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One Book for Kids is a companion program to One Book, One San Diego that is just for kids! In February, the community is asked to nominate titles the entire community should read together - for adults, teens and kids. The Children's and Young Adult Selection Committee reviews these nominations and ultimately selects a title they believe fits our selection criteria best. In the fall, KPBS and our community partners host events inspired by the book for for kids and families.

2019 Selection Announcement!

"Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales

Winner of the 2019 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, and New York Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Book of 2018.

In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the United States with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn’t come empty-handed. She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams. . . and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and six-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales’s gorgeous picture book “Dreamers” is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly’s passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it.

A parallel Spanish-language edition, “Soñadores,” is also available.

One Book One San Diego For Kids Author Event With Yuyi Morales

Saturday, December 7 2019 10:30 a.m.

San Ysidro Library

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Join KPBS and the San Diego Public Library to explore themes of immigration, literacy, and family found in "Dreamers" with award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Special kid-friendly program Craft stations by Girl Scouts San Diego Book signing with Yuyi Morales Complimentary churros and hot chocolate ...

Events for "Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales

One Book For Kids With Girls Scouts San Diego In El Centro

Saturday, November 23 2019 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

El Centro Library

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Join KPBS and Girl Scouts San Diego for a special workshop around the 2019 One Book for Kids selection, "Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales. Includes a story time and hands-on craft activity, and the first 60 participants will receive a free copy of the book! ...

One Book For Kids With Girls Scouts San Diego In City Heights

Saturday, October 19 2019 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

City Heights/Weingart Library

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Join KPBS and Girl Scouts San Diego for a special workshop around the 2019 One Book for Kids selection, "Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales. Includes a story time and hands-on craft activity, and the first 60 participants will receive a free copy of the book! ...

One Book For Kids With Girls Scouts San Diego In Chula Vista

Saturday, October 26 2019 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

South Chula Vista Library

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Join KPBS and Girl Scouts San Diego for a special workshop around the 2019 One Book for Kids selection, "Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales. Includes a story time and hands-on craft activity, and the first 60 participants will receive a free copy of the book! ...

One Book For Kids Book Fiesta

Saturday, October 12 2019 10:30 a.m.

Paradise Hills Library

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Come celebrate 2019 One Book for Kids selection, "Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales, with our Saturday craft time. Let's make a dream catcher and enjoy Mexican snacks and hot chocolate! "Dreamers" is a beautifully illustrated picture book is a timeless tale of family. It celebrates ...

One Book For Kids Storytime: 'Dreamers' By Yuyi Morales

Wednesday, October 9 2019 3 p.m.

Carmel Mountain Ranch Library

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Please join us for a storytime featuring the 2019 One Book for Kids selection, "Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales. This beautifully illustrated picture book is a timeless tale of family. It celebrates what migrants bring with them when they leave their home, and it reminds ...

Dia de los Muertos Celebration Featuring The 2019 One Book For Kids Selection: 'Dreamers'

Wednesday, October 30 2019 3 p.m.

Valley Center Library

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Dia de los Muertos celebration featuring the 2019 One Book for Kids selection, "Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales. This beautifully illustrated picture book is a timeless tale of family. It celebrates what migrants bring with them when they leave their home, and it reminds us ...

Loteria With Math & One Book, One San Diego

Friday, November 1 2019 3:30 p.m.

Alpine Branch Library

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Loteria/Mexican Bingo with themes from the 2019 One Book for Kids selection, "Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales. Using math, we can figure out our likelihood of winning. Prizes provided. This beautifully illustrated picture book is a timeless tale of family. It celebrates what migrants bring ...

Past One Book for Kids Selections

"Blue Sky, White Stars" by Sarvinder Naberhaus and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

2018 One Book for Kids Selection

Blue Sky, White Stars is a picture book written by Sarvinder Naberhaus and illustrated by New York Times bestselling and Caldecott-honor winning artist Kadir Nelson. Deceptively simple verses pair with richly evocative images of American history, landscape, and people.

"My Beautiful Birds" by Suzanne Del Rizzo

2017 One Book for Kids Selection

Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbours in a long line, as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes. But all Sami can think of is his pet pigeons―will they escape too? When they reach a refugee camp and are safe at last, everyone settles into the tent city. But though the children start to play and go to school again, Sami can't join in. When he is given paper and paint, all he can do is smear his painting with black. He can't forget his birds and what his family has left behind.

One day a canary, a dove, and a rose finch fly into the camp. They flutter around Sami and settle on his outstretched arms. For Sami it is one step in a long healing process at last.

A gentle yet moving story of refugees of the Syrian civil war, My Beautiful Birds illuminates the ongoing crisis as it affects its children. It shows the reality of the refugee camps, where people attempt to pick up their lives and carry on. And it reveals the hope of generations of people as they struggle to redefine home.

