One Book, One Minnesota

One Book | One Minnesota is a new statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect and discuss.

During the months of April and May, through their local libraries, Minnesotans will be invited to read the featured book selection and will have access to author videos, reading guides, and virtual book club discussions.

The April/May selection is Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.

The next selection will be announced soon.

All Minnesotans were also invited to participate in a statewide virtual discussion with the author on Wednesday, May 20th at 1 pm. Information about the discussion is at:

Because of Winn-Dixie is available on OverDrive, HooplaRBdigital, and from your library, but the easiest way to access it is from Ebooks Minnesota. Through Ebooks Minnesota, anyone in the state can access the digital book for free, even if they don’t have a library card. Links to resources and more information can be found at

The cover of Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, featuring a scruffy-looking, smiling dog.

About the Book

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Because of WinnDixie is a children’s novel written by Minnesota author Kate DiCamillo, published in 2000, and winner of a Newbery Honor distinction, the Josette Frank Award, and the Mark Twain Award. The classic tale follows the story of ten-year-old India Opal Buloni who, one summer day, goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries and instead comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog, and this is where the story really begins. Because of Winn-Dixie is written for middle grade readers and older, and this story of friendship will delight readers of all ages.

One Book | One Minnesota is presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, in partnership with State Library Services. Program partners include Candlewick Press, Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators, Minitex (a joint program of the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education), and Minnesota Department of Education.

  • One Book, One Minnesota

    Learn more about the program from The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.

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  • Read on EBooks MN

    Read the book for free through the end of May, with or without a library card.

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  • Plum Creek Catalog

    See if physical books or audiobooks are available at your local library.

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  • Read on OverDrive

    Read or listen to the book through OverDrive.

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  • Read on Hoopla

    Read the book through Hoopla.

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  • Listen on RBdigital

    Listen to the book through RBdigital.

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  • Discussion with Kate DiCamillo

    MLCL will help host a discussion with the author in May 20th at 1 pm. Registration required.

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  • Discussion with Librarians

    Join your librarians on Zoom on May 26th at 6 pm to for a follow-up discussion of the book and author talk.

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  • Reading Is Fundamental

    Word searches, crosswords, and more from RIF featuring Because of Winn-Dixie.

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  • Winn-Dixie Readalikes

    Enjoyed Because of Winn-Dixie? Explore similar great family reads.

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