ALLen Reads

allen reads celebrating 10 yearsALLen Reads is a one-book program under the leadership of the Friends of the Allen Public Library. It is unique in one-book programs in that related books are chosen as “companions” to the main book to promote families and all generations reading and talking together.

ALLen Reads will complete its 10th year of providing the community with its wonderful One Book Program. Over the years, the Allen community has benefited from reading some great books with an opportunity to meet fabulous authors, had thought-provoking discussions and attended a variety of local programs!

The Friends coordinate this annual community project in which a book is chosen for the whole community to read and discuss. Activities often include book discussion groups, an author visit, a movie, a play, and other guest speakers. The library, AISD, and all of Allen’s civic groups and community organizations support this effort!

Stay tuned for our next event in the Fall of 2018!! Happy Holidays to all!

Join us! Friends of the Allen Public Library meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 PM, Allen Public Library Board Room.

ALLen Reads meets the second Monday of each month at 7 PM in the Allen Public Library Board Room.

ALLen Reads is designed to:

  • stimulate interest in the pleasure and importance of reading
  • engage the residents of our community as we come together – in schools, families, book groups, civic organizations and more – to discuss the book and the issues it raises
  • encourage reading at all ages
  • include everyone, especially those new to the country or community
  • bring the community together through shared activities and experiences

ALLen Reads 2017: A Decade of Reading Together

Our 2017 ALLen Reads Books

Brown Girl DreamingMain Selection

brown girl dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson
(Recommended for grade 5 through Adult)
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In vivid poems, Woodson shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow laws and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world and joyfully finds her voice through writing stories, even as she struggled to read as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.


Companion BooksEach Kindness

Each Kindness
by Jacqueline Woodson

Illustrated by E. B. Lewis
(Recommended for grades 3 – 4)
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Each kindness makes the world a little better.

Chloe and her friends won’t play with the new girl, Maya. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her. Eventually, Maya stops coming to school. When Chloe’s teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship and thinks about how much better it could have been if she’d shown a little kindness toward Maya.

The Other Side

The Other Side
by Jacqueline Woodson

Illustrated by E. B. Lewis
(Recommended for grades K – 2)
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Clover’s mom says it isn’t safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. However, the two girls strike up a friendship and get around the grown-ups’ rules by sitting on top of the fence together.  Parents will recognize the symbolism of the fence between the yards.  Children will love the story of how a new friendship is built and the beauty of the watercolors illustrations.

For more information download a copy of our 2017 ALLen Reads brochure, call (214) 509-4911, or email

 Thank You

 to the people, organizations & businesses that made this project possible for 2016!

Family Circle

Allen Arts Alliance

Allen Public Library

City of Allen

Foundation for Allen Schools


Friendship Circle

Allen ISD

Allen Kiwanis Club

Allen Noon & Sunrise Rotary Clubs

Barbara Buehler

Red Pepper Productions, Inc.

Kindness Circle

Allen High Noon Lions Club

Allen Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Barnes & Noble

Food for Thought Cafe

*”This project was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas,

the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.”