One Book One School

A School-Wide Literacy Event

The Bee Tree
by Patricia Polacco
March 5 - 7, 2019
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 augments these benefits. Reading a book together brings the added joy of building and expanding the sense of community among students, parents, teachers and staff - and beyond.

At Orchard we are excited to announce a three-day-long literacy event called

One Book One School.

What is One Book One School?

  • We choose one book that the entire school community reads during three days. This year we have chosen The Bee Tree, by Patricia Polacco.

  • We ask families to get a copy of the book and to read with and to their children during the One Book One School days.


Why do this?

  • To promote literacy, the home-school connection and to underscore our mission: “To grow passionate minds and compassionate hearts.”


When is One Book One School happening?


  • Tuesday, March 5th through Thursday, March 7th.


How will it work?

  • Read The Bee Tree at home with your family and discuss the book.

  • We will provide you tips on reading with your kids (see links above).

  • Students come to school and answer comprehension questions.

  • Classrooms will make a bee and hang it on the Bee Tree in our lobby.


How do we get a copy of the book?

  *Books will go on sale in the school office starting Tuesday, February 19th, before school, at lunch, and after school. Cost is $5.00 each, and supplies are limited.

Guest Readers will be in the Library during lunch, Tuesday through Thursday, reading other books by Patricia Polacco.