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Books to Bridge the Region is a reading initiative that encompasses seven Northwest Indiana counties: Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke.  We encourage area residents to read books on a common theme and thus foster conversation between people and generations.










Books to Bridge the Region is a reading initiative encompassing seven Northwest Indiana counties: Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke. 

We’ve changed our timing for 2017/2018!  

B2BR plans to distribute our “Lit Kits” in Spring 2018

(instead of the usual autumn deliveries).  

Conversations with teachers, media specialists, and school administrators indicated a preference for springtime programming to coordinate with B2BR books. 

In addition, the state of Indiana has announced a reading initiative for 2018 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  

Books to Bridge the Region is excited to support this first-ever statewide reading event by promoting coordinating Frankenstein book selections and delivering our annual Lit Kits to complement the upcoming programs.  

For more information on One State, One Story, please visit

And look for B2BR book selections to arrive in the Spring!

   Books to Bridge the Region 2018

A community reading event for Northwest Indiana

Interesting conversation • Special events • Family fun

For information and events, visit www.books2bridge.org



Adult Selection:

Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel (Original Text) 

by Mary Shelley

 Script Adaptation: Jason Cobley. Linework: Declan Shalvey. Art Direction: Jon Haward. Colouring: Jason Cardy & Kat Nicholson. Lettering: Terry Wiley.
Copyright Classical Comics, Ltd.; 2008. Cover photo: Classical Comics, Ltd.

One State / One Story: Frankenstein is an Indiana Humanities program and has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Middle Reader Selection:

 Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor 

by Jon Scieszka; illustrations by Brian Biggs

Published 2014 by Amulet, an imprint of Abrams
Book design: Chad W. Beckerman
Cover photo: frankeinsteinbooks.com/

                                                                                                   jsworldwide.com                                 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Biggs

Picture/Easy Reader Selection:

Frankie Stein 

by Lola M. Schaefer; illustrations by Kevan J. Atteberry 

Book design: Anahid Hamperian. Editor: Margery Cuyler. Published 2007 by Marshall Cavendish & 2009 by Two Lions.
Cover photo: 

  lolaschaefer.com                        kevanatteberrry.com

                  If you have had an event and your town is not circled, let us know and we will add you!                                                                                
 Time Out for Reading - Put Your Nose in a Book!
Schools and Libraries watch out for our Lit-Kits!

Books to Bridge the Region again joined with the Northwest Indiana Literacy
Coalition and its partners to deliver almost 450 "Lit Kits" to all schools,
public and private, and all public libraries, in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper,
Newton, Pulaski and Starke counties. Each kit contains one or more of our
featured books, depending on the ages served by that organization.

BOOKS TO BRIDGE THE REGION encourages area residents to read and discuss selected books on a theme. 

How can my town, library, school or organization participate?

  • Sign up for our email newsletter
  • Complete and return or fill out, save as pdf and email the Participation Response Form.
  • Attend our scheduled events. Just click the Calendar of Events tab for
    a list of programs and activities in five counties.
  • Plan your own events or programs based on the books or the theme.
    Feel free to use any of the free downloadable resources on this website.
  • Tell us about your event.

How can I help?

Donations are greatly appreciated and will be used to purchase books, plan programs and coordinate region-wide efforts. The fiscal agent is Purdue University Calumet. 
Contact Books to Bridge the Region at 219-931-5100, Ext. 310.

Make checks payable to:  

Books to Bridge the Region 
PO Box 606
Hammond, IN 46325-0606

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