- One School, One Book
- One District, One Book
- Our Books
- Auxiliary Books
- The Trumpet of the Swan
- Trouble According to Humphrey
- The Indian in the Cupboard
- Because of Winn-Dixie
- The BFG
- Love That Dog
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
- A Cricket in Times Square
- A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears
- Bud, Not Buddy
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
- Island of Blue Dolphins
- In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
- The World According to Humphrey
- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
- My Side of the Mountain
- The Lemonade War
- The Enormous Egg
- Hate That Cat
- A Long Way from Chicago
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins
- The Phantom Tollbooth
- Charlotte’s Web
- The Witches
- James and the Giant Peach
- Our Members
Nikiski North Star Elementary School (Nikiski, AK)
The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White – February, 2009
I just want to let you know that this past February, 2009 our school, Nikiski North Star Elementary School in Nikiski, Alaska, participated in the “One School, One Book” program. We read the book Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. I was the pre-kindergarten teacher and librarian at Nikiski North Star as well as being a parent of children in the school.
What a great program this is. My four year old pre-kindergarteners each got a copy and took it home to read with their family. I did have several children that did not have family read the book to them so I made a point of reading the chapter from the day before (not to spoil the next chapter for children having it read to them at home) aloud in class. This helped the little ones without a reader at home and it helped the other children firm up their knowledge of each chapter. Our school had a question every day and children could write in the answer with prizes for winning answers. All my students were able to participate and they truly looked forward to our read aloud time. Even with four year olds we had great discussions about animal abuse, learning how people can change, helping others, etc.
My own children at home loved the book and we had wonderful family discussions. The book was such a hit that my one daughter was earning money and she saved enough and, with my blessing, brought home a Beagle puppy!
Next my family wants to read Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White but I will put my foot down about bringing home a Trumpeter Swan. Instead I think we’ll just drive out to the lakes and watch them in the wild!
Thanks for developing such a great program to bring family/school/and books together. What a wonderful way to instill a love for reading. I’ve requested to be on the committee at Nikiski North Star to help select the next book we read for Love of Reading Month in February, 2010!
– Denise Cox, Librarian, Nikiski North Star E.S.
Apple Glen Elementary School (Bentonville, AR)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo – February, 2009
What a wonderful time we have had over the past month with our reading of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane! We hope you have enjoyed reading with your child and enjoyed our chosen story. The students have been so excited about the book, the trivia questions, the prizes, and the art in the halls. I would like to thank Kelly Beringer and the team she put together to help her with the scenery and the display case. The visuals she and her helpers have put up have really added to the student’s excitement about the book. We have had some very positive feedback regarding the One School, One Book program. We have included some of the comments from parents and students.
“We LOVE this book. As I read the book to her every night, she always has this intense look on her face. I can see all of the suspense and emotion cross her forehead as we read what happens next! She always asks questions if she doesn’t understand something. We predict what is going to happen next and laughed and laughed over Edward being dressed up like a girl in last night’s chapters. This is a great program!”
“We were very excited about this program. Edward’s story is very interesting and…involves parents and kids. We love to see this kind of project in the future too.”
“We like your concept of One School One Book. Kids are enjoying reading with their parents. Even parents are enjoying the story because the selection is…wonderful for all. Thanks for encouraging the kids to read for fun.”
“Each night we read a chapter or two from a book. Usually I hear a complaining voice asking, “How many more pages?” With Edward Tulane, I hear a pleading voice asking, “Just one more chapter…please it’s so good. I want to see what happens.” This has been a wonderful reading experience with my child. We’ve really enjoyed this program.”
“I think this is so cool. I like the story, it is awesome.” Ryan – Grade 4
“I turn the TV off when I am reading this book, it is that good.” Rosa – Grade 4
“It is a great experience. It has taught me if you don’t love anyone you aren’t going to get the respect you deserve. My dad likes it too. My mom and dad were excited when I brought it home.” John Robert – Grade 2
Thank you all for helping to make this a successful program and one that students have truly enjoyed. We look forward to continuing the tradition next school year.
