- West Haven Elementary School (es)
One School One Book: A Boy Called BAT
Welcome to our One School, One Book community read
Our book choice
Book synopsis: For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some of them not so good. Today, though, is a good surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a stray baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk just might make a pretty terrific pet. (Walden Pond Media 2017)
Meet the Author
How to participate
Read along with us or listen to the story by clicking the video link. Discuss the vocabulary in the story and try the extension activity of the day.
Why One School One Book?
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 augment 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.
(except from Read to Them https://readtothem.org/programs/one-school-one-book/benefits/)