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
In The News
Monrovia Elementary has the Golden Ticket!
Monrovia Elementary just finished their first One School, One Book. Marianne Berlin had this to say:
We just finished our first One School, One Book. Oh my, movie night was over 550 people for the showing of the Willy Wonka movie 1971 version. This was the most successful reading program we have attempted as a whole school. The parents are extremely complimentary and anxious for more whole school reading! These pictures our from our movie night, our kick-off supper, and “Willy Wonka” passing out candy to all students. That’s actually me!
Edward C. Killin kicks off The Lemonade War with some laughs!
Edward C. Killin Elementary has just started reading The Lemonade War. At their opening assembly they sang the school song, read a chapter aloud, had a flash mob to “Gotta Keep Reading”, and even performed this sprightly, chuckling skit.
OSOB Mystery Reader at Bradfield Elementary in Highland Park, Texas: Dallas Cowboys Head Coach, Jason Garrett
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett reads the last chapter of Cricket in Times Square in at Bradfield E.S. Highland Park, TX.
South E.S. in Madison, OH is reading Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle
South E.S. in Madison, OH is reading Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle. Check out this quick vid and listen to the students as the books are delivered…by motorcycle!
One District, One Book in Watertown, N.Y.
Listen to Mary-Margaret Zehr and Patti La Barr explain how Watertown, N.Y. has embraced One District, One Book. Three books. Six schools. 2500 families. You can read one of several articles here, and explore more media resources – radio and TV interviews, newspapers articles, and a slideshow – here.
Spring 2014 Newsletter
Read To Them is happy to announce that the Spring 2014 Newsletter has been released! Inside you’ll find information on how one school is using Title I funds to ensure annual participation in ODOB, the positive effects of family literacy, and how OSOB received a shout out on one of America’s favorite talk shows! Check out the newsletter now!
DFS chronicles their journey as the entire school reads The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. Check out the website they’ve created that highlights their OSOB activities such as the “Dolphin Idol” assembly.
Read to Them is proud to announce that one of our most popular books, The Lemonade War, by Jacqueline Davies, is now available in Spanish.
Timmons Elementary School
Timmons Elementary School from Chagrin Falls, Ohio finishes their One School, One Book program with Poppy by Avi. Check out all the great work they’ve done on their Timmons E.S. OSOB webpage.
Appoquinimink School District Reads The Lemonade War
Over the course of a week, new items mysteriously began showing up in Brick Mill Elementary School’s lobby showcase. First it was pitchers and cups. The next day it was lemons, followed by coins, photographs of siblings and lemonade mix. Finally, students were asked to wear yellow to school on Monday for the official unveiling of Brick Mill’s 2014 One School, One Book selection with The Lemonade War, by Jacqueline Davies. Read more.
Winter 2014 Newsletter
Read To Them is happy to announce that the 2014 Newsletter has been released! Inside you’ll find information on how other schools are using OSOB and ODOB, how to have fun with Humphrey and how to send RTT feedback! Check out the newsletter now!
Tara Height Elementary School Report on Masterpiece
Village Elementary School shares their experience of RTT’s One School, One Book program. The video slideshow exhibits some of the exciting activities they’ve completed in their fourth year in the program!
One District, One Book Family Book Club – Carroll ISD
If you’re still curious about our Read Aloud to a Child Week Environmental Awareness offerings, check out these resources from the GLOBE program – Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment – sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation. They have storybooks and instructional materials for K-4. Check out their website and peruse their offerings here.
One School, One Book Revs Up with The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Students at Carrollton Elementary School gasped with delight when a dirt bike unexpectedly drove into their cafeteria last week. The stunt kicked off the school’s program for Beverly Cleary’s classic, The Mouse and the Motorcycle. The trick definitely created quite the buzz around the school and students can not wait to start the book. Madison Lilly, a third-grader at Carrollton said, “I think it’s going to be about a mouse that dreams of having a motorcycle of his own, and I think he’ll get one.”
Daniels Farm Elementary School Kicks off Kenny and the Dragon
On October 10th, Daniels Farm Elementary School in Shelton, Connecticut enthusiastically introduced Tony DiTerlizzi’s Kenny and the Dragon with a fun assembly. Students throughout the school are excited to read the book together and participate in planned trivia and activities. Read the full story to see what Daniels Farm has planned for their future with One School, One Book.