Youth One Book, One Denver

Now in its fifth year, the Youth One Book, One Denver summer reading program has grown to 6,000 participants. The program offers children ages 9-12 a shared reading experience along with fun and educational programming to help combat summer learning loss.

Our 2016 book selection is still top-secret, but stay tuned for our announcement on May 20!

Are you making summer plans for your kids? We are thrilled to share a few opportunities tied to this year’s Youth One Book, One Denver. Art Students League of Denver is offering two week-long classes for kids. Eleven to thirteen year olds can build their own board game and eight to ten year olds can create a book. Check out more specifics and sign up through the links below.
Ages 11-13, M-F, 9 a.m.-noon, June 13-17
Ages 8-10, M-F, 1-4 p.m., June 13-17

Lighthouse Writer’s workshop will be focusing on our Youth One Book, One Denver selection during their youth Lit-Fest class. You can gather more information and sign up here.
Grades 6-8, M-F, 9 a.m.-noon, June 13-17

2015 Youth One Book, One Denver Book Selection

The Comet’s Curse
by Dom Testa
Earth has been contaminated by a comet and everyone over the age of 18 is dying. The Galahad project will send a spaceship, captained by a 16-year-old girl and a wise-cracking computer. The spaceship houses 251 teens. Will they survive to colonize another planet and save the human race? And are they the only ones aboard their spaceship?

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Potential 2016 Youth One Book, One Denver Book Selections

Book Scavenger, by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

A hidden book. A found cipher. A game begins . . . .

Twelve-year-old Emily is on the move again. Her family is relocating to San Francisco, home of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger, a game where books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles. But Emily soon learns that Griswold has been attacked and is in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold and leads to a valuable prize. But there are others on the hunt for this book, and Emily and James must race to solve the puzzles Griswold left behind before Griswold's attackers make them their next target.

The Secret of Ferrell Savage, by J. Duddy Gill

Middle school romance is hard enough, but cannibalism really gets in the way.

Ferrell Savage is finally twelve, and finally eligible to compete in The Big Sled Race on Golden Hill—the perfect chance to impress Mary Vittles. Mary is Ferrell’s best friend…and maybe, someday, something more. Except the “more” Ferrell first finds is more information about his family. It turns out that his great, great, great uncle had an encounter with Mary’s great, great grandfather. And the encounter was, well, let’s just say…edible. Sure, the circumstances were extreme, but some facts might just be romantically indigestible. At least now Ferrell understands why his family is vegan.

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

Meet Gladys Gatsby: New York’s toughest restaurant critic. (Just don’t tell anyone that she’s in sixth grade.)

Gladys Gatsby has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, only her fast-food-loving parents have no idea! Now she’s eleven, and after a crème brûlée accident (just a small fire), Gladys is cut off from the kitchen (and her allowance). She’s devastated but soon finds just the right opportunity to pay her parents back when she’s mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world.