Mississippi Reads One Book

A Letter to Families

Dear Families,


Beginning Friday, January 10th, the PreK-3rd grade students in the Oxford School District and Lafayette County School District will be embarking on a special project, called Mississippi Reads One Book. Every family will receive a copy of Betty G. Birney’s, The World According the Humphrey, and be asked to read it at home using the calendar provided. I am personally asking you to make the time so your family can participate in this special activity.


Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader. But it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With the MS Reads One Book program, we aim to build a community of readers. Everyone – students, parents, teachers, and administrative staff, will be participating.


Your child will receive his/her copy of The World According to Humphrey at his/her school kickoff on January 10th. When the book comes home, please follow the reading schedule outlined on the calendar. You will be asked to read a chapter a night- that’s about 15-20 minutes per night. At school, trivia questions will be asked, and students will complete fun activities and chapter discussions.


MS Reads One Book is a novel program in that children at different grade levels will all be listening to the same book. Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound, educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud 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. We have selected this title because it can be understood and enjoyed by younger students, and also still captivate and stimulate older readers.


I hope you find MS Reads One Book a fun and enjoyable activity to do with your family. I know you will enjoy reading about Humphrey and all the lessons he teaches the students and adults in his school. “When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about.” With your help, we can build a community of readers in our LOU Community!


Literacy Changes the Community,

Tamara Hillmer

Director of Early Childhood and Read Development


2020 Calendar

Resources for Families

Discussion Questions
This chapter-by-chapter guide provides families with questions that will prompt discussion as both child and family make their way through The World According to Humphrey.



Reading Tips
Need a few tips for reading aloud with your children? Check out this awesome guide! Entailed is 10 tips that will help you and your child get the most out of your reading experience. 



Looking for additional content to supplement your reading experience? LOU Reads will be posting videos throughout the month of January across its social media platforms. Follow us on Facebook and stay updated. 

A Special Thanks

We want to thank the Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy for making Mississippi Reads One Book possible. The Alliance envisions effective and efficient nonprofit and philanthropic organizations throughout the state, working together to improve the lives of the people and communities of Mississippi. Learn more about the Alliance by visiting www.alliancems.org

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