About Otisfield Community School


Book Character/Read Across America Week

March 1st-5th, 2021




Otisfield Commnuity School

Thank you for your interest in our school and for visiting our web site! We serve approximately 115 students in grades PreK-6. Our principal is Mrs. Jessika Sheldrick. We have high expectations for ourselves and our students. We strive to improve student achievement in a diverse learning environment so that each child can reach his/her unique potential. Students, parents, staff, and our community work collaboratively to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which all children can flourish, grow, and enhance their self-worth. Please take a minute to read and learn about our school and community.

We think it's a special place and hope that you will, too!


“When our community works together, it can create ripples that transform the world around us and beyond!”

-Jessika Sheldrick


“When you walk through our school doors, please be part of the solution.”

-Lucas Fortier, Grade 5 student




At OCS, we have celebrated Read Across America for many, many years.  This year the Read Across America theme is to celebrate and create a nation of diverse readers. To support this initiative, using book grant money, we have recently purchased $1,000.00 worth of books for our school library that offer more opportunities for learning and understanding about others. Moving forward, we will make a continued effort to grow our library in meaningful ways.  If you would like more information about this year’s Read Across America, please visit the following website:   https://www.nea.org/professional-excellence/student-engagement/read-across-america


Here are our activities for Book Character Week:

*All School Rules Apply*


Monday-One way characters express themselves is through personal hair style!  Last year, Pippi Longstocking definitely rocked her own hair style with her pigtails.  How will you express yourself with your hairdo! Come to school with an expressive hair style to show your friends!


Also, check out these books that feature characters who talk about their hair, face challenges with their hair, celebrate their hair, and/or wear their hair with their care!


Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munch

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Lemonade Club by Patricia Polacco

Don’t Touch My Hair by Sharee Miller

Rapunzel (multiple versions, authors)

My Hair is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera


Tuesday:  Since we  have had the opportunity to read so many great books, we  have met many different characters who have helped us learn many different things or have helped us learn to enjoy reading or both.  Dress as your favorite book character.  It must be a character from a book that you have read and you must be able to tell someone the reasons this particular character is your favorite book character. 


Check out these books that feature book characters you might like to meet:


Frog and Toad Are Friends Series

Henry and Mudge Series

The Series of Unfortunate Events Series

The Percy Jackson Series

Harry Potter Series

Mercy Watson Series

Magic Tree House Series

*Also, Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!  Does anyone know how old he would be now, if he were alive?

**We are hoping to also do our school book reveals for our PK-3 and 4-6 books! Fingers crossed.  If not on this day, some time during the week! Stay tuned….


Wednesday-Let’s have a little fun with our creative fashion license.  It’s Wacky Wednesday.  In Dr. Seuss’s Wacky Wednesday, things get a little mixed up.  How will you show your wacky sense of style? 


Here are some books that feature characters who have their own unique style sense.  These characters teach us that being different is okay.  We should embrace the things we love to do!


Sergio by Edel Rodriguez

Sweetie by Adrea Zuill

Pocket Full of Colors by Amy Guglielmo and Jaqueline Tourville

Rescue and Jessica by Jessca Kensky and Patrick Downes

Snappsy The Alligator and His Best Friend Forever by Julie Falatko

Be You by Peter Reynolds 


Thursday: Spread kindness like confetti. Winnie, from Winnie the Pooh, and his friends always take opportunities to teach us life lessons, including lessons about kindness. Wear a shirt with a positive message.  


Also, check out these books that feature characters who try to teach others about being kind. 

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Our Class Is A Family by Shannon Olsen and Sandie Sonke

Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hische


Friday:-We have met many characters who have dreams and aspirations.  Characters like real life dreamer and hero, Martin Luther King Jr.  In Martin’s Big Dream.  We learn more about his aspirations to make our world a better place.  Dress as who you want to be when you grow up! 


Also, check out these books that feature characters who set goals, work towards goals, and/or meet their aspirations!


After The Fall by Dan Santat

Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

I Believe I Can by Grace Byers

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson

We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales


If you have a new book that  you think we should know about, please let us know!  We will add it to our wish list of books we would like to purchase for our library.