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2021 One Book, One District Promotes Reading, Encourages Dialogue

We are pleased to announce the featured title in our second annual "One Book, One District" community read. The 2021 title is Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

The purpose of this reading program is to promote the value of reading and encourage dialogue amongst family, friends, and neighbors to strengthen community identity, unity, and understanding.

Stamped was chosen to address the issue of social justice and start conversations about how community members can take positive steps toward change. Through a gripping, face-paced, and energizing narrative, Stamped shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas – and on ways you can identify and stamp out racist thoughts, leading to a better future.

There will be two opportunities to be part of a respectful dialogue with fellow readers this summer. The Senior Center Book Club will discuss it at their meeting on June 2, and the Dundee Library Book Club will do the same on June 30. All participants of the book clubs will receive their own complimentary copy of the book.

Summer Reading Challenge participants will earn an activity badge by reading or listening to the book, attending a book club discussion, or attending a related virtual program, “Juneteenth: Past, Present, and Future” on June 19. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

For our younger readers, two award-winning titles have been chosen for their relevance and acclaim.

New Kid by Jerry Craft is a winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature. It is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real. Students in Grades 3-6 can get in on a discussion at “Between the Panels” on July 15. Summer Reading Challenge participants will earn an activity badge by reading or listening to the book or attending a book club discussion.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña received the Newbery Medal in 2020 and was on the list of Notable Books for a Global Society and the ALA Notable Children’s Books in 2016. In this picture book, a young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things. Students in Grades K-3 can get in on a discussion at “Book Explorers” on June 17. Summer Reading Challenge participants will earn an activity badge by reading or listening to the book or attending a book club discussion.

One Book, One District titles are available in many different formats including hard copy, eBook, audiobook, Playaway, and CD. Just search our online catalog at www.frvpld.info to find your favorite!