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Irving Reads: The One and Only Ivan

Irving ISD’s award-winning literary program, Irving Reads, is back! This fall’s book selection is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, a story about a caged gorilla whose unexpected friendship changes how he sees the world around him. Today, students in grades fourth through seventh received a copy of the book and will dive in together over the course of two-weeks. While classroom lessons take place during the day, students will read along with their families at home using a reading schedule. To celebrate the return of Irving Reads, schools like Britain Elementary introduced the book to students with special activities. Britain principal Adriana Rico held a read-along with students during a pep rally, which ended with a very spirited gorilla dance break! For more resources, a schedule and a exclusive message from the author, visit