Book in a Bag



“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” Jim Trelease
Dear Parents,

One of our goals at St. Thomas More School is to build a community of readers. We don’t just want to teach children to read, we want to teach them to love to read. We hope to make lifelong readers and this process starts at home. Educators unanimously agree that reading aloud to your children is the single most important daily activity that you can do to help them develop as readers. Although this may sound too simple, it is in fact very effective.

“Reading aloud is a commercial for reading…,” states Jim Trelease in his highly acclaimed The Read Aloud Handbook. We create lifetime readers, he explains, by conditioning the child’s brain to associate reading with pleasure and by providing a role model. And, he adds, since children listen on a higher level than they read, they are building vocabulary, and absorbing background knowledge.

More importantly, reading aloud at home builds memories that will last a lifetime for you and your child. It is time spent together in a loving, sharing way. Think of the first book you ever “fell into”. For many of us, those were books our parents read to us and those are the books we buy for our own children. Finding time in our busy daily schedules is not always easy, however, this small investment of your time will hopefully reap many rewards.

STM’s Book in a Bag program makes it easy for you. Today your child is bringing home their personalized bag with a library book inside for you to read together. Please return the ‘book in a bag’ on the next school day. Each day your child will receive another book from the classroom rotation.

Your teachers and I are very excited about this program and we hope you will be too. Books are selected by the school librarian and the program is administered by the classroom teachers. If you have any questions about this program or any library program, please feel free to contact me at

I would like to thank Karen Kelly, the librarian at St. Mary’s School in Alexandria, for sharing this program with STM. As Karen would say, “Its success rest in your hands and voices. “


Mrs. O’Rourke, Librarian