One Book, One Philadelphia

2019

Celebrating its 17th year in 2019, One Book, One Philadelphia is a signature event of the Free Library of Philadelphia that promotes literacy, library usage, and citywide conversation by encouraging the entire greater Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book.

From January 16 to March 13, nearly 100 events and programs will center on the 2017 National Book Award-winning novel, Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward.

In addition to featuring one adult companion title and two youth companion titles to complement and enrich discussions, One Book, One Philadelphia will also present a diversity of author voices through recommended reading lists of young adult and children's books that connect with themes in the featured books.

Read, Discuss, and Discover this year's
One Book, One Philadelphia title 

Previous years' One Book, One Philadelphia selections

2018

Another Brooklyn Another Brooklyn

2017

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

2016

Cold Mountain Cold Mountain

2015

Orphan Train Orphan Train

2014

The Yellow Birds The Yellow Birds

2013

The Buddha in the Attic The Buddha in the Attic

2012

Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work

2011

War Dances War Dances

2010

The Complete Persepolis The Complete Persepolis

2009

The Soloist The Soloist

2008

What Is the What What Is the What

2007

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy

2006

Ben Franklin 300 Ben Franklin 300

2005

The Things They Carried The Things They Carried

2004

The Color of Water The Color of Water

2003

The Price of a Child The Price of a Child