• 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

Read Aloud to a Child Week


Our 2013 Theme:

Environmental Awareness!

The Commonwealth of Virginia is filled with magnificent natural beauty. From the Mountains of the Appalachians to the scenic beauty of Virginia Beach, we are surrounded with a glorious landscape of natural wonder. Many varieties of animals share our home including the state bird, the cardinal. We encourage you to use this week to think about our environment and to learn more about how we can work together to protect the natural beauty of Virginia.


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The Read Aloud Challenge

Dear Parents and Teachers:

Thank you for joining us in celebrating Virginia’s “Read Aloud to a Child Week.” This annual event was established by the Virginia State Legislature as a way to emphasize the importance of reading aloud to children and to give families an opportunity to participate. There is a large body of research that documents and explains the benefits of reading aloud to children. It may in fact be the most important activity that parents can share with children to help them become strong readers. Reading aloud builds a strong parent-child bond that can last a lifetime!

In order to join in, simply choose a book that your child will enjoy and commit to reading together for twenty minutes each night for the week of October 20st -26th. For this year’s event we have suggested that parents consider using “Environmental Awareness” as a theme. Please visit our Theme Page. Our staff have compiled a List of Suggested Titles that you may find useful. Of course the key is to participate in reading aloud and it is perfectly acceptable to use whatever books you have available. Parents can refer to the Instruction Sheet. If nightly twenty minute reading schedules aren’t possible, twenty minute sessions spread over the weekend will work fine. Parents should complete the Pledge Sheet as a way to demonstrate a commitment to participating. Other alternative methods of participating include choosing to listen and discuss a book-on-tape, CD or Kindle together. When the week is finished please use our Reading Certificate to reward your child. However you decide to get involved I’m sure you and your child will LOVE reading together!

The Challenge Page provides this description of Read Aloud to a Child Week. Feel free to access the other family literacy materials on our website including personal testimonials and see how reading aloud is benefiting so many families. We would love to hear from you! Please share your experiences and participation from the week with us by e-mailing john.dwyer@readtothem.org. Thank you for joining us in celebrating READING ALOUD!

Yours truly,

John M. Dwyer
Executive Director
Read To Them, Inc.


Recommended Books, Authors, Series for Environmental Awareness

The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle

Snowflake Bentley, by J.B. Martin

The Magic School Bus Series, by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan

There’s a Hair in My Dirt!, by Gary Larson

Hoot, by Carl Hiassen

Flush, by Carl Hiassen

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien

Never Cry Wolf, by Farley Mowatt

The Sea Around Us, by Rachel Carson

The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Young Reader’s Edition), by Michael Pollan

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