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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 2021 NCompass Live archived recording of the One Book For Nebraska Kids & One Book For Nebraska Teens, 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 2022

Kids: The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader


Never underestimate the power of the bean. Tucker MacBean has been drawing comic books almost as long as he’s been reading them. When his favorite comic has a contest for kids, he hopes he has finally found a way to fix his family—all he has to do is create the winning superhero sidekick . . . Introducing “Beanboy”—the first comic book character to truly harness the power of the bean for good. He is strong, he is relentless, he can double in size overnight (if given enough water).

With thoughtful characterizations and copious comic book illustrations, this laughout-loud novel will have readers rooting for a superhero with true heart.

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

It’s about a boy. It’s about sports. It’s about being a serious dork. It’s about a paper route. It’s about bullying and the opposite. It’s about a girl. It’s about hair growth. It’s about a little brother. It’s about piano. It’s about a depressed mother. It’s about learning to be who you are. It’s about not hiding. Book 1 of 3: Felton Reinstein trilogy

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

Coming Soon: One Book For Nebraska Kids and Teens 2023

Watch this space for information about next year's selections!

Sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission & the Regional Library Systems