Public Libraries in Lancaster County will celebrate Pennsylvania’s One Book Every Young Child Campaign with Author Visits!


Lancaster County’s public libraries will participate in the 13th annual One Book, Every Young Child statewide early learning initiative, to highlight both the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers, ages 3-6 years and specifically the vital role that adults have fostering that development.

Special Story Times will be offered at all of the public libraries in Lancaster County from April 3 through May 29.  There will also be special Author Visits on May 3, 2018.  (See schedules below for Author Visits and Storytimes!)

The initiative is a collaborative effort of Pennsylvania public libraries, museums, early childcare centers and other youth-oriented associations in the Commonwealth. This year’s book selection is My Cousin Momo written and illustrated by Zachariah OHora.  Published in 2015 by Dial Books, this book is for children ages 3 to 5.

Early learning starts in Pennsylvania’s Public Libraries. During story time, youth librarians foster early childhood literacy and school readiness skills. Now in its 13th year, One Book, Every Young Child is a valuable program that highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers and the significance of reading early and often to children, as well as engaging them in conversation and other activities around books.

The program has remained successful in part due to the partnership of collaborating agencies that all support early childhood literacy efforts. They worked together to develop this multifaceted program which is accessible to all areas and populations of the state.

Public Librarians during the reading of the book, engage children in open-ended discussion about the story line and characters, introduce new vocabulary, talk about alphabet letters and make a point that reading books builds a critical foundation of knowledge, readying a child for school. Encouragement is given to parents to “Read to One’s Child Every Day”.

Libraries have additional copies of My Cousin Momo for parents and caregivers to borrow.

picture of squirrel with camera around neck - cover image for "my cousin Momo"About the 2018 Book Selection: My Cousin Momo
When a flying squirrel arrives for a visit with relatives, carrying his suitcase, wearing a camera around his neck, and sporting a pink T-shirt and aqua-and-yellow running shoes, he fails to impress his two cousins and their many forest friends. He’s too shy to fly for them, and he doesn’t know how to play superheroes, hide-and-seek, or acorn-pong. The cousins are frustrated by Momo’s behavior (one cousin kicks a mushroom), but when they follow their parents’ advice to “Give him some time” and “Just make him feel welcome,” they modify the rules of their games so Momo feels included. OHora’s stylized illustrations are humorous (Momo dresses as “Muffin Man” when playing superheroes) and touching (he cries as he packs his suitcase, wanting to go home). VERDICT Many children will relate to Momo’s situation as he faces new surroundings and experiences and will be relieved when his cousins finally accept him for who he is. ~Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada 

The Reviews Are In…

“Picture books with hip, quirky illustrations that are not just funny but also have plenty of heart are hard to find. The stylish My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora has it all.” ~ The Boston Globe

“OHora’s story soars, encouraging acceptance and being true to yourself.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

OHora could paint stones in the street and make them funny.” ~ Publishers Weekly

“Many children will relate to Momo’s situation as he faces new surroundings and experiences and will be relieved when his cousins finally accept him for who he is.” ~ School Library Journal

“Fun details—like Momo’s tiny camera and his cousin’s superhero bat costume—will delight. A fab offering.” ~ Booklist

“Librarians and parents will delight in the lightly played theme of approaching the unfamiliar with an open mind.” ~The Horn Book

One Book, Every Young Child
 Author Visits ~ May 3, 2018

10:30 a.m.
Eastern Lancaster County Library
11 Chestnut Dr., New Holland, PA 17557
To register, visit,
register in person, or call us at 354-0525.

 12:45-1:45 p.m.
H.C. Burgard Elementary
111 S. Penn St., Manheim, PA 17545
Sponsoring Library: Manheim Community Library
(This event is closed to the public)

 6:30 p.m.
ititz Public Library
651 Kissel Hill Rd., Lititz, PA 17545
To register, email at
(Include your name, phone number and number attending.)
You may also register in person or call 717-626-2255.

One Book, Every Young Child is made possible through a collaboration of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Carnegie Science Center, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children and The Pennsylvania Child Care Association. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

During the months of April and May, public libraries around the county will host special “My Cousin Momo” story time celebrations that will incorporate reading the selected book along with themed-related concepts and activities and other teaching tools to stretch children’s exploration and learning.  Public Library programs support the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.

There also will be traveling trunks developed by early childhood educators to help expand upon the concepts in My Cousin Momo. Each trunk is filled with fun book-related activities, games and manipulatives for young children that align with Pennsylvania’s Learning Standards for Early Childhood. 

My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora
Story Times/Traveling Trunk Programs @ Public Libraries

List of scheduled events celebrating early literacy; libraries may require registration, please contact your local public library for more information.

Tuesday, April 3
Lancaster Public Library 10:30 am

Thursday, April 5
Lancaster Public Library – Mountville Branch 10:15 am

Wednesday, April 11
Salisbury Township Branch Library 10:00 am
Pequea Valley Public Library 11:15 am

Thursday, April 12
Milanof-Schock Public Library 10:30 am

Monday, April 16
Ephrata Public Library at 10:00 am &  11:00 am

Wednesday, April 18
Manheim Township Public Library 10:00 am

Thursday, April 19
Elizabethtown Public Library 10:30 am

Tuesday, April 24
Lancaster Public Library – Leola Branch 10:30 am

Wednesday, April 25
Moores Memorial Library 10:30 am
Strasburg-Heisler Library 10:30 am

Saturday, May 12
Quarryville Library 10:00 am

Tuesday, May 22
Manheim Community Library 10:00 am

Tuesday, May 29
Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland) 10:30 am

Zachariah OHoraAbout the Author…

Zachariah OHora is the illustrator of The New York Times best-selling book Wolfie the Bunny. He is the author and illustrator of a number of award-winning books including No Fits Nilson! – The Huffington Post Best Children’s Book of 2013 – and The Not So Quiet Library.

My Cousin Momo was a Boston Globe Best Children’s Book of 2015. His debut children’s book Stop Snoring Bernard! won the 2011 Society of Illustrators Founder’s Award and was the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child selection in 2012.  Zach lives in Narberth, PA with his wife and two sons.

Visit him online at or on Twitter @ZachariahOHora.

For more information about the One Book, Every Young Child early learning initiative visit:

Previous selections for the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child program are:

  •  2017 – Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer
  • 2016 – Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand
  • 2015 – Number One Sam by Greg Pizolli
  • 2014 – Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale
  • 2013 – The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
  • 2012 – Stop Snoring Bernard by Zachariah OHora
  • 2011 – Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne
  • 2010 – What a Treasure! by Jane and Will Hillenbrand
  • 2009 – If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor
  • 2008 – Up, Down, and Around by author Katherine Ayres and illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott
  • 2007 – A Splendid Friend, Indeed by author and illustrator Suzanne Bloom
  • 2006 – Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by author and illustrator Lindsay Barrett George


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