One District, One Book

One District, One Book
Posted on 10/15/2018
Despereaux

One District, One Book

This month our school will be embarking on a special project, an all school book club called One District, One Book. Every family will receive a copy of the same book – The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo – You will read it at home over the months of October and November. I am personally asking you to make the time so your family can participate in this special activity.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader. But it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With the One District, One Book program, we aim to build a community of readers at the schools in our district. Everyone – students, parents, teachers, even administrative staff and community members – will be participating, and we can all reap the many benefits.

One District, One Book is a novel program in that children at all grade levels will all be listening to the same book. Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. And we also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but that will still captivate and stimulate older children. 

Enjoy the unlikely hero, Despereaux – and his adventures with Princess Pea, and the rats in the dungeon, and…a spool of thread. “When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about.” With your help, we can build a Community of Readers in our district.

For more information about One District, One Book, check out our website at https://sites.google.com/cusd305.org/ahschoollibrary/odob.