Celebrating its 16th year in 2018, 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 17 to March 14, nearly 100 events and programs will center around a featured book, the 2016 National Book Award finalist Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson.
Jacqueline Woodson is also an award-winning author of young adult and children's books—her honors include the National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Award, and Newbery Honor Award. Her prolific canon gives the One Book program the extraordinary opportunity to offer, for the first time, youth companion books by the same author as the featured selection. Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming is the 2018 middle-grade companion book, and her This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration is the 2018 children's companion book. 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 these featured books.