One Book, One City for Kids

One Book, One City for Kids
Because of Mr. Terupt

4th graders are invited to read along with us!

One Book, One City for Kids is an annual reading program encouraging 4th graders in the City of Grand Rapids to read and discuss the same book each winter. The program also strives to encourage a lifelong love of reading among middle school-age readers, to inspire readers to bring story ideas and themes to life through discussion, and to build collaborative ties between public libraries, school libraries and area schools.

This year we’re reading the book Because of
Mr. Terupt

This year the entire city will be reading Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea. In this book, seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by “rookie teacher” Mr. Terupt.  There’s an “accident” that happens midway through the story – how do these kids handle the difficulties of everyday life, with this additional stress?

Enter to win an author visit at your school!

Five lucky schools will win a free author visit with Rob Buyea!  Your school may be randomly chosen for a visit, to take place on either Monday, March 10 or Tuesday, March 11. Enter your class today!

Events in our city

Author Rob Buyea at the Bookstore

Monday, March 10
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Pooh’s Corner Breton Village Mall – 1830 Breton Road SE 616.942.9887

Come to Pooh’s Corner Bookstore to meet Rob. He will be signing books. Feel free to ask him all your questions and tell him what you think about his books. Pooh’s Corner has lots of books that you can buy, so bring along some birthday money. This event is free and open to anyone who wants to come.

“Because of Mr. Terupt” at Cook Library Center

Saturday, March 22 1:00 pm
Cook Library Center
1100 Grandville Ave. SW

Visit the Cook Library Center for an afternoon of food, fun, and family activities. This party is free and open to anyone who wants to come.

Thank you to our community partners:


Thank you to our sponsors:

The Hekman Fund of the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation.