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One Book For Nebraska Kids
or One Book For Nebraska Teens

Wouldn't it be great if kids all over Nebraska were talking about books? The Nebraska Library Commission & the Regional Library Systems have a program where kids can all read and discuss the same book.

The Nebraska Library Commission and the Regional Library Systems have book bags for many, but not all, of the selected titles. To borrow the book bags, contact the Commission Reference Services, 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665, e-mail, or the Regional Library System offices. For more information contact Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services, 402-471-4003, 800-307-2665. Guidelines can be found here. These are thought-provoking books to read anytime and librarians may borrow the book sets whenever they are available and fit into their library or school's schedule. The Library Commission has many other book bags available - check them out here.

Hear about this program from the NCompass Live archived recording of the "One Book For Nebraska Kids & One Book For Nebraska Teens, with 'Stick Dog' author Tom Watson! - Recorded Online Session".

Beginning in 2013 we select both a One Book for Nebraska Kids and a One Book for Nebraska Teens every year. Prior to 2013 we alternated choosing titles. The "Kids" book is aimed at grades 4-6 or so and the "Teens" title is often aimed at high school age readers.

Looking for past selections? Jump to: 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2014 2013 2012 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08


Current Year: One Book For Nebraska Kids and Teens 2021

Kids: Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Six kids are invited to spend the last hours of school on Friday in the ARTT Room (A Room To Talk). Their only assignment is to talk to each other about anything. It starts slowly but before long they are sharing their private concerns and hopes with each other. And all agree to keep to themselves whatever is said on Friday afternoon. Haley’s father is in prison, and she has never told anyone until now. Esteban is worried both about his father being deported, and about what that might mean for the rest of his family. Each of them has something they don’t want other people to know, but by sharing with their group, they learn more about themselves and their worries, hopes and dreams.

Harbor Me Book Cover
Activities Puzzles 
Author Information
Tile Puzzle, Answers  
Discussion Guide from Penguin Random House (Harbor Me guide starts on page 10). Crossword, Answers
Book Club Kit
Letter Drop Puzzle, Answers
Book Website Word Search, Answers
Read-alikes

Teens: Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
Jade (16) loves collage art and photography. She is a scholarship student at a mostly white prestigious private school and lives in what others consider a questionable area of Portland, Ore. She is invited to join the Woman to Woman program and if she stays with it for her last two years of high school she is guaranteed a college scholarship. During her junior year Jade makes friends with Sam (Samantha) who rides the same city bus to school. It isn’t long before things begin to chafe her, how her white friend makes excuses for prejudiced behavior and how she feels sometimes like the school, and even her mentor, Maxine (who is black), thinks she needs saving. She finally works on speaking up for herself. When she hears about a black girl at a pool party who was beaten by police, she has trouble dealing with it, but finally finds a positive way to respond (with others) and make a difference.

Piecing Me Together Book Cover
Activities Puzzles 
Author Information
Cryptogram, Answers  
Discussion Guide from Curious City Crossword, Answers
Book Club Kit
Tile Puzzle, Answers
Book Website Word Search, Answers
Read-alikes


Coming Soon: One Book For Nebraska Kids and Teens 2022

Kids: The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader

Activities Puzzles 
Author Information
Tile Puzzle, Answers  
Teacher Guide from Reading to Kids Crossword, Answers
Book Club Kit
Letter Drop Puzzle, Answers
Blank Comic Template from Scholastic Word Search, Answers
Read-alikes

Adventures of Beanboy Book Cover

Teens: Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

Activities Puzzles 
Author Information
Tile Puzzle, Answers  
Discussion Guide from Sourcebooks Crossword, Answers
Book Club Kit
Cryptogram Puzzle, Answers
Read-alikes Word Search, Answers

Stupid Fast Book Cover

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