One Book One San Diego 2018

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

Worldview Project

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

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