• 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

Suggested Activities

1. the Goose’s challenge – Early in the book, the Goose dares Wilbur to escape his comfortable home in the barn. She offers a resounding message of Carpe Diem: “Root up everything! Eat grass! Look for corn! Look for oats! Run all over! Skip and dance, jump and prance! …stroll in the woods!” I’d encourage you to encourage students to find a way to celebrate Wilbur’s sense of freedom and escape (however short-lived). Ask them to describe what they would do if they had newfound freedom? Perhaps some may even want to write about it – elaborately. Beyond this, though – think hard and ask yourself – is there something you can do in school to capture Wilbur’s sense of abandon? Some let-it-all-hang-out loosening of inhibition. It can be in class, in school, or outdoors. But something to invite students to let their hair down. “Root up everything…!”


10. the County Fair – Everyone has a County Fair. And many schools organize field trips to them. Use Charlotte’s Web as a guide and enable students to explore and find and experience everything at the Fair that Fern and Avery – and Wilbur and Templeton – do. Make a checklist and give every student a handy copy.

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