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Stories for Denver Days


Each year during the first week of August our city celebrates Denver Days, a time of community gathering and neighbor-to-neighbor connection. 2022's Denver Days take place July 30th through August 7th and the library is joining in on the fun. The stories below are about real and imagined cities and feature a connection to something we love about Denver. From our incredible murals to the joy of greeting neighbors around the block, there's something familiar to discover between the pages.

So, grab your neighbors and a book below, and pick a favorite spot in your community to share a story together!

Daniel's Good Day
Micha Archer
When his neighbors give a variety of answers to the question "What is a good day?" Daniel writes a poem about the everyday activities that give them joy.
The Big Umbrella
Amy June Bates
A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain.
Together We Ride
Valerie Bolling
Told in rhyming text, a young African American girl learns to ride a bike, with the help of her father.
Around Our Way On Neighbors' Day
Tameka Fryer Brown
A young girl makes her way through an urban neighborhood filled with children playing, men debating, women cooking, and jazz music playing as her community gathers to celebrate "Neighbors' Day."
Miguel's Community Garden
JaNay Brown-Wood
Miguel and his dads search for sunflowers in the community garden as they get ready for a party with friends.
Maybe Something Beautiful : How Art Transformed A Neighborhood
F. Isabel Campoy
Mira lives in a gray and hopeless community until a muralist arrives and, along with his paints and brushes, brings color, joy, and togetherness to Mira and her neighbors.
Bodega Cat
Louie Chin
Told from the perspective of a spunky bodega-dwelling cat name Chip, this picture book story describes the ins and outs of a bustling neighborhood market filled with interesting friends, great food, hard work, and lots of fun.
Quinito's Neighborhood = El Vecindario De Quinito
Ina Cumpiano
Quinito describes the members of his family and some of the people in his neighborhood and what they do, from his mother the carpenter and his father the nurse to his teacher and his wife, the school crossing guard.
Show The World!
Angela Dalton
From painting, music, and slam poetry, to engineering, protesting, and photography, a young narrator journeys through her neighborhood, encouraging readers to explore all the many ways they can express themselves.
Julia Denos
Walking his dog at dusk, one boy catches glimpses of the lives around him in this lovely ode to autumn evenings, exploring your neighborhood, and coming home.
What Can A Citizen Do?
Dave Eggers
Across the course of several seemingly unrelated but ultimately connected actions by different children, we watch how kids turn a lonely island into a community--and watch a journey from what the world should be to what the world could be.
City Baby
Laurie Elmquist
A poetic board book that reminds baby of all the joys of living in a bustling big city.
The Little Red Stroller
Joshua Furst
Luna outgrows her stroller just as Ernie needs one, and when he outgrows it he passes it along to Gigi, and soon many different families have received and shared the gift.
Kazu Jones And The Denver Dognappers
Shauna M. Holyoak
Eleven-year-old Kazuko, already well-known for "helping" the police, investigates a rash of dognappings, aided by her Japanese mastiff, Genki, and friends.
Block Party
Gwendolyn Hooks
The neighborhood is having a block party and everyone is expected to bring food to share. Padma's mother decides to bring a pot of homemade soup, and Padma worries that her friends will not like it.
Kick Push
Frank Morrison
When Epic's family moves to a new neighborhood, he has a hard time making friends and fitting in with his skateboard; but the trick to making new friends is to be yourself!
My Papi Has A Motorcycle
Isabel Quintero
When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her.
Gabi Snyder
Illustrations and easy-to-read text urge the reader to go beyond the noise of the city to listen to a crow's caw, rain dripping onto a sidewalk, and whispered goodnights.
Every Dog In The Neighborhood
Philip Christian Stead
Louis and his eccentric Grandmother set out to count every dog in the neighborhood when they find out about city hall's woefully inadequate record keeping.
My Family Four Floors Up
Caroline Stutson
Illustrations and rhyming text follow a young girl and her father as they share a busy day at the park before returning to their fourth-floor apartment.
Our Little Kitchen
Jillian Tamaki
A crew of resourceful neighbors comes together to prepare a meal for their community. Includes a recipe and an author's note about the volunteering experience that inspired the book.
We Are Together
Britta Teckentrup
Celebrate the power of love and friendship in this book featuring artwork and peek-through pages.
Hidden City: Poems Of Urban Wildlife
Sarah Grace Tuttle
A poetic book highlighting everyday nature The perfect blend of science and poetry, Hidden City demonstrates that nature can thrive anywhere, even in highly populated areas.
Hey, Wall : A Story Of Art And Community
Susan Verde
Armed with pencils, paints, dreams, and Grandma Addy's memories of how beautiful the neighborhood once was, Angel and others paint the big wall that had been cold, empty, and cheerless.
Everybody In The Red Brick Building
Anne Wynter
In the middle of the night, a chain reaction of noises wakes the residents of an urban apartment building, and then lulls them back to sleep.

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