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One Book Read City starts for Knox County Schools elementary students

For the next few weeks, elementary schoolers in Knox County will have something in common: they’ll all be reading the same book.

One Book Read City, a program promoted by Mayor Glenn Jacobs and other stakeholders, kicked off Monday as books were sent out to all elementary classrooms in Knox County Schools. It’s all about showing students that reading is fun.

Students in grades K-5 will read “The Chocolate Touch” by Patrick Skene Catling. 

A local “celebrity” reader will read each chapter of the book in videos available online to students. Each person was picked because they are recognizable and can bring their shared book to life.

“The Chocolate Touch” was chosen because it is appropriate for all ages.

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The book is a retelling of the King Midas story, but instead of gold, the main character turns everything his lips touch into chocolate — thanks to a surprise coin and mysterious candy shop.

"The Chocolate Touch" by Patrick Skene Catling

“What I like about this book particularly is it harkens back to classic mythology. It’s a way to bring in classic literature and make it more accessible,” said Mary Pom Claiborne, assistant director of marketing for Knox County Public Libraries.

Knox County Public Libraries have copies of “The Chocolate Touch” so parents can follow along with their kids.

One Book Read City is scheduled to run through May 20. Students get their books on Monday and the hope is to have chapter one read by the end of Tuesday.