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WE Explore Reading

Click here to visit our Fourteenth Goldfish page with the daily chapters, updates and more! 
Follow along as Wilkesboro Elementary reads together! WE Read Fourteenth Goldfish
Click here to follow along our journey and enjoy a view from inside as we enjoy this book.

Our school is taking part in a special, communitywide shared reading event. Every family will receive a copy of the same book – The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm – and will be asked to read it together at home over the next few weeks. We hope you will make the time so that 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, and it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With this program, we aim to build a Community of Readers at our school. Everyone – students, parents, teachers, even administrative staff – will all be following along together.

All kids received a copy of the book on 3/23/2022. We are committed to the following reading schedule so that we can enjoy the book together. Generally, we will read about 15 minutes each night.


Click here for a link to our reading schedule.

In school, students will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive listening. We hope students will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. In class, students will explore the book through activities and discussion. Please try to make sure your family keeps up so all children can participate. Throughout the next few weeks, everyone will be talking about The Fourteenth Goldfish!

This is a novel program because children of all 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 a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but will still captivate and stimulate older children.  We hope that you will join us for a Family Science Night on April 12, 2022 as a culminating event for this program.

We know that you’ll enjoy this special reading time with your children. We hope to talk with both you and your student sometime in the days to come about Ellie, her grandfather, and a mysterious jellyfish.


“When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about.” With your help, we can build a Community of Readers at Wilkesboro Elementary!