One Book, One Book Group

Community read programs can be a great source for identifying titles that might work for your book group. Here’s a rundown of some current community read programs.

Fox Cities Reads (WI) is reading the novels of Wisconsin author Michael Perry.

One Book, Everybody Reads at Wilmette and Kenilworth (IL) Public Libraries is reading The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester.

One Book Two Villages at the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District (IL) is reading The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, and Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan.

One Book, One New Jersey is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz and Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

A Capital Read (ME) is reading Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming

One Maryland One Book is reading Song Yet Sung by James McBride.

One Book, One Nebraska is reading A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich.

One Book, One Philadelphia and On the Same Page Cincinnati are reading The Soloist by Steve Lopez. This is also the selection for Once City, One Book in Thousand Oaks and One Book Sacramento (CA).

One Book One Community in Allegheny County (PA) is reading The Giver by Lois Lowry.

One Book, One Boulder County (CO) is reading Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.

One Book Chelmsford (MA) and One Book One Lexington (KY) are reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortneson.

One Book One Marin (CA) is reading What Is the What by Dave Eggars.

One Book of Rutherford County (TN) is reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

One Book One Castle Rock (CO) is reading Plainsong by Kent Haruf.

Naperville Reads (IL) is reading Playing with the Enemy by Gary W. Moore. 

North Reading Reads (MA) is reading The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

Reading Together (Kalamazoo, MI) is reading All Over but the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, and The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg.


At the Library of Congress Center for the Book web site, you can find a list of more “one book” projects, listed by state and county as well as by author/title.



About the Author:

Mary Ellen Quinn is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Librarianship (2014), the former editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a long-time contributing writer to Booklist.

2 Comments on "One Book, One Book Group"

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  1. Mary Ellen,
    Thanks for creating this roundup of “one book” projects. These campaigns are absolutely amazing and I would recommend them to any community. Yes, they are work, but very very worthwhile. This year, Naperville READS hosted not only adult author Gary W. Moore but children’s author Dan Gutman. Gutman’s public appearance was fabulous, we had fathers and sons racing each other to finish titles; whole classes who were “treated” to the event because of what they read and even elementary age girls stumping Dan on sports questions. Reading the same title creates a fabric of discussion, engagement and community. I urge other areas to weave this fabric in their communities.
    Susan Greenwood
    Naperville READS 2009

  2. Yes, thank you for creating this list. I love to see what other communities are reading.

    Here at Kalamazoo Public Library, we just finished a successful season of Reading Together where we enjoyed Rick Bragg’s three memoirs. Rick came to Kalamazoo on April 14 and had the audience eating out of his hands. He was a delightful presenter.

    We have interviews with Rick on our web site.

    Lisa Williams
    Reading Together

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