#GRA14 What To Read – Week by Week Breakdown

Here is the plan for what to read and when.  While it is not a big deal if you get behind, please do not read ahead and then share spoilers.  It really hurts the experience for the students.  
Peter H. Reynolds!

To make the collaboration easier for everyone, for the author study we recommend reading these books:
Week 1: The North Star
Week 2: I’m Here
Week 3: Ish
Week 4: Sky Color
Week 5: Going Places
Week 6: Your Choice!
Yes, I know that the incredible book “The Dot” is not on this list. That’s because International Dot Day is September 15th so some of you may have already read and used it by the time we start October 6th. But, the final week of the Global Read Aloud is always a free choice so feel free to use it then if you would like.

Book Choices:

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Why this book:  This new classic has been nominated every year as a wonderfully engaging story that reads aloud beautifully. 
Breakdown for the 6 weeks:
Week 1:  Chapters 1 – 4
Week 2:  Chapters 5 – 9
Week 3:  Chapters 10 -14
Week 4:  Chapters 15 -19
Week 5:  Chapters 20 – 24
Week 6:  25 – coda

The Fourteenth Goldfish
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Why this book?  I am one of the lucky ones that have read an advanced copy of this book, and besides being immediately sucked into it, I think it will be a wonderful read aloud.  The story is whimsical, thought provoking and can definitely lead to bigger connections being made.  
Breakdown for the 6 weeks:
Week 1:  Chapters 1 – 5
Week 2:  Chapters 6 – 10
Week 3:  Chapters 11 – 15
Week 4:  Chapters 16 – 20
Week 5:  Chapters 21  – 25
Week 6: Chapters 26 – end

One for the Murphy’s by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Why this book:  Anyone who has read the book will know why.  This incredibly touching story that carries heavy themes is a story about transformation, love of the deepest kind, and survival of the spirit. 
Breakdown for the 6 weeks:
Week 1: Chapter 1 – 8
Week 2: Chapter 9 – 17
Week 3: Chapter 18 – 25
Week 4: Chapter 26 – 33
Week 5: Chapter 34 – 42
Week 6: Chapter 43 – end

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Why this book?  This book was first runner up last year and came back strong this year.  This incredible story of one girl’s courageous battle and, yes, transformation, is one that will resonate globally. 
Weekly Breakdown:
Week 1:  Chapters 1 – 4
Week 2:  Chapters 5 – 8
Week 3:  Chapters 9 – 12
Week 4:  Chapters 13 – 16
Week 5:  Chapters 17 – 20
Week 6:  Chapters 21 – end

A big change for this year’s project is the removal of grade levels.  Instead, just pick the  book you think will best suit your class and your goals.   All of the books chosen share the themes of transformation and love, something I think all students can relate to.


10 thoughts on “#GRA14 What To Read – Week by Week Breakdown

  1. Anonymous says:

    I miss the grade level suggestions. I teach 5th grade and like to not read the book before reading it with my students so that we experience if for the first time together.

  2. buchhma says:


    Thank you again for organizing this for all of us. Congratulations on your new position. Your new district is fortunate to have you! We are cheering you on from just down the road in Stoughton.
    Hope your year begins with wonder and delight!

  3. Sarah Everett says:

    This will be my first time joining this and I am very excited! Are there discussion forums for students and teachers depending on the book you read? Also would all books be ok for grade 7? I have only read 'Fault in our Stars' thanks so much for the info

  4. Pernille Ripp says:

    With my 7th graders I am planning on asking them which book they want to listen to or do the author study? I have 5 sections so there can be choice. You can do all books with 7th graders but TFIOS is definitely a bit mature.

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