20,000 Texans Read ‘The World According to Humphrey’

Irving ISD’s One District, One Book  is a movement designed to get an entire school community – including parents – involved in the joy of reading. Every Irving ISD elementary school student will receive a copy of The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney. Following a shared schedule, the families read at home together. In the school, there are regular events that reinforce the reading and get everyone at school excited about the book. Each school will have different activities at different times throughout the three-week period so check with your librarian and parent liaison for more information. View video here.


“Knight” of Reading at North Shore Elementary School

North Shore Elementary recently held a “Knight” of Reading Under the Stars to promote family reading. Studies show that children benefit from having their parents read aloud to them not only when they are little, but all the way up to and through middle school. North Shore invited parents to bring a blanket and a flashlight so they could read to their children outdoors at night. Students performed, children picked out free books to read and take home, and a raffle ended the night. Sally Baynard, the gifted teacher at North Shore Elementary, tells us about the night and about a reading program that North Shore Elementary is starting in January, called “One School: One Book.”


One School, One Book, Chocolate Fun!

Jessica Sarver from Madison School writes,
“We just finished our One School, One Book project, and it was a huge success!  I would love to share some of the highlights with you!  You can also see the video summary of our project here.

To kickoff our project, we had a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Assembly.  You can see pictures from our assembly here.  Some of the highlights: Students received their books wrapped as “Waverly Bars” (our school name).  Students with a golden ticket in the back of their books were picked to play games. Our Superintendent came dressed as Willy Wonka, and brought the Assistant Superintendent and Director of Technology as Oompa Loompas. We read as a school, and played 4 Willy Wonka themed games (lickable wallpaper, blueberry squeeze, chocolate pie, and bad egg). During the month of October, we used the trivia you provided each morning and also took the Roald Dahl Character quiz at www.roalddahl.com.  We graphed the staff and student results of this quiz.

Our public library hid golden tickets in some of their books, too!

After we were finished reading the book as a school, we had a family movie night to watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”