• 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


Read To Them’s Mission:

To Create a Culture of Literacy in Every Home


Parents are in a unique position to create daily positive interactions with their children about books and reading. They are children’s first role models and teachers.

What?Reading chapter books aloud

Children, especially those from less literate homes, need to be exposed to rich vocabulary and complex, grammatically correct sentences. Listening to chapter books read aloud on a regular basis is an effective way to advance this literacy growth. It also creates excitement and discussion about books and promotes the habit of reading. The more children are read to, the better they get at reading.

Where?At home

Schools are charged with the awesome responsibility of teaching all children to read — including many who do not come to school prepared to read. Parents who read to their children at home prepare them to become effective readers. This home activity provides a daily reading vitamin crucial to a healthy literacy diet.

How?Through the OSOB and ODOB programs

One School, One Book and One District, One Book are literacy and community building programs. They are tools to reach families through the schools — based on a simple premise and simple operating procedures. Every participating elementary school family receives a copy of the same high quality children’s novel. Under gentle guidance every family reads the book over the course of a designated month. Interest in the book is created and augmented at school through demanding daily trivia questions. The result is a school wide/district wide conversation about a book. That conversation leaves the classroom to enter the cafeteria, the playground, and the parking lot, and it comes to involve every layer of the school community.

Why?Listening leads to literacy

President Obama has exhorted parents to read to their children.  OSOB/ODOB shows parents how to do so. Other reading programs shower books on families without direction.  Read to Them’s programs enable parents to read aloud children’s novels at home by doing it as a community.  Ample research demonstrates that children who are read to at home on a regular basis become better readers and are more successful in school. Listening leads to literacy.

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