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Mississippi Reads One Book in Oxford

Cover of book: ‘The World According to Humphrey’ by Betty G. Birney Oxford, Mississippi (January 3, 2020) — Beginning Friday, January 10th, the Pre-K through 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 to the Humphrey, and be asked to read it at home using the calendar provided. This special project is sponsored by L.O.U. Reads under the direction of Tamara Hillmer, Director of Early Childhood and Reading Development.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares children 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.

Each child will receive his/her copy of The World According to Humphrey at his/her school kickoff on January 13th. When the book comes home, parents are asked to follow the reading schedule outlined on the calendar. Parents/Guardians are 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 where children at different grade levels will all be listening to the same book. Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes 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. This book title was chosen because it can be understood and enjoyed by younger students, and also still captivate and stimulate older readers.

For more information on the MS Reads One Book program, visit

Mississippi Reads One Book: Everyone’s Reading ‘The World According to Humphrey’ by Betty G. Birney – January 13-31, 2020