Get your school to read a novel in one day
read aloud event
One Book One Day is a school-wide read aloud event designed for grades 4 - 8 using the ALA Notable novel, ALL OF THE ABOVE by Shelley Pearsall. This unique "big read" program builds community, as well as promoting STEM and literacy skills.
I’m Shelley Pearsall, the author of ALL OF THE ABOVE, and a former middle school teacher. I have six novels for youth, published by Penguin Random House and Hachette Books.
The idea for this site began when several middle schools tried reading ALL OF THE ABOVE together in a single day. It takes about 3.5 - 4 hours to read aloud, which leaves plenty of time for some fun activities in between. Their enthusiasm and ideas got this website rolling!
What is “One Book One Day”?
One Book One Day challenges intermediate and middle schools to read an entire novel together in one day. Imagine administrators, cafeteria staff, teachers, students—all reading, discussing, and enjoying one book together.
ALL OF THE ABOVE is the featured book on the site, but I'll be adding more one-day novels for schools that want to keep reading. Everything is here for you: the one-day reading schedule, easy activities and discussion questions, snack ideas, and creative extension suggestions.
Visit the Preparation page 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.
I hope you find onebookoneday.com fun and easy to use!
“Students were amazed that we read One Book in One Day!”
South Milwaukee School District, 2017
Read a news article about one school's experience with One Book One Day. 2019
"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, 2017
"I had so much fun reading your book All of the Above. I definitely would recommend it to any middle school student." - Emma, 2019
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.
“Smart and fast-paced.” Kirkus Reviews
“This tale sparkles.” Publishers Weekly
“A good balance of comedy, drama, and middle school life.” The Horn Book