• 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 Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

by C.S Lewis (1950)

Also Available in Spanish

Before they read Harry Potter, before they read The Indian in the Cupboard, they used to read The Chronicles of Narnia. They still do. With a book this timeless, why not consider sharing it and experiencing it with your whole school?

If you do, of course you need to start with the book that started it all, the first book in the series, the book that takes new readers on that first trip thru the mysterious, magical wardrobe and into the alternate world of Narnia – filled with fauns and the evil White Witch and the grand, mysterious lion, Aslan. That book is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (first published in 1950).

There’s a reason why a series like this is still in print, still inspiring a film series, still charming new generations of readers. Start with C.S. Lewis’s matchless prose – clear and simple, approachable but not demeaning. But don’t stop there. It’s possible that children may someday tire of that magical moment when – as readers – their understanding of the world changes and they enter a new realm, filled with every possibility of the imagination. But I don’t think that our children are so jaded or experienced that that day is here. (In fact, I think that day will never come.) The truth is, One School, One Book is a testament to the recurring charms and still present joys hat reside in the books we have always loved – whether we encountered them as children ourselves, or as adults (as parents or teachers) in the more recent past.

That is what C.S. Lewis and his Chronicles of Narnia provide. A classic set of tales, still new to each generation of readers. Invite your school to join the Pevensie children as they leave London for the countryside, only to find that there is an ever stranger world – full of possibility – awaiting them. Invite your students to struggle with Edmund and Lucy as they decide what to believe, and who is trustworthy, and what to do with the risks posed by the White Witch. Invite them to ponder the ineffable mystery of Aslan who is loyal and trustworthy and yet instills fear and awe all at the same time. Invite your students to consider why this is a series that will still be in print when they are parents, and that they will likely someday read to their own children.

The following program elements are available for C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:

  • a sample letter home to parents
  • a sample reading schedule
  • a Trivia Bank
  • a list of suggested activities
  • suggested assembly ideas

As a participating member of One School, One Book you may have access to all of these documents. 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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