Pennsylvania Announces 2022 PA One Book Selection Saturday

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today announced Saturday by Oge Mora as the 2022 selection for Pennsylvania’s One Book Early Literacy initiative.

“By reading regularly to young children, parents and educators can help increase vocabulary and literacy and, more importantly, foster a lifelong love of reading,” said Education Secretary Dr. Noah Ortega. “Reading is fundamental to future success, both socially and academically, and the PA One Book program introduces young learners to the new worlds, important lessons and valuable experiences that can be found in the pages of books. ‘a book.”

Saturday follows a mother and daughter who look forward to their special Saturday routine together each week. But this Saturday, one thing after another goes wrong – spoiling story time, parlor time, picnic time and the puppet show they’ve been looking forward to all week. Mom is on the verge of breaking down until her daughter reminds her that being together is the most important thing of all.

On Tuesday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m., acclaimed author and Caldecott-winning illustrator Oge Mora will speak virtually to children across the state. During the event, the author will talk about her work as a storyteller and answer questions from participants. Registration is free and questions can be submitted in advance through the PA One Book website.

Since 2006, libraries, early learning centers, Head Start programs and other organizations have participated in the Pennsylvania One Book program during the month of April. Pennsylvania One Book is a reading initiative that was developed to promote the value and benefits of reading early and often to preschoolers and to encourage family bonding through books and reading. Each year a different children’s picture book is chosen as the selection of the year.

“This beloved program has proven its resilience as it has changed over the years and responded to things like the pandemic and our changing world,” said the Acting State Librarian and Assistant Secretary of the Office of Libraries. of the Commonwealth, Susan Banks. “We are proud to continue to support this powerful program that serves as both a mirror for young readers and a window for their adults to discover their world and discover the best in new children’s literature.”

The PA One Book Project is made possible through a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Penn State University, Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 , Indian Valley Public Library, James V. Brown Library, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and Free Library of Philadelphia.

Each year, public libraries and certified early childhood education programs across the state receive a copy of the book. Funding for this project was provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries of Pennsylvania. Additional funding was provided by the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Department of Education, please visit the website or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, YoutubeWhere pinterest.

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