• 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


by Andrew Clements (1992)

Frindle tells the story of Nick Allen, a curious, precocious, irreverent, creative, and stubborn boy who challenges his teacher (and authority in general) by inventing a new word and plots to have it accepted by his school. His nemesis is his diligent, scholarly, patient, wise teacher – Mrs. Granger – who reveres the dictionary, but also has a sense of grace and perspective. All children will be amused by the classroom situations that Clements uses to move his tale along briskly. Hopefully teachers and parents can manage the inventive irreverence towards authority that Nick may inspire in some students. Clements is a very popular contemporary author with today’s elementary school population. Frindle moves at a brisk pace, and will engage adults, too, with the ethical questions it poses – particularly the question of the right and wrong way to challenge authority.

There are nine supplementary resources for Andrew Clements’ Frindle:

  • a sample letter home to parents
  • a sample reading schedule
  • an assembly script
  • an assembly script Glossary (?!)
  • Daily Trivia Questions (w/ Answer Key)
  • a Trivia Contest (w/ Answer Key)
  • Suggested Activities
  • a sample audio file

As a participating member of One School, One Book you may have access to all of these document files. Here are some samples:

The sample documents are incomplete. They are designed to give you a quick peek at the documents for each title. For the complete and full versions of all documents, you must be a participating Read to Them school. Contact bruce.coffey@readtothem.org for more information.

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