Virginia Reads One Book Prize Winners!

The first annual Virginia Reads One Book program kicked off in February of this year. A total of 92 schools joined together to read The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies.

Getting ready to read at Crestwood Elementary School in Fairfax County.

Plans are already in motion for a bigger and more exciting Virginia Reads One Book  event in 2019. Family and educator surveys were sent out to schools who participated this year, and schools with the highest response rates won prizes.

The Superintendent of Botetourt County Public Schools, Mr. John Busher, catches up on a chapter.

Grand Prize Winner: Drew Model Elementary School in Arlington won an in-person visit from Jacqueline Davies!

Second Prize Winner: Colonial Elementary School in Botetourt County won a Skype visit with Jacqueline Davies!

A student at the Economic Fair in Newport News.

Honorable Mention: three schools won autographed sets of the The Lemonade War Series!
– Beaverdam Elementary School in Hanover Co.
– Elizabeth Redd Elementary School in Richmond
– Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School in Warren Co.

Students are Drew Model Elementary School read together

Congratulations to all of our prize winners. Thank you for your valuable feedback about Virginia Reads One Book. We can’t wait for next year!


11 Years of One School, One Book!

Dr. Gerald B. Probe Elementary School in Alberta, Canada celebrated their 11th year of One School, One Book in 2018!  Learning Support Teacher, Michelle Dimnik has worked incredibly hard to bring and build and expand the program to her school each year.

Check out more great stuff happening on twitter here.

Every day leading up to their book title reveal, Dr. Gerald B. Probe School tweeted each of their previous One School, One Book picks. As you can see, they have read some awesome books together over the years! The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown was chosen for their 11th year of reading together.

Michelle Dimnik hands out books to eager students.

The exciting kickoff event was covered by the local newspaper, you can read all about it here!

Wonderful robot artwork by students!

Since their book reveal, Dr. Gerald B. Probe students have created wonderful artwork and were even visited by a real robot!

Students dance with “pepper” the robot!

Dimnik is already planning next year’s read, and this time the entire Lethbridge School District of 14 schools will join together! In past years Dr. Gerald B. Probe has partnered with two other schools to read together, but this will be their first district-wide read. Dimnik says, “If it can happen like that on the Westside with three schools, can you just imagine what can happen with our whole district doing one book together?”

Check it out in the video below!

We have loved watching the program grow in Lethbridge and can’t wait to see what book they choose for the District next year!


A Look Back at Virginia Reads One Book 2018!

The first annual Virginia Reads One Book kicked off in February this year with students, families, and staff reading The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies! Almost 40,000 students in 41 districts were involved all across the state from Arlington to Blue Ridge to Portsmouth!

Books are delivered by bike to students at Newsome Park Elementary School in Newport News.

Jesse and Evan’s story connected classmates, teachers, bus drivers, custodians, siblings, and families at 92 schools!

Students perform a lemonade stand skit at the Economic Fair in Newport News.

Students put on skits, made music videos, created artwork, hosted family nights, made t-shirts, and of course drank lemonade! You can watch the slideshow of Virginia Reads One Book on our Family Financial Literacy page.

Students read together in Prince William county.

We can’t wait for Virginia Reads One Book 2019.  Please visit our website page if you are interested!

Incredibly detailed lemonade stands made by students and their families at Lancaster Primary School.

If you haven’t been to our Facebook page yet, check it out! Newport News School District posted some wonderful pictures of their Economic Fair, you can find them here.

A prize winner at the Economic Fair in Newport News.

More lemonade stands from Lancaster Primary School. 

Students and their families enjoy the Economic Fair in Newport News.