El Dorado Lemonade War Videos

Last March, every elementary school in El Dorado, Arkansas read The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies for their One District, One Book event.

Inspired by the story of Jesse and Evan Treski – and their duelling lemonade stands – El Dorado students created their own videos to showcase what they learned from the book. The videos feature original songs, dancing, news stories, and even a Lemonade vs. Limeade war!

Check out some of our favorites below…

(And consider inviting your students to make their own videos when your school does One School, One Book. Don’t forget to share them with us at Read to Them!)


An exciting and informative news story from Hugh Goodwin Elementary School!


Northwest Elementary School with a fabulous lemonade stand!


Students from Retta Brown Elementary School sing and dance The Lemonade War.

These students went above and beyond.  Way to go El Dorado School District!

You can watch the rest of the videos here.

Willy Wonka Comes to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

Watch out for Willy Wonka! Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Lakeland School District kicked off their One School, One Book program with an exciting new video!

The school will read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for their latest One School, One Book program.

The video showcases the students of Thomas Jefferson preforming The Candy Man, which appears in the original film adaptation of the book, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. 

One student even dressed up as Willy Wonka to lead the pack of his peers!

Good luck with your reading, Thomas Jefferson Elementary! We look forward to hearing more from you about One School, One Book.

Check out the fun video below by clicking on the photo!

Students gather around Willy Wonka at the end of their promotional video for OSOB. 


Students begin the video by preforming in a hallway of the school.


Four girls preform part of the song together.


5 Preview Videos at Lewiston-Porter

Lewiston-Porter school district in Youngstown, New York is so excited for One District, One Book  they released five – count ’em, five! – preview videos!

Lewiston-Porter decided to choose between Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White and The Mouse and The Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary.

The school cast two dogs to play Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web, and Ralph from The Mouse and The Motorcycle. 

These dogs are reoccurring characters throughout the video, and star in the final, energetic, reveal video, where you finally learn their new One District, One Book title will be…The Mouse and The Motorcycle!

You can watch each of the five of the videos below!

We love the idea of creating multiple videos to increase engagement and excitement throughout the participating schools and the communities that surrounds them.Anyone can surely see how exciting the One District, One Book programs are!

Mr. Casseri kicks off the video series with his canine friends!


Students participate in a preview video for Charlotte’s Web. 


Mrs. Rodriguez and Ralph create excitement for The Mouse and The Motorcycle! 


Miss. Metz and Mrs. Zielinski encourage students to vote for their choice of book!


The big reveal! Starring Wilbur and Ralph themselves!


You Want the King Midas Special

In the spirit of the New Year, let’s reflect on the great work done by Bolivar Elementary School during their first One School, One Book  initiative, launched back in October 2017.

The school, located in Chittenango, New York, read The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling.

Mr. Martin reading ‘The Chocolate Touch’ at Darlene’s Kitchen.

A play on the classic tale of King Midas, who’s cursed touch turned everything to gold, The Chocolate Touch is about John Midas who falls under the same afflictions, but with chocolate. This quickly becomes anything but sweet for John, as his new found power begins to negatively affect his life, and health.

Bolivar Elementary set up a website to accompany their OSOB initiative (click here). The website contains a blog with reading comprehension questions, read along videos with members of the community, including many teachers, police officers, and the Mayor of Chittenango. The website also boasts a page with resources for healthy life choices, going right along with the negative health impacts John experiences in the book. Also available on the site were games for the students to play, as well as a photo gallery highlighting the event at the school.

 The principle, Ms. Burgess, Sam H.; a football player, and Officer Nourse read aloud from the book.

Even Mayor Keville reads along in a video! 

Bolivar Elementary’s website is a shining example of the school- and community-wide effects that come with Read to Them’s One School, One Book initiatives. The community even celebrated the event at a local restaurant, Darlene’s Kitchen, that featured a “John Midas Special” in honor of the book!


      Members of the community eating at Darlene’s Kitchen.


Students try to guess the book they will be reading during the festivities leading up to the big book reveal!

A local grocery store with a The Chocolate Touch themed display.

Congratulations to Bolivar Elementary on their first incredibly successful One School, One Book initiative – a shining example to us all!


One School, One Book at Grass Lakes Middle School

Today, we bring you the great work going on at Grass Lakes Middle School in Michigan. Grass Lakes Middle read Because of Mr. Terupt from August to October and shared with us the activities used to promote interaction with the book.

We love seeing and sharing the positive outcomes of our One School, One Book programs!












In these photos, you can see just two of the classroom doors that were decorated by the students at Grass Lakes. The doors were voted on by the school employees, and the winning class received a popsicle party- what a great way to encourage your students to engage with a book!

The students also were able to participate in a Q & A with the author, Rob Buyea, via Skype. This allowed the students to communicate with the author they’ve been reading, and to ask questions and participate directly in a conversation about Because of Mr. Terupt. 

The students also participated in weekly trivia questions, were encouraged to interact with posters hung around the school, and participated in a final assembly, where they played games that related to the text.

Thank you for sharing your success with One School, One Book Grass Lakes Middle! We love hearing about experiences with our reading programs, please feel free to share them with us.

