Literature vs. Racism

Five teenagers defaced a historic black schoolhouse in Ashburn, Virginia. Sad? Yes. Jailtime? No. The judge and prosecutor sentenced them to twelve months of book reports instead of jailtime! And what a reading list they created! Can literature help open the eyes and change the minds of these five miscreants? Read all about it in the New York Times story here.


Read to Them‘s One District, One Book program is featured in the new February issue of AASA’s School Administrator.

“You’re the man with the books!”  That’s what kids in Irving, TX say when they see dynamic Irving ISD Superintendent José Parra.


The article highlights the work of…

Lake Hamilton ISD Superintendent Steve Anderson in Pearcy, Arkansas.

Irving ISD Superintendent José Parra in Irving, TX.

Ponca City Public Schools Superintendent Dave Pennington in Ponca City, Oklahoma.



“We started getting pictures sent in by parents on Facebook, at home with their children reading about Humphrey…We had not only mom and dad reading, we had aunts, uncles and grandparents.” – Steve Anderson

“If I can connect them to an experience they can take with them for the rest of their lives and enjoy, then mission accomplished.” – José Parra

“Any time you can sit down with the family and turn the TV off for a few minutes and gather your kids up and read to them or have them read to you, that’s a positive.”  – Dave Pennington


You can read – and pass on! – the full article here