Public events set to discuss "Choose Kind"

The “Choose Kind” Sages Read – One Book/One Community effort began at the beginning of the school year, but is picking up steam in October as residents are being asked to read the book “Wonder” in anticipation of a November release of a movie adapted from the book.


We asked One Book/One Community organizers Katherine Sokolowski and Kristi Crook to update us on the progress of the Choose Kind effort.


Q. What has been going on in schools to prepare for the One Book-One Community Effort?

A. Katherine: Our first push was getting the funds pulled together to be able to order books for the schools and the town. We joined together with Allerton Library to offer the picture book version, We’re All Wonders, as a Kids Read book to give out to preschool students. The books arrived at the end of September and we’re passing them out this week. Some schools have already begun to read Wonder because of time constraints. Most schools will be introducing the picture book and/or the novel in the coming weeks.


Q. What happens now?

A. Kristi: We are excited for the books to be in classrooms and out in the community. We would love for families to share the books together and have book talks at home. Follow our Facebook page for opportunities to become involved.


Q. How does the community get involved?

A. Katherine: Several ways. Allerton Library is having two book discussions – Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.. Any community member is welcome to join. Monarch Brewing Company will be having a “Wonder Night” on Oct. 25, time TBA. And on Nov. 2 we will be having a teen from Chicago named Pete Dankelson come down and speak to the community (and the schools on Nov. 3). Pete was born with a similar disability as Auggie’s in Wonder. Time and location TBA. (Find more about Pete out here:

Also, we’d love the community to spread the message of choose kind from the books in their own ways. We’ve seen this with groups getting together to paint “wonder rocks”, the message of “choose kind” written in sidewalk chalk in front of the houses around town, or First State Bank had their own kindness booth during the Monticello Celebration. We love seeing the community creating this positive message and sharing it on their own.


Q. Why should people get involved/read the book?

A. Kristi: The purpose of Sages Read – One Book One Community has been to convey the message of choosing to be kind in a world that is often unkind. We all have choices in how we treat people. The books “Wonder” and “We’re All Wonders” remind us to choose kindness.


Q. What is the ultimate goal?

A. Katherine: Our goal was simple, we wanted to bring the town together around a positive message found in this book. Even before the book has been pushed out, we’ve seen that happen. We are beyond grateful to the sponsors who made this project possible and for the team that has helped us create this project. We could not have done this alone.


Q. Is there anything else you would like to add?

A. Kristi: We would like to thank the many individuals and businesses who have made Sages Read possible. Through kindness and generosity we have ordered 1471 books for our schools and community. If you would like to join the community in reading Wonder or We’re All Wonders please check the Facebook page and/ or the website for pickup locations.

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