Each year Notre Dame selects a book to read and discuss as a community of students, faculty, alums and friends. Books are selected that explore and deepen a core theme in the Education for Justice and Leadership initiative and engage our community in academic scholarship and intentional dialogue that reflects our Catholic identity.

In addition to reading the book and discussing underlying themes throughout the integrated school program, students and the community typically meet the author during a campus visit in the fall. Due to Covid regulations, this year's event is virtual. In the past eleven years, through this ND Reads program, our school community has touched on many topics.  We have traveled to Africa to study the Rwandan genocide, journeyed with a young monk seal and learned about climate change from his perspective, explored how to stand in kinship with gang members, and memorialized the 60th anniversary of integrating schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, just to name a few.  

Our 2022 ND Reads selection will be announced in late spring. Please check back then for details.


World of Wonders
by Aimee Nezhukumatathil


A Place for Us
by Fatima Farheen Mirza 


The Color of Law
by Richard Rothstein
Reaching Out
by Francisco Jimenez


The Monk of Mokha
by Dave Eggers


Lessons From Little Rock
by Terrence Roberts


Stealing Buddha's Dinner
by Bich Minh Nguyen


The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal and  Marine Biologist's Fight to Save a Species
by Terrie M. Williams


La Verdad
by Mary Jo Ignoffo & Lucia Cerna


Tattoos on the Heart
by Gregory Boyle, S.J.


I'm Not Leaving
by Carl Wilkins


Enrique's Journey
by Sonia Nazario


A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini


The Distant Land of My Fathers
by Bo Caldwell


Funny in Farsi
by Firoozeh Dumas


Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin