Read an entire novel in one day as a school-wide event!
Designed for grades 4 to 8, One Book One Day uses the novel ALL OF THE ABOVE by Shelley Pearsall. It takes about 3.5 to 4 hours to read aloud, so it fits perfectly into the school day, with plenty of time for fun activities in between. ALL OF THE ABOVE is an ALA Notable Book and a 2020 Mathical Honor Book.
Everything is provided here for you: the one-day reading schedule, fun activities and discussion questions -- and of course, some tasty snack ideas. (The novel has chocolate cake in it, so why not?) This unique "big read" program builds community, as well as promoting STEM and literacy skills.
Visit the Preparation page to learn how to get started. Then visit the Reading Schedule page which is designed for 7 class periods with 25 - 40 minutes of reading per block—or adapt the timetable to fit your individual school schedule and resources.
Adaptations for Virtual Learning
Teachers: Using the schedule, record the seven book segments with different guest readers and post to your students on a closed educational platform. Or assign the new audiobook version in segments! Your students can download the coloring and tetrahedron pages on this site, and build their own pyramids at home. Families: use the schedule to read the book over seven days (instead of one) and try the recipes and pyramid-building.
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Now available in Audio!
ALL OF THE ABOVE (Hachette Books) is an ALA Notable selection, a Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, and a VOYA Top Shelf book, as well as appearing on reading award lists in eight states.
Great choice for STEM and MakerSpace.
A 2020 Mathical Honor Book selection
“Students were amazed that we read One Book in One Day!”
South Milwaukee School District
"Our One Book One Day event was a roaring success...even our cafeteria workers wore shirts that said "Willy Q's BBQ" and it was a huge hit!"
E.H. Greene Intermediate School
"I had so much fun reading your book All of the Above. I definitely would recommend it to any middle school student." - Emma