• 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

Read to Them is a not-for-profit organization spearheading a movement that advocates reading to children for just fifteen minutes a day. Listening leads to understanding. The benefits of comprehension during this brief period of listening are well documented.

Our goal is to impact the general public, particularly parents of preschool children, about the vital impact reading to them has on their pre-literacy skills. If children hear words for two minutes daily, they will have heard 180,000 words a year, and with five minutes that becomes over 350,000 words in a year. Young children can be read to at any age, even as infants, and will internalize the sounds of words with delight as long as the duration of reading coincides with a child’s natural attention span.

Reading to children sounds simple, but the results are complex and permanent. Children who learn to listen eventually learn to read, and literacy skills provide the basis for a lifetime of learning and productivity. Unfortunately, literacy rates continue to decline despite the dozens of literacy programs in place in the United States. The reason for this lies in the fact that the programs seek to fix an existing problem, targeting children who have lagged behind goals and expectations. Reading to children for fifteen minutes a day prevents the problem, which is a far easier task than undoing the problem once it has become entrenched.

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