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One Author, One School Kicks Off at Brooklyn School

Brooklyn School students holding up copies of the book titled The One and Only Ivan

Brooklyn School kicked off this year’s One Author, One School program on Monday, May 9th, as the school community learned that this year’s author is Katherine Applegate. Students and staff in Pre-k thru 7 each received a book written by the author. Continuing the annual tradition of the One School, One Book program that began in 2017, this year’s observance will focus on a specific author to reach all students at their reading level. The featured books include Roscoe Riley Rules, Crenshaw, and The One and Only Ivan. Brooklyn School families received a copy of one of the author’s books and will be asked to read it together for fifteen minutes each night over the next several weeks, helping to support literacy while promoting a worthwhile family activity.

A wall decorated with images of a young boy, a black cat, and a gorilla that are characters in books written by Katherine Applegate

At Brooklyn School, teachers and support staff will be participating by reading one of the books authored by Katherine Applegate. In-school activities will include classroom discussions and learning experiences based on each book. During end of day announcements on Mondays, students will hear two facts about the author, which will be followed on Tuesdays by two announced questions related to the previously shared author facts. Students will then be able to write down answers to the questions and submit them to the Main Office on Wednesdays and Thursdays for a chance to win a prize!

Two Brooklyn School students standing and holding up copies of the book titled Roscoe Riley Rules

As in previous years, a Community Scavenger Hunt will be held at Ridge Park Square during the month-long program. Each week a different location will be chosen as a clue spot. Students can find the clue, look for the bonus word on the provided flyer, write it down, and get a stamp at the store counter. Once a student finds all four of the clues and fills out the form, they may return it to school by June 2nd to win a prize.


A special thank you to Ridge Park Square for their participation and generous financial support for the One School, One Author program. Thank you also to Intervention Specialist, Suzy Marquis and Media Specialist, Wendy Smith, for their efforts in coordinating this exciting celebration of literacy for the entire Brooklyn School community!

Three Brooklyn School students holding up copies of the book titled Crenshaw

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