• 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. motorcycles – Bring one on stage. Have someone explain it. Start it up. Maybe even explain some things about motorcycle safety or maintenance. That’s all. The spectacle and sound will be thrilling. And more than enough to get students to want to dive into the book – with their families.

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4. Beverly Cleary – Collect all the Beverly Cleary books that your school library possesses. If you have any kind of relationship with a local children’s bookstore (if your town still has one) see if you can borrow any of their’s too. For the assembly, have the school librarian show off the Beverly Cleary collection. She can even talk about some of the books and characters – Ramona and Henry Huggins and so forth. (Very likely this will get some in the audience talking, “I’ve read that book….” That is a good thing – even if you have to quiet them down before proceeding.) Then pull out the three Mouse and the Motorcycle books. Explain about how exciting it is to find a book you like – and know that there are other titles to be explore and enjoyed and gobbled up waiting afterwards. (Plenty of students will already know this. But many – and their families – could use the reminder/encouragement. This assembly is for them.) Then have the Librarian (or a chosen rep) open up The Mouse and the Motorcycle – and dive in and read the first chapter. Or two. When she’s finished – send the book home w/ your students; explain about One School, One Book. But before you’re done – remind them about the other Beverly Cleary books awaiting them when you’re all done reaidng together. Wave those two Mouse follow-ups at them one more time before they leave…

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