"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" by William Joyce

2015 One Book For Kids Section

The book that inspired the Academy Award–winning animated short film, from New York Times bestselling author and beloved visionary, William Joyce, is also a picture book! It is an allegory about the curative power of story and how books return the favor to those who care for them.

"Joyce’s magnificently illustrated book-about-books inspired—yet arrives after—his 2011 animated short film of the same name, which won an Oscar. The unusual sequence of film-to-book (there’s an app, too) suggests that while books are indeed glorious things, what really matters is story. This one follows a dreamy bibliophile named Morris Lessmore, who loses his cherished book collection to a cataclysmic storm that’s half Katrina (Joyce is from Louisiana) and half Wizard of Oz. Underneath this book-about-books, there’s a deeper story of love, loss, and healing, one that will be appreciated as much (if not more) by adults as by children." -Publishers Weekly

"It's a Little Book" By Lane Smith

2015 One Book For Littlest Kids Selection

For the youngest of readers who still prefer to chew on a book rather than read it, “It's a Little Book” asks what a book is for--Is it for chewing? Is it for wearing?--and answers the question in a warm and charming way. As funny and captivating as the bestselling “It's a Book, It's a Little Book” promises to delight a new generation of readers.

“The pint-size companion to the best-selling ‘It’s a Book!,’ the board book version doesn’t merely shrink the proportions of the original; it also wisely contracts the whole wired world of its older brother into the smaller scope of a toddler’s landscape ― in a good way.” - New York Times "ArtsBeat" Blog

"Cora Cooks Pancit" By Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore

2014 One Book For Kids Selection

Cora loves being in the kitchen, but she always gets stuck doing the kid jobs like licking the spoon. One day, Cora finally gets the chance to be Mama's assistant chef. And of all the delicious Filipino dishes that dance through Cora's head, they decide to make pancit, her favorite. With Mama's help, Cora does the grown-up jobs like shredding the chicken and soaking the noodles. When dinner is finally served, her siblings find out that Cora did all their grown-up tasks, and Cora waits to see what everyone thinks of her cooking.

Dorina Lazo Gilmore's text delightfully captures the warmth between mother and daughter as they share a piece of their Filipino heritage. With bright and charming illustrations by Kristi Valiant, Cora's family comes alive as Cora herself becomes the family's newest little chef.

"Jingle Dancer" by Cynthia Leitich Smith

2013 One Book For Kids Selection

Jenna, a contemporary Muscogee Creel girl in Oklahoma, loves the tradition of jingle dancing that has been shared by generations of women in her family, and she hopes to dance at the next powwow. But where will she find enough jingles for her dress?

The warm, evocative watercolors of Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu complement author Cynthia Leitich Smith's lyrical text as she tells the affirming story of how a contemporary Native American girl turns to her family and community to help her dance find a voice.

"Armando and the Blue Tarp School" by Edith Hope Fine and Judith Pinkerton Josephson

2012 One Book For Kids Selection

A truck horn sounds through Armando’s colonia, his neighborhood, near the city dump. Señor David is back, setting up school on a blue tarp spread on the ground. Oh how Armando longs to go to this school, but he knows he must help his father pick through trash in the dump for things his family can use, recycle, or sell.

When Armando’s parents at last decide to let him spend afternoons at Señor David’s school, Armando is overjoyed. He’ll learn to read and write. He’ll learn numbers. Best of all, he’ll draw pictures. And one momentous day Armando’s love of drawing helps bring an almost unimaginable treasure to the children of the colonia.

Told with honesty and hope, “Armando and the Blue Tarp School” is a testament to the pursuit of dreams and the power of one person to make a difference in the lives of others.

"The Secret Message" by Mina Javaherbin

2012 One Book For Kids Selection

“All day the bird sang of longing. But the merchant would not let him go…”

Alone, imprisoned in a golden cage, and far from the jungles of home, a parrot longs for freedom. Will he ever escape? Thanks to a secret mesage passed along by his friends in India, the parrot outwits his wealthy owner and soars to freedom.

Based on an ancient Persian poem, this is a story of surprising cleverness, powerful solidarity, exotic travels, and a simple wish fulfilled. This enchanting tale, told with subtle humor and vibrant images, is a perfect introduction to the culture, literature, and history of the Middle East.

About One Book, One San Diego

Past One Book, One San Diego Selections

Last year we highlighted "Monstress" by Lysley Tenorio. Find out more about this book and other previous One Book selections, in our archives..

One Book, One San Diego: FAQs & Selection Criteria

One Book, One San Diego promises to be an exciting program in 2018. This article answers common questions about the program. Contact Clare Pister at cpister@kpbs.org with further questions.