Saratoga Reads! began in 2004. It is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote a stronger sense of community through reading and shared experiences. The Saratoga community nominates and ultimately votes to select the winning book each year. Past novels include The Secret Life of Bees, Water for Elephants, The Kite Runner, Wicked, and Caramelo. Once a book is selected a variety of events inspired by the book are planned by Saratoga Reads! and partner organizations throughout the community. Junior companion books that complement the main book are selected for younger readers each year as well. For more information about this community reads project, please visit www.saratogareads.org.