• 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

Suggested Activities

1. Motels – Most kids will have been on a road trip before. Ask them what they like to do in a motel. “What’s the funniest thing you ever did in a motel?” Or the weirdest? Ask children to tell, write, illustrate something about their experience. Build on their identification with Keith in the Mountain View Inn.

2. Pets – Ralph is, essentially, a pet – though an unexpected one. Most children have visions or dreams of things they could do with their own pets – some real and prosaic, others actual unlikely-to-be-realized dreams. Again – ask children to tell about them. Ask them to write or draw about such fantasies.


8. Read more – Encourage families – or even classrooms – or mere students – to read more Beverly Cleary. I’d suggest they start with the two Ralph sequels – and Runaway Ralph (1970) and Ralph S. Mouse (1983). But there are plenty of other Cleary titles – including the Ramona series – available. Remember to encourage and extend the ‘culture of reading’ – especially to those families least used to it. Perhaps even make some of these titles available and share them or recommend them to specific families that could use the tip.

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