One Book Read City

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Follow along with celebrity readers

Chapter 1:
Mayor Jacobs

Mayor Jacobs reading Shelby & Watts Tide Pool Troubles



Chapter 2:
Tennessee Smokies

Woman with blond wavy hair reading to the Tennessee Smokies mascot



Chapter 3:
Zoo Knoxville

Director of Zoo Knoxville reading to a rhinoceros



Chapter 4:
Mayor Kincannon

Mayor Kincannon reading



Chapter 5: Knox County
Parks & Recreation

Man reading on a park bench



Chapter 6:
Knoxville Ice Bears

Knoxville Ice Bears hockey player reading in front of the penalty box



Chapter 7:
Superintendent Rysewyk

Dr. Rysewyk reading Shelby & Watts



Meet the author:
Ashlyn Anstee


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Scavenger Hunt

Students, complete the One Book Read City scavenger hunt by visiting 3 locations listed below. Find the 3-D hermit crab, collect a stamp, and return your card to your school by May 17. 

Finishers will be entered in a drawing to win a pizza party at Zoo Knoxville with Mayor Jacobs

Barnes & Noble
8029 Kingston Pike

The Bottom Bookstore
2340 East Magnolia Avenue

CommonPlace Coffee + Community
6000 Chapman Highway

Cruze Farm Pizza Barn
2723 Asbury Road

Cruze Farm Ice Cream
2721 Asbury Road
445 South Gay Street

Admiral's Dough-Joe
11665 Parkside Drive

Beaver's Dough-Joe
7650 Oak Ridge Highway

Panther's Dough-Joe
1902 West Emory Road (Powell)

Food City
All Knox County locations

Home Depot
All Knox County locations

Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Avenue

Knox Area Urban League
1514 East Fifth Avenue

Knox County Public Library
All locations

Knoxville Museum of Art
1050 World's Fair Park Drive

Likewise Coffee
1209 East Magnolia Avenue

Pellissippi State Community College (Magnolia Campus)
1610 East Magnolia Avenue

Sunago Coffee Company
10736 Hardin Valley Road

Union Avenue Books
517 Union Avenue

All Knox County locations

Wrenhouse Bakery
3023 Tazewell Pike (Fountain City)
7404 Tazewell Pike (Corryton)

6928 Kingston Pike
5132 North Broadway



Career exploration

Shelby & Watts: Tide Pool Troubles is a graphic novel in which a dynamic duo set out to solve an environmental mystery. Check out these careers in environmental science and graphic design! One Book Read City supports Knox County Schools’ mission to empower and prepare students for their future careers.

Marine Biologist
Job Pop Video Link for Marine Biologist


Jop Pop Video on Recycling and Sustainability


 Graphic Design
Jop Pop Video Link for Graphic Designer


 Park Ranger
Job Pop Video Link for Park Ranger


Environmental Scientist
Job Pop Video Link for Environmental Scientist







One Book 2024

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Shelby & Watts: Tidepool Troubles

by Ashlyn Anstee

Author Ashlyn Anstee is appearing at the 2024 Children's Festival of Reading

One Book 2023

illustration of young girl in science goggles with cat and small green dragon breathing fire

Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows

by Asia Citro





One Book 2022

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The Chocolate Touch

by Patrick Skene Catling






One Book Read City FAQ

All students K-5th grade in Knox County Elementary Schools. Books are also provided for all school staff so they can join in the book discussions with sutdents

Approximately 33,000 books are purchased and distributed annually to support One Book Read City. The cost per book is around $2.50, which means approximately $75,000 is spent on books alone. Additional donations of funds, prizes, or in-kind gifts enrich this literacy initiative through the two-week period.

This fun-filled community-wide event will not add to teacher workload. It provides engaging activities that support classroom reading. Teachers from each school participate in a quarterly information meeting where they share ideas and resources for the district. All teachers are provided with a website of lessons, videos, and activities for their students.

Multiple community events happen during the two-week period of One Book Read City festivities including celebrity guest videos, education activities, career exploration videos, and a community-wide scavenger hunt. All culminating with the Knox County Public Library's Children's Festival of Reading.

One Book Read City is only successful through community support. Individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations are welcome to provide in-kind contributions, donate prizes, and give financial support. Contact the Knox Education Foundation to discuss sponsorship and partnership opportuniites.

One Book Read City Founding Partners

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Knox County Schools
Knox Education Foundation