One Book Every Child



Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child

“One Book, Every Young Child” is Pennsylvania’s first collaborative project highlighting the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers. The participating agencies share a mission to foster early childhood literacy and show preschoolers how much fun reading can be. The early learning initiative brings attention to the ways that children develop six early literacy skills and what parents and educators may do to encourage children’s acquisition of the skills.

This year, young readers across Pennsylvania will be introduced to two books as part of the 2019 Pennsylvania One Book early literacy program!

This year’s winners!

Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming, for infants and toddlers (available in English only)

There’s plenty of hustle and bustle down on the farm as animals of all shapes, sizes and colors join in a rousing dawn chorus. The only quiet creature is Goose, who’s playing hide-and-seek, and children can try to spot her on every page.

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Barnyard Banter Fun Guide



Not a Box by Antoinette Portis


Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, for children ages three to five (available in English and Spanish)

A box is just a box . . . unless it’s not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.  Inspired by a memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her sister, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real—when the imagination takes over and inside a cardboard box, a child is transported to a world where anything is possible.

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Not a Box Fun Guide

PA One Book Every Young Child Storytime Schedule at Public Libraries

Tuesday, April 2 at 10:00 am
Manheim Community Library

Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 am
Lititz Public Library

Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11 at 10:30
Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

Monday, April 15 at 10:00 am and 11:00 am
Tuesday, April 16 at 10:00 am and 11:00 am (Toddler Time)
Ephrata Public Library

Check with public libraries not listed here for more information about their One Book Every Young Child Storytimes.

Local Public Libraries


Check out the winners of the past!