Fall 2017 Newsletter

The Fall 2017 One School, One Book newsletter is here!

Learn from educators who share their experiences with OSOB in Tips from the Field. Find out recommended best practices for reading aloud, how to build parent enthusiasm, and ways classrooms can work together to bolster student invovlement.

Sharon Draper, National Teacher of the Year Award winner and author of OSOB for Middle School title Out of My Mind, shares thoughts on teaching as a writer, her books, and OSOB.

Meet Jan Bates, Read to Them stalwart and retired elementary school teacher. She discusses first-hand accounts of how various RTT programs have worked to solve the problem of generational illiteracy and ways that community libraries can assist participating schools.

Read about Saugatuck Elementary School ’s success in getting families to read Appleblossom the Possum together. See how their dedicated educators, families, and students worked to create an unforgettable reading experience.

Discover how Arkansas is gearing up for Family Financial Literacy by reading two dynamic titles. They had great success with The Lemonade War last spring, and Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore is excited to get the program underway again.

The Principal Kisses a Pig

Teya Green, Principal of Broad Rock Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia, kisses a baby pig as part of her school’s One School, One Book opening assembly.  Broad Rock is reading E.B. White’s classic novel for children, Charlotte’s Web, this fall.  Principal Green shows us all what enthusiastic lengths we go to to spread literacy via One School, One Book.  Bravo, Ms. Green!  You’re an inspiration to us all.


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Family Literacy on the Radio

Bruce Coffey, Read to Them Director of Programs, was recently interviewed by Larry Jacobs on Education Talk Radio about how Read to Them programs promote and create family literacy. Listen here!

So, why get the community involved?

“We don’t just want family literacy to develop slowly in each home. We want conversations to spread beyond school and families into churches, supermarkets, soccer fields.”

Even restaurants get involved.

One One District, One Book participant contacted a local diner, who not only wanted to help, but wanted to really get involved.

“They’d do daily trivia where waiters would ask tables questions about a book and if anyone got it right, the winner would receive a free sundae.” 

So, what grades are we talking about?

“The bread and butter is K-5. And it’s a daring thing to do, to not read a distinct book for each grade, but one that all grades read together – there’s a smaller group of books that a first grader can listen to and fifth graders can also be interested in.”

Middle School, too?

“The program works so well that middle schoolers come home and say ‘we don’t want the reading to stop, can we do it in Middle School?’ So we’ve expanded and developed a program for Middle Schools with new titles.”

How do we get parents to participate?

“When kids become teenagers, they become a little more distant. They come home from school and they don’t want to talk about their day. But, when they’re excited about the book they’re reading, that changes and it gets parents excited to be involved.”

Or ESL students and families?

“A lot of times, another family member or someone close to them will volunteer to read to them. In other cases, we will supply a recording or someone else will volunteer to record themselves reading the book aloud. That way, everyone gets to participate.”

To Read to Them, family literacy is everything. It’s the backbone of the program and one of its major goals. If you want a community of readers – of interconnectedness – of good, inclusive, excitement to be doing something worthwhile together, there’s no better way to start than with a One School, One Book or One District, One Book program.

Mastering the Medium

Our newest Counterpane blog post is here!

RTT Director of Programs, Bruce Coffey, suggests how and why we can learn to stay present in our digital age.

“I believe there’s a wave cresting and I think you want to be on it,” he says, offering a solution for how all of us – adults, teenagers, and students – can untether ourselves from screens, social media, and the constant pull of being connected.

In the post, he references recent essays and appeals that question the dominance of the iPhone. Additionally, he references recent long-form literature – (that means books!) – that explore the effects of information technology and the Internet.

Coffey draws on his experience as a Middle School teacher, explaining that the way we talk to students about how to engage with technology also suggests how we should examine – and perhaps change – our own behavior as well.

Yet, we live in a world that is has become more dependent on digital media. We cannot ignore it. Rather, Coffey argues, we must learn to control it – master it – so that it serves its its users, and does not control us.

Coffey tells his students, “Armed with this information, they must understand that the computer (and the iPhone) are both a tool and a temptation.  If we understand the temptation, then perhaps we can learn to use the computer as a tool.”

It seems like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. The key is working together. Coffey writes, “I think if we join hands – if we’re willing to broach the concept – in our work environments, on our dates, in certain social outings, and especially with our families – we can regain what was lost ‘before the Internet’.”  We must help each other to learn how to be Masters of the Medium.

Spring 2017 Newsletter

The Spring 2017 One School, One Book newsletter is here!

Learn from educators who share their experiences with OSOB in Tips from the Field. Find out how to best get students excited, be inclusive, and spread the word about reading together.

Bill Harley, Grammy-award winning musician and author of the Charlie Bumpers series, shares thoughts on teaching, his books, and OSOB.

Meet Cathy Mitchell, Program Director at Read to Them. She is the go-to gal for One District, One Book and our statewide reading programs, Texas Reads One Book and Arkansas Reads One Book.

Read about Richland Elementary School’s success in getting families to read together. See how they staged an introductory assembly, held trivia games, made crafts, and more to make the story come alive.

Discover how Forest Heights Elementary School in Harrison, Arkansas got their students, parents, and educators excited about Nim’s Island.