Our Fall 2018 Newsletter Is Here!

Our newest newsletter is officially here! Click here to download it. Check out some of the highlights below.

Students, families, and staff at Janet Kahn School of Integrated Arts (JKSIA) have read 12 books together over seven years of One School, One Book. Quite an accomplishment!

JKSIA staff Lisa Miller, Sierra Ryan, and Michelle Desiree Lobato

Clues, hints, and posters appear around the school leading up to OSOB. The school has announced the title in a variety of ways, including through school assemblies, guest performances, and even movie trailers.

Clues, a Kenny and the Dragon trivia box, and JKSIA staff: Terri Gaussoin and Christy Sigmon

“Our youngest kindergarteners who once had the story read to them are now the proud big brother or sister who is reading aloud to their younger siblings”, explains Terri Gaussoin, teacher librarian. Read more about the school’s creative approaches and student feedback in the newsletter!

Artist Zach Davis with his mural

A former student at Berlin Intermediate School in Maryland painted a beautiful mural based off two One School, One Book titles. Students at Berlin Intermediate read Wonder last year and Fish in a Tree this fall.

The beautiful mural even got author Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s attention. She tweeted praise for students who read her book, Fish in a Tree, in both English and Spanish.

Author Asia Citro and her book Zoey and Sassafras

Have you heard of our new title Zoey and Sassafras, Dragons and Marshmallows? Read our interview with the author, Asia Citro. Zoey and Sassafras weaves together science and imagination in a creative story.

Student actors kick of The Lemonade War

Beaverdam Elementary School involved student actors in their kickoff assembly. The actors swore not to reveal the chosen book title to their classmates until the assembly. Beaverdam kicked off The Lemonade War by expanding on Read to Them‘s assembly ideas. 

Check out our full newsletter here for more about these stories, tips from the field, and the full Asia Citro interview.

Kathryn Starke’s Tips for Creating Lifelong Readers

“You cannot do anything without reading”, says Kathryn Starke, one of our fabulous literacy partners. We couldn’t agree more.

Kathryn Starke is a literacy advocate, author of the book Tackle Reading, and founder of Creative Minds Publications. She works tirelessly to advocate for reading, “we want all children to be able to feel successful as early as kindergarten and not already feel behind”.

She was recently interviewed on Laura Steward’s podcast It’s All About the Questions. Listen to the full segment here.

Kathryn educates adults on how to introduce reading to children. She and Laura discuss the best ways to engage children, “the more you talk with a child…you are increasing vocabulary, you are increasing language awareness, and all of these components are necessary for our little ones to become successful readers once they come to school”.

Any and all reading is great. Kathryn discusses the myth that students always need to be reading new and challenging books. She explains that reading anything, even billboards, is valuable practice. Reading is all around us!

Kathryn also introduces One School, One Book to Laura and talks about our growing statewide reading programs. She explains, “the whole goal is to create these communities that are reading together”. By reading together as a community we can create a culture of literacy. 

Find out how to “Tackle Reading” on Kathryn’s blog or follow her on Twitter.

Kathryn finishes the segment with this sentiment, “we have to be a lifelong reader and learner”. Great advice for all of us! Listen to the full clip here.


Two Books – One Exciting Video

Alice Smith Elementary School in Hopkins, Minnesota has taken One School, One Book to the next level. The school created a video that expertly shows the transformation that is possible during a school-wide reading event.

Alice Smith All-School Read from Hopkins Public Schools on Vimeo.

Alice Smith ES chose to offer two books to students depending on grade level. Older students are reading I am Malala Younger readers received a copy of a picture book also written by Malala Yousafzai.

When schools tailor our program to their community the results are incredible. From making the right book choice to including everyone in creative ways – Alice Smith Elementary School is off to an awesome start.

Did you know we also offer supplementary picture books for The One and Only Ivan, Wonder, and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind? These beautifully illustrated books excite and involve even the youngest of readers! Send us a query or give us a call at 804.367.3195 for more information.

