The 13th annual All Pikes Peak Reads program asks readers to engage the extraordinary, a theme reflected in the choice of books that the Pikes Peak Library District announced Thursday.
The books include: "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd, and "Who Owns the Ice House?: Eight Life Lessons From an Unlikely Entrepreneur" by Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger.
The teen book is "Matched" by Ally Condie, and the children's books are "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963" by Christopher Paul Curtis and "Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad" by Ellen Levine.
The books are available now, said PPLD spokesman Sean Anglum. Programming activities for APPR, which includes visits from several authors, will begin in the summer and ramp up in the fall.
Each year, PPLD chooses a different theme and a handful of titles that support it. This year's selections were chosen for their extraordinary characters striving for individual freedoms and the social and political rights of others.
The overriding theme for the year is the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
"This is used as a starting point to kick off these community-wide dialogues and discussions during this year for our All Pikes Peak Reads initiatives," said Paula Miller, PPLD executive director. "This will also be a touchstone to numerous programs across the district and at our new state-of-the-art facilities."
Schoeniger was at the announcement, and spoke about his partnership with Pulitzer-nominated author Taulbert and the subject of their book, Taulbert's Uncle Cleve Morman.
"There is a different way entrepreneurs look at the world," said Schoeniger. "The core lesson from 'Ice House' was: How does a man with a fourth- or fifth-grade education manage to succeed when everybody else is getting on the field bus? The lesson is simple. No matter who you are, or where you've come from, you can empower yourself by solving problems for other people."