Overview: KPBS’ One Book, One San Diego is a much-beloved engagement initiative that encourages everyone in the region to read and discuss the same book. A partnership between KPBS and a collaboration of other community organizations, the 12-year-old program has touched thousands of lives. This is because One Book is structured so that it literally appeals to everyone. Participants come from all walks of life--- from San Diego natives to new arrivals, senior citizens to elementary school children, high-income executives to low-income families. One Book has three companion programs: One Book for Kids, One Book for Teens and One Book Sin Fronteras in order reach the broadest possible audience.
Mission: to bring San Diegans together through an enriching, locally relevant literary experience.
2018 One Book Selections
Main and Teens Selection: March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
Kids: Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Spanish: March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
Selection Process: Each year, the community helps choose a book that will shape the local focus, discussions and events that compose the One Book experience. The One Book Advisory Committee chooses the main One Book selection and subcommittees choose a children’s, teens, and Spanish-language companion books from hundreds of community nominations. Each book selection—from children’s to adult—must be of high literary merit, with themes that resonate with the local community, and inspire thought-provoking discussions.
Events: The program kicks off in the fall with events featuring the author, which are followed by over 100 partner events throughout the season. These events include book discussions, film screenings, cultural performances, cooking classes and more, all in effort to encourage literacy, learning and community.
San Diego State University Love Library
San Diego Public Library
San Diego County Library
San Diego City College
University of San Diego Copley Library
Point Loma Nazarene University Ryan Library
Oceanside Public Library
Escondido Public Library
Chula Vista Public Library
San Diego Council on Literacy
Juvenile Court Book Club
University of California, San Diego Library
Girl Scouts of San Diego
Rosa Parks Elementary School
Crawford High School
Hoover High School
Deaf Community Services of San Diego
ABIBCA (Asociación de Bibliotecarios de Baja California)
Little Fish Comic Studio