Announcing the 2024 One Book, One Philadelphia Selections

By Terence W. RSS Thu, February 15, 2024

One Book, One Philadelphia is a signature project of the Free Library of Philadelphia that promotes literacy, library usage, and civic dialogue by encouraging the entire greater Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book.

From April 8–May 22, dozens of free-to-the-public events, discussions, and creative workshops will center on the following titles:


True Biz by Sara Nović

The River Valley School for the Deaf is something of a haven for teens who just want to do the things every other hearing teen gets to do. But when the school faces the threat of closure, the three characters at the center of this novel — Charlie, a new student at River Valley; Austin, the golden boy from a long line of a deaf family; and February, the Headmistress of the school — all struggle with what this might mean for their lives. Focusing on themes of belonging, autonomy, and the importance of self-expression, True Biz shows the rich history and culture of Deaf communities.

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Middle-grade readers are invited to join the conversation with You're Welcome, Universe. When Julia finds a slur scrawled on the wall of her school, Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a mural of her own. But when she is expelled for her illegal graffiti, she finds herself the only deaf student at her new school. Julia’s art is her only outlet in this new environment. She soon realizes she may not be the only graffiti artist in town.

Can Bears Ski? by Raymond Antrobus; illustrated by Polly Dunbar

In this children's book, Little Bear feels the world around him. He feels his bed rumble when Dad Bear wakes him up in the morning. He feels the floor shake when his teacher stomps to get his attention. But something else is missing. One day, Little Bear learns that he has been experiencing deafness and will start wearing hearing aids. Little Bear’s new world is LOUD and will take some getting used to, but with the love and support of Dad Bear, he will find his way.

Please check back in April for the full events calendar, and review the Programming Guide for an overview of the 2024 One Book, One Philadelphia season, discussion questions for True Biz, and other resources.

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