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  • First, we’re having a GREAT time with the One School-One Book program…. Getting “thank you” notes from parents already about how it’s “forcing” some family reading time that they seemed to have lost over the years.
    — Paul Marinko - Principal at St. Paul's Lutheran School - Fort Wayne, IN
  • Since last spring, our entire school has excitedly embraced the One School, One Book Program. We will soon begin our spring selection: A Cricket in Times Square -- the third book we've adopted since the spring of 2010! We are so thrilled with the positive impact this program has had on our students, families, and staff
    — Laurie LaRue - First Grade Teacher at Edgewood School - Bristol, CT
  • I think the OSOB program is brilliant. My seven year-old attends Orleans Elementary in Massachusetts and they (we) are reading Masterpiece. Since the grades levels range from one to five at this school, finding a book to suit all is difficult. My daughter can follow the big picture somewhat but we have to reinforce what we’ve read because it’s a lot to take in for her.
    — Glenn Krzeminski - Parent of student at Orleans Elementary - Orleans, MA
  • The One District, One Book program promoted by Read To Them...is a powerful way to systemically address and promote a culture of literacy throughout the entire school system. My school actually adopted a hamster and even used it as “pet therapy” for many of the behaviorally challenged children in our school.
    — Kenny Moles of West Virginia

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Survey Reinforces Value Of Parents Reading with Children

ReadAloud_info-2Scholastic recently performed a survey showing the positive effects of parents reading with children.  Click here to read our summary of the report (which includes a direct link to the report).

Click here to read the report summary

Texas Reads featured in Literacy Today

Texas Reads One BookThe Texas Reads One Book initiative was recently featured in Literacy Daily, an online journal sponsored by the International Literacy Association.

The article, by John Micklos, Jr., includes a surplus of great information about the program, including the kickoff event starring Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett reading the first chapter of The World According to Humphrey.

Click here to read the entire article

The Next Big Hit: “Ivan” by Perry Hill Elementary in Shelton, CT!!!

Watch out American Idol!  Perry Hill Elementary 5th graders in Shelton, Connecticut revamped a classic using The One and Only Ivan as inspiration.  Take a listen and be sure to follow along with the lyrics below…


“Let It Be” – IVAN – Rewrite by: Lori M. Lisi

When I find myself in times of trouble
My friend, Stella comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, “Set them free.”
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, “Set them free.”

Set them free, Set them free
Set them free, Set them free
Ivan and Ruby . . . Set them free

And when the One and Only Ivan
Living in the Mall agrees
There will be an answer, Set them free
For though Stella departed
There is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, “Set them free.”

Set them free, Set them free
Set them free, Set them free
Ivan and Ruby . . . Set them free

Set them free, Set them free
Set them free, Set them free
Ivan and Ruby . . . Set them free


Set them free, Set them free
Set them free, Set them free
Ivan and Ruby . . . Set them free

And when the billboard’s finished
There is still a chance that they will see
Go to “Zoo Atlanta” let it be

I wake up to the shouts of children,
Running through the zoo to see
Ivan and Ruby . . . We are free

Climb the trees, Feel the breeze
Hear the hum of bumblebees
Ivan and Ruby . . . we are free

Kinyani watches me
Silverback I’m meant to be
Ivan and Ruby . . . we are free

It’s a zoo, It’s not free
But it’s all the free we need,
Ivan and Ruby . . . happily


Late Spring 2015 Newsletter Released!

rtt-newsletter-spring-15Read To Them is happy to announce that the late Spring 2015 newsletter has been released!  Inside you’ll find out details about Read To Them‘s One District One Book program is strengthening communities and ways to connect with Read To Them via social media.  Check out the newsletter now!

Highland Park Independent School District in the news!

Here’s a video of Bradfield fourth-grader Charlya Grace Williams and Armstrong Library Media Specialist Lori Riley describing the experience of reading aloud as a community! Says Lori:

“I’ve seen the excitement for reading just spread throughout the community. I love how it’s like a giant book club with 1,300 members!”

Original Source: Bookworms: One town, one book

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Learn more about OSOB

Here are two introductory videos to explain One School, One Book. Check 'em out - then use them to explain OSOB to the rest of your community - teachers, parents, sponsors.

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