Happy reading Alice Smith ES!

Week 1 of One Richmond, One Book

Our city-wide reading event is in full swing thanks to the hard work of teachers, school staff, Read to Them staff, and volunteers. Students at 26 elementary schools across Richmond started reading Friendship According to Humphrey on Monday. Listen to our Executive Director, John Dwyer, talk all about the program on NPR here!

Below are the highlights from our first week of One Richmond, One Book.

Both the Mayor, Levar Stoney, and Superintendent, Jason Kamras, got involved with the program. The Mayor even issued a Proclamation that October 22, 2018 be recognized as One Richmond, One Book day!

One Richmond, One Book has been a wonderful opportunity for Read to Them to expand our impact in Richmond.

Exciting kickoff assemblies happened across the city on Monday where students were given their books to keep. The Mayor also visited J. B. Fisher to read to students.

The Principal and Chief of Police get ready to pass out books at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School.

Students at Woodville Elementary School got excited to read!

Have pictures? Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using our hashtag #OROB2018.

“We’ll invite the entire city to read together with us – a chapter a night, every night for about three weeks until the book is finished. We’ll do it together.” says John Dwyer, Executive Director on NPR. Find the clip here.

We can’t wait to see the progress students, families, and schools make next week. Thanks to everyone for your hard work!

Want to learn more about One Richmond, One Book? Click here!


One Richmond, One Book on the radio!

Read to Them is busy getting the word out about our city-wide reading event One Richmond, One Book. Executive Director, John Dwyer went on the air this week with Kat Simons of Mix 98.1.

John reveals the One Richmond, One Book title as Friendship According to Humphrey. He explains, “[Humphrey] has a lot of fun adventures in the book – engages with the students and has a lot of lessons for us about friendship”.



Kat and John discuss the positive impact that One Richmond, One Book has the potential to make. John says , “All of the approximately 13,000 children in Richmond public elementary schools will be receiving a copy of Friendship According to Humphrey and then we’ll ask everyone to read with us. We’ll do this as an entire city and we’ll kick this off October 22nd. ”



John knows that this program will not only help to form a bridge between the home and the school, but knows that students will learn a lot from Friendship According to Humphrey.



You can find out more about Friendship According to Humphrey here.

Want to learn more about One Richmond, One Book? Click here!

Interested in bringing a similar program to your community? Find lots of information here.

Listen to the entire segment below!


Read Aloud to a Child Week 2018

Each year towards the end of October Read to Them celebrates Read Aloud to a Child Week. This weeklong event recognizes the incredible benefit that comes from reading aloud.

This year the theme is beyond our borders. We have curated a list of picture and chapter books that are set in countries other than our own. These titles are just suggestions to get you started, all you have to do to participate is read aloud. Any book will do!

You can get involved as an individual, family, community, classroom, school, or district. If you are an educator or would like to share this event with an educator, we have materials available on our website.

The above Beyond our Borders titles are just a few on our list, you can access a list of many, many more here. Please consider sharing your photos with us, you can find us on Twitter and Instagram @readtothem or on Facebook. You can use the hashtags #RAW2018 and #BeyondourBorders to connect!

Some of our current RTT books fit the theme of beyond our borders, including I am Malala, Elephant Run, and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Click on each to learn more.

Can you think of any other titles that take place beyond our borders? Let us know on our social media sites!

Summer 2018 Newsletter

Have you come across our 2018 Summer Newsletter yet? This edition focuses on a new program in Virginia, educator advice, and an interview with one of our beloved authors. Below are a few highlights!

You can read the complete newsletter here.

The first annual Virginia Reads One Book began in February with almost 40,000 students across 92 schools. Students, staff, families, and educators read The Lemonade War by Jaqueline Davies.

This title is among our newest category of books – our Family Financial Literacy titles. They offer a focus on personal finance, money, and basic economic concepts.

