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Texas Reads One Book

Texas Reads One Book is a statewide version of the One District, One Book and One School, One Book programs — community reading experiences sponsored by Read to Them, a national family literacy group. TASA and AASA are pleased to partner with Read to Them in this effort to create a culture of reading and foster student and family engagement in schools and communities throughout Texas.

How the Program Works

Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett kicks off Texas Reads One Book each spring when his videotaped reading of the first chapter of the selected book is shown in participating elementary schools.

During the three weeks that follow, families take up where Coach Garrett leaves off, reading a chapter from the book each night. Because every family receives a copy of the book, even reluctant readers and parents who don’t normally participate in school activities get involved.

Daily trivia questions, discussions, and other activities in the schools ensure that reading takes center stage in the home, school, and community throughout the duration of the program.

Benefits of Participating

Models reading as a positive, fun, and meaningful activity for all students and their families

Promotes vocabulary and literacy development in the home and is especially effective with at-risk children

Builds relationships and turns family members into “Literacy Leaders”

Creates lasting systemic change, especially when multiple programs are conducted annually

Is flexible, fun, easy, and cost-effective and leads to a community of readers

“I believe in Texas Reads One Book. The value of having the coach read the first chapter is impressive. One year, we also had different high school students, coaches, and teachers read a chapter and share it out with our families. Our local folks reading personalizes it for our community. Getting young boys to read is always a challenge, but the way this program is set up, it helps us reach the average fourth or fifth grade boy with good stories that are interesting.”

Andrew Peters

Superintendent, Caldwell ISD

Spring 2020 Texas Reads One Book Program

The 2020 Texas Reads One Book program kicks off February 10 (earlier than in previous years) and will feature the book, “The Lemonade Crime.” Download the 2020 program flier.

Learn More or Sign Up

If you would like to learn more about Texas Reads One Book, including how to get special pricing on a large order, or you’re interesting in signing up for the 2020 program, please inquire using this form:


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