Mayor Hancock made the announcement Tuesday at the Owen Boys & Girls Club of Denver, where he was joined by the author and 150 students from area summer programs.
“For me, one of the highlights of Youth One Book, One Denver is the sense of community it creates – thousands of young people reading the same book at the same time, discussing their thoughts,” Hancock said. “And it is a great way to ward off summer reading loss.”
The selection of “Savvy”, as voted on by more than 1,800 schoolchildren throughout the city, was chosen among two other finalists, “Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things” by Lenore Look and “True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle” by Avi.
Now in its third year, the Youth One Book, One Denver program has grown from 1,200 to more than 2,500 participants in out-of-school-time programs. The program offers children ages 9-12 a shared reading experience along with fun and educational programming to help combat summer learning loss.
Law will be appearing at several events throughout the summer where Youth One Book, One Denver will be giving away free copies of the book, while supplies last. For more information and to RSVP for author events please visit the YOBOD program page on the Denver Arts & Venues website.
Youth participating in partnering summer programs will receive a copy of the book as well as educational opportunities related to the book. In addition, each child will receive three additional books for their home libraries, generously donated by Rosen Publishing, Inc. Rosen Publishing donated 10,000 books, representing a $200,000 investment in Denver’s children.
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