• 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

The BFG

by Roald Dahl (1982)

The BFG is one of eight novels written for children by Roald Dahl. Some children have read them all. But most have only read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and/or James and the Giant Peach. And that makes The BFG a perfect choice for One School, One Book. A beloved author with accessible, reader-friendly prose, but a story mostly unknown to parents.

And what a playful and entertaining story it is. Sophie, an orphan (like most Dahl protagonists), is kidnapped by a huge giant, who turns out to be an eccentric and charming fellow, the BFG — the Big Friendly Giant. There is a plot and an adventure — centering on an effort to protect other children from other dangerous giants — but the heart of The BFG is the giant’s speech, his inventive, mixed-up, funny, yet charming lingo. Dahl invents a host of neologisms — adjectives, nouns, verbs — that come off even funnier when read aloud. This makes The BFG a perfect book for families to discover and enjoy together, as Dahl and the BFG charm and enthrall children of all ages.



There are eight supplementary resources for Roald Dahl’s The BFG. As a participating member of One School, One Book you may have access to all of these documents:

  • a sample letter home to parents
  • a sample reading schedule
  • a trivia bank (w/ answer key)
  • Daily Trivia Questions (w/ answer key)
  • an Easy Trivia Contest (w/ Answer key)
  • a Harder Trivia Contest (w/ Answer key)
  • a list of suggested activities
  • suggested assmbly ideas

Here are some samples:

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