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!

A Look Back at Virginia Reads One Book 2018!

The first annual Virginia Reads One Book kicked off in February this year with students, families, and staff reading The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies! Almost 40,000 students in 41 districts were involved all across the state from Arlington to Blue Ridge to Portsmouth!

Books are delivered by bike to students at Newsome Park Elementary School in Newport News.

Jesse and Evan’s story connected classmates, teachers, bus drivers, custodians, siblings, and families at 92 schools!

Students perform a lemonade stand skit at the Economic Fair in Newport News.

Students put on skits, made music videos, created artwork, hosted family nights, made t-shirts, and of course drank lemonade! You can watch the slideshow of Virginia Reads One Book on our Family Financial Literacy page.

Students read together in Prince William county.

We can’t wait for Virginia Reads One Book 2019.  Please visit our website page if you are interested!

Incredibly detailed lemonade stands made by students and their families at Lancaster Primary School.

If you haven’t been to our Facebook page yet, check it out! Newport News School District posted some wonderful pictures of their Economic Fair, you can find them here.

A prize winner at the Economic Fair in Newport News.

More lemonade stands from Lancaster Primary School. 

Students and their families enjoy the Economic Fair in Newport News. 


One School, One Book at Oak Grove-Bellemeade!

Read to Them celebrates four years of One School, One Book at Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School!

In 2014, reading teacher Jessica Carpenter first brought One School, One Book to Oak Grove-Bellemeade in Richmond, Virginia. Since their first year, students, teachers, staff, and families have read 11 books together! This is no small achievement, Read to Them salutes Mrs. Carpenter’s dedication and commitment to the program in her community.

In the videos below, students explain why they enjoyed reading the Humphrey books, their words exemplify all that One School, One Book can be. The videos showcase the wonderful impact that reading as a community offers – and are well worth the watch!

The students at Oak Grove-Bellemeade reinforce the importance of reading together through their individual love for Humphrey!

“Humphrey is a hamster that likes to explore!”

“It was fun to read as a school because it was cool to see who remembered what from the book.”

This year, Oak Grove-Bellemeade will continue their tradition of reading together with Ellray Jakes is a Rock Star!; Summer According to Humphrey; and No Talking.

The school’s kickoff event for The Lemonade War was featured in Richmond Family Magazine, you can read all about it here!

Whittmore-Prescott Kicks Off Stuart Little

Whittmore-Prescott Elementary School in Whittemore, Michigan, kicked off their One School, One Book program with a bang!

Whittmore-Prescott will read Stuart Little by E.B. White over the next few weeks.

Stuart Little is the story of a mouse who lives with his adoptive human family in New York City. You can read all about it here!

It is great to see students, staff, and teachers get so excited about reading. The Principal, Lori Ruthruff, even rode around the gym as Stuart Little!

Check it all out below.


Winter 2018 Newsletter

Check out these highlights from our new Winter Newsletter.  Checking in at 8 pages it’s our biggest and best yet!


Newport School District in Newport, Pennsylvania hung a banner across Main Street.  They really got the whole community involved!


To make school more exciting after winter break, Murwood Elementary School in Walnut Creek, California carefully scheduled their OSOB program to get students pumped to read together again!


Betty Birney, author of The World According to Humphrey series, talks to us about her life, her work, and her passion for family literacy.


Learn more about the Richmond Family Literacy Initiative, a program founded by Read to Them to support literacy in Richmond’s underserved elementary schools.


Check out what’s new on our twitter page! Make sure to follow us, @1school1book!


Check Out All of Our Newest Titles!


You can download and read the entire Winter Newsletter – and check out any older editions – on our Newsletter page.

Just one of the many Resources available on the website.