– Lisa St. John, Principal, Apple Glen E.S
Northumberland Elementary School (Northumberland, VA)
I am a jogger and most of the year I jog alone on the back roads of the county. But, once a year I join 2000 other joggers and run a half marathon race in Williamsburg. That’s what One school, One Book is like. After the run everyone has run the same course and you talk about it for the whole year when you see one of the runners.
It’s a great way to get support for the school system as the Board of Supervisors, School Board members and community all join in.
– Clint Staples, Superintendant of Schools, Northumberland, VA
Auburn Elementary School (Auburn, VA)
We had great success with our first One Book, One School venture. We read The Trumpet of the Swan. During the month before the actual reading of the book, we held a family literacy night and modeled for parents ways to read aloud to their children. We talked about the advantages and the skills that children acquire by listening to stories read aloud. We launched our reading month with a school assembly. For the assemble we made a power point of beautiful trumpeter swans downloaded from the internet. This was shown on a large screen as a trumpet player from our high school played Taps, Reveille and Mess Call. We also downloaded the call of the trumpeter swan and played it after the trumpet played finished. Children and parents alike were excited about reading together. Parents were surprised that they were to keep the books. The halls were filled with “swan talk” and teachers were amazed at the number of children th! at knew the answer to the daily trivia question. During the month we read the book, parents made swan magets, which 5th grade students sold and money was sent to the Trumpeter Swan Society. As a culminating activity, we had a Swan Celebration. All families were invited to the school to make origami swans, play swan board games, view swan web sites on the internet, and decorate swan cookies. Parents and children were asking when the next One Book, One School book reading would take place. The positive feedback we received made this activity one of the highlights of our school year.
Thank you for your help in launching our first All School Read To Them event. We are already planning next year’s event.
– Jane Farmer, Auburn Elementary School, Riner, VA
Double Eagle Elementary School (Albuquerque, N.M.)
The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo – Spring, 2008
We LOVED doing this activity. This was our first attempt in doing something like this and can see right away that we will continue with it throughout years to come. The children really enjoyed having the opportunity to answer the questions that were asked over the intercom in the mornings and enjoyed the classroom assignments that went along with the book. We had a school wide Despereaux day in which we had a parade and parties in our classroom. Our cafeteria even changed their menu to serve food that went along with the story on this day. It was great! The parents enjoyed the reminder of how important it is to read aloud to their children. We have a few stories that worth passing onto you. We had a father that had to stay late at work on night and was going to miss the reading with the family so he called and had the family put him on speaker phone so he would not miss the reading for the night. We had families that went out of town during the reading of the month and would e-mail their answers to the trivia questions back to their teachers so they could still be part of the book. I had a lot of parents thank us for the memories that was created by this project and how it was a great family activity. Some will continue reading aloud throughout the summer as they have already purchased other books as a family
– Troy Hughes, Principal. Double Eagle ES
William F. Fox Elementary School (Richmond, VA)
“I absolutely LOVE the program both from an educators point of view and as a PARENT. In today’s school world there are so many wonderful things that make us all individuals and different–which is a good thing, but One School, One Book brings us together with one common experience that we ALL can share. The experience of sharing the book opens up so many levels of conversation between students, teachers and staff, that it really brings us together as one. I love walking through the halls/cafeteria during the month because all of the students want to talk with me about the book, the trivia questions, about what I think, what they thought etc. It truly brings literature and unity to life!”
“As a parent, One School, One Book forces our busy family to sit down and enjoy some good literature. The conversations, family jokes, and time for inferential thinking and discussion brings our family together. My boys look forwards to our nightly reading–but more so when it is a One Book title. They love the idea that 450 students and families are reading the same thing they are and they look forward to knowing the trivia questions.
