The benefits of reading aloud are remarkable. Studies have shown that reading to children helps them to listen better and longer, to build bigger vocabularies, to understand concepts better, to feel positive about both books and learning – and much more.

When an entire school reads the same book, the buzz and excitement around the book augments these benefits. Reading a book together brings the added joy of building and expanding a sense of community among students, parents, teachers, and staff – and beyond. In some schools, bus drivers and custodial and cafeteria staff clamor to be included. And when a library or church or community group or commercial donor becomes involved, that sense of fostered community is exponential.

The effort and expense required for such a tremendous experience are modest, especially when compared to the return. The cost for books and program materials depends on the size of the school, and many schools can offset or cover that expense through grants or donations. Your school will embrace a month of One School, One Book activities, which will enhance each school day and enrich your students’ homes during the month you spend with each book. One School, One Book can also be easily refined, modified, and tailored to fit each school’s environment, needs, and capabilities. Most schools have such a successful experience with One School, One Book that it becomes an annual part of their curriculum, and children and families look forward to it each year with eager anticipation.

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