Staff and teachers at Walnut Ridge Elementary School in Arkansas put forth incredible effort each year for One School, One Book.

Read about the creative ways they make OSOB fun and exciting – and check out their wonderful costumes and decorations!

Don’t miss our Author Spotlight with Holly Goldberg Sloan! We have recently added her second most recent book, Counting by 7s, to our list.

Sloan has also written Appleblossom the Possum, another one of our popular titles.

Read all about what’s been happening in our office – from SWAG packing parties to exciting new programs coming this fall.

Mike from UPS stacks up SWAG packages for schools.

Read more or download the newsletter by clicking here! Past newsletter can be found by following this link.

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Our Spring 2018 newsletter has arrived! Below are some highlights of the wonderful ways that schools got involved with our programs.

You can read the full text here.

Gerald B. Probe School in Lethbridge, Alberta celebrated their 11th year of One School, One Book with The Wild Robot Escapes.

The whole community got involved in Chittenango, New York for One School, One Book. Darlene’s Diner, among other local businesses got involved by proving specials related to The Chocolate Touch.

They also featured different guest readers each week; the mayor, a police officer, a fire fighter, and high school football players.

Students at Bells Elementary School in Texas had a canned food drive competition among the grades.

The school collected over 3,500 items for their community, the winning grade got to paint the principal yellow, in honor of The Lemonade War!

Kimberly Pinto, the Library Media Specialist at John J. Daly Elementary School shares how her school got creative with One School, One Book.

You can read or download the whole newsletter here! Past newsletters can also be found by following this link.

Virginia Reads One Book Prize Winners!

The first annual Virginia Reads One Book program kicked off in February of this year. A total of 92 schools joined together to read The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies.

Getting ready to read at Crestwood Elementary School in Fairfax County.

Plans are already in motion for a bigger and more exciting Virginia Reads One Book  event in 2019. Family and educator surveys were sent out to schools who participated this year, and schools with the highest response rates won prizes.

The Superintendent of Botetourt County Public Schools, Mr. John Busher, catches up on a chapter.

Grand Prize Winner: Drew Model Elementary School in Arlington won an in-person visit from Jacqueline Davies!

Second Prize Winner: Colonial Elementary School in Botetourt County won a Skype visit with Jacqueline Davies!

A student at the Economic Fair in Newport News.

Honorable Mention: three schools won autographed sets of the The Lemonade War Series!
– Beaverdam Elementary School in Hanover Co.
– Elizabeth Redd Elementary School in Richmond
– Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School in Warren Co.

Students are Drew Model Elementary School read together

Congratulations to all of our prize winners. Thank you for your valuable feedback about Virginia Reads One Book. We can’t wait for next year!

11 Years of One School, One Book!

Dr. Gerald B. Probe Elementary School in Alberta, Canada celebrated their 11th year of One School, One Book in 2018!  Learning Support Teacher, Michelle Dimnik has worked incredibly hard to bring and build and expand the program to her school each year.

Check out more great stuff happening on twitter here.

Every day leading up to their book title reveal, Dr. Gerald B. Probe School tweeted each of their previous One School, One Book picks. As you can see, they have read some awesome books together over the years! The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown was chosen for their 11th year of reading together.

Michelle Dimnik hands out books to eager students.

The exciting kickoff event was covered by the local newspaper, you can read all about it here!

Wonderful robot artwork by students!

Since their book reveal, Dr. Gerald B. Probe students have created wonderful artwork and were even visited by a real robot!

Students dance with “pepper” the robot!

Dimnik is already planning next year’s read, and this time the entire Lethbridge School District of 14 schools will join together! In past years Dr. Gerald B. Probe has partnered with two other schools to read together, but this will be their first district-wide read. Dimnik says, “If it can happen like that on the Westside with three schools, can you just imagine what can happen with our whole district doing one book together?”

Check it out in the video below!

We have loved watching the program grow in Lethbridge and can’t wait to see what book they choose for the District next year!