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Youth One Book, One Denver program announces 2017 selection!

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Mayor Michael B. Hancock recently announced this year’s selection 2017 Youth One Book, One Denver (YOBOD):  “Upside-Down Magic” by Sarah Mylnowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins. Now in its sixth year, the YOBOD program offers children ages 9-12 a shared reading experience along with fun and educational programming to help combat summer learning loss.

This new, offbeat series from hit authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins chronicles the misadventures of Nory and her oddball friends, who prove that upside-down magic definitely beats right side up. 

Denver children will be reading together and exploring themes of mindfulness and meditation, science, art, and individual uniqueness. The program will launch on June 13 at McNichols Civic Center Building (144 W. Colfax Ave.) and run through August 11. Summer programming includes group activities, workshops and classes, and self-directed activities found in the free activity guide. Events and activities are based on “Upside-Down Magic” and range from science and technology, to theatre and art, to mindfulness, meditation and yoga. A full list of related events (with more being added daily) may be found on

New to the program this year, participants will be able to track their reading progress, get programming and reading suggestions, and earn activity badges at


Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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