Whole School Family Read Aloud

Cary Elementary is excited to announce a new program: One School, One Book!


To help promote the love of reading and reading aloud, the school has chosen a book title (The World According to Humphrey) for EVERY FAMILY to read aloud together at home, during the same time frame.  Reading aloud has been said to hold the greatest impact on developing good readers!  And we want reading to be seen as a positive experience the whole family will gain from in countless ways!

“Reading aloud to your child is a commercial for reading. When you read aloud, you’re whetting a child’s appetite for reading. … A child who has been read to will want to learn to read herself. She will want to do what she sees her parents doing. But if a child never sees anyone pick up a book, she isn’t going to have that desire” (Trelease, 2013). 

With everyone reading the same story at home, the whole school will be “in” on the story together! Fun, text-related activities at school will help extend, and hopefully spread, the shared joy of reading this book from home to school, back  home again!  You share the reading bond as a family, and the school will follow-up with engaging extensions.  Our goal is to keep the enthusiasm mounting and everyone eager to find out what’s going to happen next, collectively as a school community.

It IS important to note that we need you to purchase through this program, if you can (see below).  In doing so, you are not only purchasing the book, but the curriculum the school will use for the fun follow-up activities as well.  Borrowing the book from the library or purchasing from Amazon won’t help our school meet the necessary quota needed to receive the curriculum as well.  We truly do appreciate your support, and your buy-in, into this new school program!  In paying the $6, you receive the book (at an Amazon-comparable price), but the school also receives the curriculum.  It’s a win-win for both!  As a school, we truly believe this is a worthwhile experience to partnership with together.

We hope you are as excited as us!  More  information of when we will begin and projected reading plans will follow when the books arrive.  As Humphrey would say, we expect this school-wide experience to be fun-fun-fun!

Please look for this flyer about ordering the book in your student’s backpack. For more information, you can also refer to this link about the program: http://readtothem.org/about/  


You can send in donations if you want to buy a book for another CES family. That option can be used online (https://ces.memberhub.com/payment_requests/362) or please note any donations when you send in money with this form.

Thank you!



  • Trelease, J. (2013). The read-aloud handbook (7th edition). New York: Penguin Books.