The One Hen Book Club

Summer is a time for fun — but it is also time when many youth lose what they learned during the school year and gain unhealthy eating habits.
  • Young people can lose 2-3 months of progress in reading achievement over the summer.
  • Reading 5 books over the summer prevents learning loss.

Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off the United We Serve: Let’s Read. Let’s Move an initiative that encourages children to read 5 books this summer to prevent summer learning loss.

One Hen, Inc, and Kids Can Press are proud to support




with, The One Hen Book Club



As a librarian and educator, we encourage you to support this program and join the effort to help stop “summer learning loss” by starting a One Hen Book Club this summer.

We suggest 5 books to read in your book club, including

  1. One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference;
  2. The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough;
  3. If America Were a Village: A Book about the People of the United States;
  4. One Well: The Story of Water on Earth; and
  5. If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World’s People.
Each book introduces a global issue and ways to get involved and help those in need.

Explore www.onehen.org for supporting activities for One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference and sign up on www.thegoodgarden.org to be notified about our fall resources.

How You Can Participate

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  1. Start a One Hen Book Club this summer at home or at your library.
    • Use One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference or any of the other CitizenKid books from Kids Can Press. A book list is provided below. Click Here to purchase books from the One Hen Shop.
    • Download and distribute the One Hen Book Club Flyer to launch club.
  2. Visit www.onehen.org and use the resources there to deepen your children's learning.
    • Have children share what they have learned in the children's blog "Share your One Hen Experience."
    • Use the writing exercises for younger and older children under the Teachers and Librarians tab.
    • Have your children explore the profiles of micro-entrepreneurs under "Meet Real People"
  3. Sign up your library or book club for updates.
    Sign up on the left to receive updates about United We Serve Let's Read Let's Move.
  4. Tell us what you are doing.
    Email letters@onehen.org and let us know what your book club is doing learning. We will feature book clubs in our fall newsletter.
  5. Tell others what you are doing.
    Share these facts with other librarians and educators to get them involved in this initiative.
    • Kids engaged in summer reading activities are better prepared for the new academic year, show improvement in spelling, writing style, vocabulary and grammatical development.
    • The number of books read during summer is consistently related to academic gains.
    • Reading also offers opportunities to discover books that are not associated with classroom lessons, allowing kids to expand their horizons and discover new story genres.
Books on Amazon.com

If the World Were a Village

One Well

One Hen

If America Were a Vilalge

The Good Garden