One Book, One Philadelphia is a joint project of the Mayor’s office and the Free Library of Philadelphia. The mission of the program, which is entering its fifth year, is to promote reading, literacy, library usage, and community-building throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.

This year, the One Book Selection Committee chose Carlos Eire’s National Book Award-winning memoir, Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy (Published by Free Press), as its 2007 featured selection. To engage the widest possible program audience and to encourage multi-generational reading, two thematically related companion books for children, teens, and families are suggested. The two companion titles are Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and Coming to America: the Story of Immigration, by Betsy Maestro. Both books provide children and adults with the opportunity to further understand the topic of immigration and engage in discussion about its history.

Hundreds of Community Partners have developed programs to enhance the public's enjoyment and understanding of the featured and companion books. (See “The Book” for more details about this year’s selections.)  There is also a complete list of Sponsors and Community Partners on this site. We thank our Sponsors and Partners, and especially our Lead Sponsor for the fifth year, Independence Blue Cross, for their tremendous support.

One Book, One Philadelphia is consistently one of the best community-building projects in the region and we thank you for taking part!