Literature vs. Racism

Five teenagers defaced a historic black schoolhouse in Ashburn, Virginia. Sad? Yes. Jailtime? No. The judge and prosecutor sentenced them to twelve months of book reports instead of jailtime! And what a reading list they created! Can literature help open the eyes and change the minds of these five miscreants? Read all about it in the New York Times story here.


ODOB in AASA

Read to Them‘s One District, One Book program is featured in the new February issue of AASA’s School Administrator.

“You’re the man with the books!”  That’s what kids in Irving, TX say when they see dynamic Irving ISD Superintendent José Parra.

 

The article highlights the work of…

Lake Hamilton ISD Superintendent Steve Anderson in Pearcy, Arkansas.

Irving ISD Superintendent José Parra in Irving, TX.

Ponca City Public Schools Superintendent Dave Pennington in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

 

Quotables…

“We started getting pictures sent in by parents on Facebook, at home with their children reading about Humphrey…We had not only mom and dad reading, we had aunts, uncles and grandparents.” – Steve Anderson

“If I can connect them to an experience they can take with them for the rest of their lives and enjoy, then mission accomplished.” – José Parra

“Any time you can sit down with the family and turn the TV off for a few minutes and gather your kids up and read to them or have them read to you, that’s a positive.”  – Dave Pennington

 

You can read – and pass on! – the full article here

 


New Newsletter is Here

The newest One School, One Book newsletter is here.  It features details from the Read Every Day experience in Weirton, WV; an interview with Grace Lin, author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon; and a feature on RTT‘s Multicultural Education Specialist, Maia Kling.

In our next issue, look for our newest feature, Tips from the Field, featuring hands-on tips and recommendations from participating OSOB experts.

Read the Winter Newsletter!


How to OSOB

Thomas Jefferson E.S. in Yorktown Heights, NY explains how they set up their very first One School, One Book program.  Among the highlights…

  • they gave copies of Charlotte’s Web to their bus drivers, too
  • they previewed their first title with a sneak-peak commercial
  • parents have been sending in pics from home of their families reading together
  • teachers post students vocabulary work from Charlotte’s Web outside their classrooms
  • one student is quotes as saying she and her family as so busy they don’t get to see or talk to each other – except when they are reading Charlotte’s Web!

Watch their new School District video!

And follow the rest of their OSOB experience with Charlotte’s Web on Facebook.


Our newest title…

Is a doozie!

Chock full of humor, hijinks, lessons learned the hard way, ornery sisters, demanding teachers, mouth-watering cream puffs, New York Yankees, and choice Shakespearean curses culled by a 7th grader.

You can find all that in Gary D. Schmidt’s The Wednesday Wars – and that’s why it’s our newest Middle School title – designed to provoke and intrigue adolescents with all manner of interests – and their teachers – and even their parents.

You can read more about the Wednesday Wars here.

And more about our growing range of Middle School titles here.

“Toads, beetles, and bats!”

 


Charlotte is Coming

Another great OSOB preview video.  This one from Thomas Jefferson E.S. in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Check out their 5 minute preview video – designed to build excitement for their coming OSOB selection – E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web.

You can tell they’re all into it – students, teachers, parents, and administrators.

You can share this video with other schools to show them how to set up and build anticipation for their OSOB selection.

And look for more updates from Yorktown Heights on Twitter and Facebook.