– Daniella Jacobs, William F. Fox Elementary School, Richmond, VA
Wakonda Elementary School
“I loved the culmination in the library where first the students discussed the book and answered questions about it. But when Mrs. Johnson read the last two chapters out loud you could have heard a pin drop. It was so quiet. I love reading moments like that. It is my delight to read to children just like Donna was doing but when you have full control of the room like she did when finishing that book. It is magic!”
– Kay Lueth, Wakonda Elementary School, Wakonda, S.D.
Bryan Elementary School
The World According to Humphrey, by Betty G. Birney – Fall, 2007
Addy, by Connie Rose Porter – Spring, 2008
I really enjoyed preparing for the two books that our school has read this year. The students liked being involved in the skits and receiving their books. When we did Meet Addy, every student received a cowrie shell necklace. I still see students wearing it and it has been months since we read this book. The trivia questions kept students interested and motivated to read each night. If students did not have parents that read to them, they sure found a way to have the book read to them or they read it themselves. I have had parents, teachers and students ask me when and what our new book will be. I have a dry erase board outside my office for teachers to write messages to me, but I got messages from students on how they liked the books and when are we going to do another one! Over all, Bryan Reads Together, has been a very motivating experience that makes me want to do MORE. If I were to give any suggestions to someone just starting this for the first time, it would be to “advertise, advertise, advertise”. We sent out notices of our kickoff, had a dinner, skit, and parent workshops for our first book. We had lots of parents show up. I look forward to continuing this next year. I am in the process of choosing a book and hopefully getting a grant to pay for the books. Thanks, Read To Them, for advertising your wonderful program.
–Stacy Walker, Bryan Elementary School, Hampton, VA
The Bryan Reads Together initiative has enhanced our students’ excitement for reading! This school-wide reading experience offered students additional opportunities to read and discuss a focus book with adults, parents and other students. It also provided students with real life literature experiences as they applied the literacy skills they are learning. Some of these literacy skills include speaking, listening, writing, vocabulary and grammar skills. Bryan Reads Together promoted an enjoyment for reading! Bryan Patriots continue to Soar to New Heights by Reading!
–Dr. Vatara Slade, Principal
The All School Read program strengthened the relationships among Bryan’s staff, students, and parents giving them something to talk about while having a positive impact on our students reading skills.
–Mr. Mike Stutt, Assistant Principle
It was a touching experience to see the students faces light up when they received their new books.
–Mrs. S. Walker, Reading Coach
Everybody got a chance to read. Some people don’t have Moms and Dads to read to them or they don’t know how to read. This gave them a chance to have a book.
–3rd Grade Student
My mom, dad, older sister (16), and cousin read together at home. That was fun!
–1st Grade Student
The whole school got real (new) words in their brain. Hard words we learned from the story. That made me happy.
–2nd Grade Student
The whole school became connected to the book’s character when we wore our cowrie shell necklaces. We all had something in common with Addy. It was as if we stepped into the Meet Addy book for a moment.
–Mrs. Jackson, Reading Specialist
I liked when I got my very own book and my family read together. I liked the Humphrey book because my family laughed together when we read.
–5th Grade Student
I loved how the books got the students excited about reading at home! They all were anxious to see if they knew the answer to the trivia question each morning and seemed genuinely happy to have “reading homework” each night – it gave them a chance to read together with their families! I thought Bryan Reads Together was a great program!
–Miss. Kelly, 5th Grade Teacher
The Bryan Reads Together program was a tangible way for parents to make an impact on
their child’s reading ability. It allowed our school another opportunity to become a learning community. THANKS for staying abreast of current research. Reading the article in the “Reading Today IRA Magazine allowed our school to become engrossed on a wonderful reading adventure.
–Mrs. Jackson, HEA
My grandmother read to me. It is nice knowing that my grandmother cares about me that much to read to me. We laughed and talked about the book together.
–4th Grade Student
Enjoyed reading because it taught me things about the past. I learned lots of new words in our first book.
–4th Grade Student