• 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

Assembly Ideas

1. a reading sampleIsland of the Blue Dolphins lends itself very well to being read aloud on stage.  It’s prose – in fact the very tone of the book – is quite different from most children’s books.  Read properly – and I recommend a stately, dead-pan, ‘let the prose do the work’ delivery – it should be quite arresting and intriguing to students.  And probably not what they’re normally expecting. * 4. a didactic intro – Assemblies that draw students into the unknown world of the book are usually the best.  But sometimes learning more about the world of the book can enrich students appreciation of the book as they are reading it with their families.  Occasionally having an expert come in to talk about some specific or factual or scientific aspect of the world of the book can be instructive.  Some schools have brought in representatives from animal shelters for books about dogs.  And a visit from a park ranger, talking about how to survive in the wild, has been effective for My Side of the Mountain.  Something similar might be useful w/ Island of the Blue Dolphins.  An expert – if you can find one – could talk about Indian culture in the Channel Islands in California – or just about Native American culture involving anything from fishing to ancestor worship.  An expert (and it could be a parent expert…) could also talk about surviving in the wild – how to forage for and recognize roots and berries; how to fashion shelter; how to make implements to catch of hunt food.  An expert might also talk about the wildlife of Karana’s island (e.g. sea elephants!).  And, perhaps best of all, a local meteorologist might be able to explain about the relationship between earthquakes and tidal waves, the better to understand and explain the mysterious and threatening events in Chapter 27.

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