Welcome to Washington Elementary's All-School Read of

"The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane"

All Washington families and staff are invited to join together and read "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" at home during a four week period starting March 2, 2018 and ending March 28, 2018. The PTA has generously donated funding so that every JK-5th grade family at Washington will receive a copy of the book on March 2nd, following our kick-off assembly.

Families will receive a pacing guide which lists each night’s reading. There will be a drawing using the students’ trivia slips each Wednesday morning for a chance to win fun prizes!

An All-School Read is a community-building event in which every family and staff member in school reads the same book aloud at home for a set period of time.

Research tells us that children benefit from being read aloud to at all ages for many reasons. Listening to stories read aloud builds children’s vocabularies and provides an example of fluent reading. Most importantly, reading a book aloud brings families together. You will get the chance to cuddle up, read and talk about a book! Everyone at school will be reading the book right along with your family, so we will have a common text and experience we can share!

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Catch-up On Last Night's Chapter

Click on the link below to hear "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" read aloud by special guests and Washington's very own teachers and staff!

Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hobos camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle: even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

Kate DiCamillo’s writing journey has truly been a remarkable one. She grew up in Florida and moved to Minnesota in her twenties, where homesickness and a bitter winter led her to write Because of Winn-Dixie — her first published novel, which became a runaway bestseller and snapped up a Newbery Honor. The Tiger Rising, her second novel, was also set in Florida, and went on to become a National Book Award Finalist. Since then, the best-selling author has explored settings as varied as a medieval castle, a magician’s theater, and the bustling streets of Memphis, while continuing to enjoy great success, winning two Newbery Medals and being named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.