Imagine all 26 elementary schools excited about reading the same book together at the same time!

Imagine community members, civic organizations, local businesses and the entire community joining in!

That’s One Richmond, One Book!

One Richmond, One Book is an inclusive city-wide reading event.  All elementary students to participate.  All 26 elementary schools in the Richmond Public School system are fully sponsored and receive program materials, activities, and complimentary books for every child.

One Richmond, One Book includes a bevy of supportive, supplemental program initiatives including in-school assembly skits, arts and craft projects, after-school reading programs, sponsored family literacy nights.

One Richmond, One Book will deliver fun, educational, and engaging literacy based activities for all the children of Richmond.

In October, students, families, and schools read Friendship According to Humphrey, by Betty G. Birney.

Many schools acquired and cared for their very own classroom pet – and students explored the taxonomy of friendship.

Many students and families embraced Humphrey for the first time and are establishing the habit of reading together by pursuing and sharing the 12 Humphrey sequels.

This spring, all of Richmond (and in fact all of Virginia) will read Cleo Edison Oliver: Playground Millionaire, by Sundee T. Frazier.

Enterprising Cleo is an elementary school dynamo – a budding entrepreneur with endless money-making ideas and enthusiasm.

Kick-off assemblies will feature female CEOs and executives, as well as community leaders across Richmond – including Mayor Stoney, Superintendent Kamras, State Superintendent James Lane, and radio personality Community Clovia Lawrence.

A whole host of Guest and Volunteer Readers will help read about Cleo for families including Spanish translations and personalities.

Want to volunteer?

Click here to sign up with GiveADay at Hands On RVA!

Questions? Email for more information.

If you would like to be a community partner, sponsor, or participant in One Richmond, One Book, please contact:

Dr. Maia Kling at