Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR) brings children ages 6–10 and their caregivers together to enjoy outstanding and thought-provoking picture books. Each 90-minute FAIR session includes an engaging, active reading of a book, followed by guided discussions on the book and on a principal theme found in the book. Each FAIR session is a part of a longer series, of either six or four weeks, that focuses on one of three overarching topics: character, relationships, or community. Each FAIR session also includes introductions to library services and light refreshments.
FAIR picture books—which families take home to keep—are scholar-chosen for literary and artistic qualities, as well as for their engagement with humanities themes that are meaningful and sometimes difficult for children. In addition to thematic considerations, the books draw on a variety of cultural traditions found in contemporary American—and global—communities. The books work together in the creation of multicultural, diverse, and inclusive syllabi.
Mass Humanities funds FAIR series throughout Massachusetts through its Discussion Grants program. Those interested in organizing a FAIR series in any Massachusetts city or town are encouraged to contact Abbye Meyer at Mass Humanities for more information and/or fill out a Discussion Grant application.