A Letter From Elise Broach
I just wanted to thank you all for including my book, Masterpiece, in your list of recommendations for school-wide reads. I’ve had the chance to visit so many terrific schools as a result, and I am constantly amazed at the creative ways teachers use the book in classrooms (and art rooms!). ...
Paul Marinko, Principal at St. Paul's Lutheran School
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.
Laurie LaRue, First Grade Teacher at Edgewood School
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.
Glenn Krzeminski, Parent of student at Orleans Elementary
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.
Kenny Moles of West Virginia
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.
Katie Poe, Principal, Timmons Elementary School
With 25 years in the teaching arena, I’ve never come across an all encompassing program that was easy to plan, provide directives for, and implement – while simultaneously delivering great value. This was an effective school-wide book club, utilizing a simple concept that demonstrated amazing results!
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.
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
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
Apple Glen Elementary School (Bentonville, AR)
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 t ...
Double Eagle Elementary School (Albuquerque, N.M.)
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 ...
Nikiski North Star Elementary School (Nikiski, AK)
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 ...
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 s ...
Bryan Elementary School
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 hopef ...