Grimshaw's All School Read 2020

On January 6th, our school will be embarking on a special project: an all-school book club. Every child will receive a copy of the same book to keep forever – Tony DiTerlizzi’s Kenny & the Dragon – and will be asked to read it with their family at home over the next month. We hope you can make the time so that 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, and it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. After watching a video introducing the program and the book, your child was given a copy of Kenny & the Dragon . In the book (and also on the website), there is a reading schedule so that you can keep up at home. Generally, the family will be asked to read about 15 minutes every couple days. The date on the schedule is the date that the chapter should be read by for your child to participate in daily trivia. A recording of the chapter, read by someone in our school, will be posted on the website for each reading.

In school, your child will be invited to answer trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive listening. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so that your child can be included. Throughout the month, everyone will be talking about Kenny & the Dragon! Thanks to our amazing Reading Department (Ms. Bailey, Mrs. Woodworth, Mrs. Zehner and Mrs. Fredenburg) for organizing all the trivia and the prizes for our group read.

One School, One Book™ is a novel program that has helped organize our ‘all school read’ where children of all grade levels read 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. 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 will still captivate and stimulate older children.

We know that you’ll enjoy this special reading time with your children. Everyone in the Grimshaw community will be talking about Kenny the rabbit, his family, and his experience with Grahame, the eccentric dragon!

Thanks to GAPS (Grimshaw Association of Parents and Staff) for supporting this and for everyone that participates in GAPS fundraising to help support this important program. Go to the school website for complete details of the activities for families and more information about this book.

Click here for the kick off video