• National Reading Month AGCS Community of Readers
  • Read Aloud Do's

About One Book, One School

  • Each year, our AGCS Community comes together to read the same book at the same time. We have three selections this year! Every child in kindergarten through fifth grade will receive a copy of their book. We have selected a title that can be followed, understood, and enjoyed by the students in their division.

    One School, One Book is a program that allows us to create and grow our community of readers. Reading aloud at home prepares your child to be an effective reader and is a fun, worthwhile family activity! Reading professionals recommend reading out loud any material 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. Parents are asked to participate by reading with and to their children, following a daily reading schedule so that everyone is reading the same thing at the same time. Generally, you will be asked to read together for 15 minutes each night.

    In school, your child will be invited to answer daily 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. In class, there may be various activities which discuss or explore the book. You will want to make sure your family keeps up, so your child can be included. When the whole school reads a book, there's a lot to talk about!

This Year's Books

  • Love That Dog book coverEarly Learning Center K-3rd Grade: Love that Dog by Sharon Creech

    The Newbery Medal-winning author of Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech, brings readers a story with enormous heart. 

    Love That Dog shows how one boy named Jack finds his voice with the help of a teacher, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, and with classic poetry included in the back matter, this novel is perfect for kids and teachers, too.

    Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Miss Stretchberry, won't stop giving her class poetry assignments—and Jack can't avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns that he does have something to say.

    "I guess it does
    look like a poem
    when you see it
    typed up
    like that."

    Crossover book coverState Road Campus 4th, 5th, and 8th Grades: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

    The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award–winning middle grade bestseller! Basketball and heartache share the court in this slam-dunk novel in verse.

    "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dreadlocked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court.

    But Josh has more than basketball in his blood. He's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander. Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

    Restart book coverState Road Campus 6th Grade: Restart by Gordon Korman

    Chase Ambrose doesn’t remember falling off the roof. He doesn’t remember hitting his head. In fact, he doesn’t remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life over again … starting with his own name.

    Okay, he’s Chase. But who is Chase? Soon he’s hearing stories of the alpha jock and bully who held a reign of terror over an entire school. Is that the person he was … and is destined to be again?

    Is it possible to restart?