using stories and food as a vehicle
to create memories for students.

One Bookshelf is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) that provides child-friendly cookbooks to teachers for their classroom libraries.

Our goal is to promote: 

  • Accessible differentiation through reading the genre of nonfiction. 
  • Identity through finding one’s unique voice in a plethora of recipes. 
  • Representation through seeing foods and recipes from various cultures.

“Through food, we can find that there is more that connects us than separates us.  What we eat and what we discover brings us together...It’s how we know who we are and how we know we’re connected.”

― Dr. Jessica Harris

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book donations

Teachers looking for cookbook donations for their classroom libraries - please apply below!

WHAT IS THE NEED?

  • "Classroom libraries are a literacy necessity; they are integral to successful teaching and learning and must become a top priority if our students are to become thriving, engaged readers" (Routman, 2003, p. 64).
  • Access to a classroom library increases student's reading by 50-60% (Morrow, 2003).
  • It is the responsibility of the teacher to have balanced representation in their classroom library (Pennell, 2018).
  • Literary consultant and administrator, Shelley Harwayne (1999), states, "No matter the grade level, when I walk in and out of classrooms, I expect to see classroom libraries brimming with nonfiction texts" (p. 24).
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WHAT IS
THE BIG
IDEA?

“ONE CHILD, ONE TEACHER, ONE BOOK, ONE PEN CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.”
― MALALA YOUSAFZAI

The big idea is to increase children’s cookbooks in classroom libraries for teachers and students.

Harvey Daniels (2004), who wrote a peer-reviewed journal article published in Voices from the Middle titled: Building a Classroom Library, points out that “...students also need to engage with the nonfiction genres that represent 84% of adult, real-world text” (p. 44). 

Teachers will receive new cookbooks to build into their classroom libraries through donations and fundraising conducted by One Bookshelf. 

There are many components to an inclusive classroom library and including cookbooks will increase opportunities for children to read for pleasure and create memories.

Recipes lend themselves to brevity.  The step-by-step structure of a recipe is inviting for struggling readers and English language learners. Visually the images in a cookbook act as a source of inspiration and motivation to the reader (Bluestein, 2010). 

“Creating and using culturally sustaining informational texts is one way to add variety into the classroom genre diet, capitalize on students’ funds of knowledge, and promote literacy learning.” - Lynne M. Watanabe Kganetso

ABOUT THE
FOUNDER

Karen O'Leary is the founder of One Bookshelf. She is an educator, an author, and a mother of three. Karen's vision for supporting children's literacy is greatly encouraged by her husband. One of her favorite quotes is, "Whenever you read a good book somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light." - Vera Nazarian

Learn more at Karen-Oleary.com or send Karen an email here.

FUN FACTS ABOUT KAREN

  • When I was growing up, my favorite book was The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper.
  • The first job I wanted as a child was to be a judge.
  • My favorite recipe to bake with my children is chocolate chip cookies.
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