What is One Book Habersham?

About The Campaign

All around the country for the last decade people have been coming together to build community through stories. Habersham County has joined this national movement with One Book Habersham. Each year people throughout Habersham County Georgia are invited to read and share the same picture book.

In 2015, the inaugural year, thousands of people read and discussed Carmen Agra Deedy's Martina the Beautiful Cockroache. In March of 2015 Ms. Deedy spent three days at three elementary schools sharing her amazing storytelling gift. Hundred of adults and children were able to enjoy her stories at a public event.

The second year's book was Lester Laminack's Three Hens and a Peacock—a colorful, crazy book on the theme of accepting our own gifts. Once again, thousands of children and adults in Habersham County read the book.  Mr. Laminack spent two day in Habersham County in April 2016. During his visit all Habersham County elementary students were able to hear him speak, and many adults and families attended an evening community event.

Last year's book was Caldecott Honor: One Cool Friend written by Toni Buzzeo with illustrations by David Small. Author Toni Buzzeo came to Habersham

County for several days to speak to elementary students and meet the people of Habersham County at a special meet and greet held at Piedmont College.

This year's book is a Albert written by Donna Jo Napoli with illustrations by Jim LaMarche. Hundreds of copies of the book will be circulated throughout Habersham County in the early months of 2018. Author Donna Jo Napoli will be in Habersham County April 10th and 11th to speak to elementary students and a special evening event is planned at Piedmont College on Thursday, April 12th.

Books will be available throughout Habersham County—at schools, libraries, businesses, and restaurants. Find a copy to read, sign your name inside the book, and share with a friend.

One Book Habersham is a community partnership between the Habersham County Schools, Volunteers for Literacy of Habersham, Habersham County Libraries, and Piedmont College School of Education with support from local businesses and organizations. We invite you to join in this fun approach to building community and promoting literacy in Habersham County.

This year's book: Albert

By Donna Jo Napoli

The morning begins like any other. Albert reaches out the window to check the weather. But from the moment a twig lands in the palm of his hand, life is never the same.

Napoli's first picture book spins a beguiling tale of a recluse forced out of his shell through unlikely circumstances. Sticking his hand through the window grillwork each day to check the weather, Albert invariably decides it's "too cold," "too damp" or "too breezy" to venture out. Instead of going for a walk he "listened to baseball games on the radio and cut pictures out of magazines and wrote postcards he never mailed."

One day when he stretches his hand outside his window, a pair of cardinals build a nest in it. Reluctant to destroy the nest, Albert sleeps standing up and guards the eggs while the parents are foraging. He thus discovers that the world is not so forbidding, and decides it's time to test his own wings.

Napoli effortlessly incorporates the twin metaphors of Albert reaching out to the world around him and baby birds learning to fly in flawless prose. LaMarche's luminescent colored pencil illustrations in turn reflect the tale's quiet charm. The artist is in complete control of his imagery from start to finish: A literal foreshadowing in the opening scene shows the shadow of the birds perched on grillwork crossbars projected onto the wall, symbolizing both imprisonment and freedom; in the final scene, Albert "flies" on a swing in a city park. The artist captures Albert's gentle eccentricity in his Edwardian haircut and oddly formal clothing. A magical marriage of art and text. (from Pulisher's Weekly)

Where Can I Find It?

Books are available throughout the community for you to read. Public libraries and schools will have copies for lending. Look for them in banks, restaurants, businesses, and other places where people gather. Read a copy, sign your name inside the book, share it with a friend, talk about it with your neighbors, and help us build community through this story.

Storyteller Spotlight

Donna Jo Napoli
Donna Jo Napoli

Donna Jo Napoli is both a linguist and a writer of children's and YA fiction.

Donna Jo has five children. She dreams of moving to the woods and becoming a naturalist. She loves to garden and bake bread.

At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits. For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi, and liked to go outside and call, "Taxi!" to make the neighbors wonder. But dear dear Taxi died in 2009.

She currently lives outside Philadelphia. She received her BA in mathematics in 1970 and her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures in 1973, both from Harvard University, then did a postdoctoral year in Linguistics at MIT. She has since taught linguistics at Smith College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgetown University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Swarthmore College. It was at UM that she earned tenure (in 1981) and became a full professor (in 1984). She has held visiting positions at the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Geneva (Switzerland), and Capital Normal University of Beijing (China), as well as lectured at the University of Sydney (Australia), Macquarie University (Australia), the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), and the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa). In the area of linguistics she has authored five books (one of which is being translated into Korean), co-authored four (one of which is in Italian), edited one, and co-edited four (with a fifth in press), ranging from theoretical linguistics to practical matters in language structure and use, including matters of interest to d/Deaf people. She has held grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the Sloan Foundation.

When's it Happening?

Upcoming Events

Public Events

Make plans to help us give Donna Jo a Habersham County welcome by attending the free community event. An informal Meet and Greet will be held at The Commons at Piedmont College at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 12th, 2018. Stop by to introduce yourself, meet others who have read the book, and enjoy refreshments.

The Commons is located at 375 Georgia St. in Demorest

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