Choices for Global Read Aloud 2015 #GRA15

While i may be the creator of the Global Read Aloud, this project would be nothing without the amazing authors that give us such incredible books to share.  So in case you need a handy reference guide for which books we are reading this year, here you.

Author Study:

This year’s author study is the incredible Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  Her picture books have long enthralled all of my students and aIso I am so happy to have her and her genius be the focus this year.  Remember, this is not just open to younger grades, anyone can do the author study!  All images will link to the actual book on Amazon.

Week 1:

We start with Chopsticks“>Chopsticks

Week 2:

Week 2 is all about Duck! Rabbit!“>Duck!  Rabbit!

Week 3:

How many times do I hearIt’s Not Fair!“> It’s Not Fair in my house!

Week 4:

Week 4 will focus on the trials of being an Exclamation Mark“>Exclamation Mark!

Week 5:

I love that we end week 5 with The OK Book“>The Ok Book

Week 6:

Your choice!  Pick whichever Amy Krouse Rosenthal book you want to finish the project!

Ages 7 and up  (or whichever age group you decide):

When I first read The Year of Billy Miller“>The Year of Billy Miller a few years ago, I wanted to shout hallelujah.  We have such few books aimed at younger readers that have rich stories, yet are easy for young children to follow.  This book promises to create great conversations around choices, family, and how much can change in a year.  Click on the image to read reviews and purchase your copy.

Ages 9 and up  (or whichever age group you decide):

I swear Lynda Mullaly Hunt wrote Fish in a Tree“>Fish In A Tree with making connections in mind.  This book was a crowd favorite from the moment it was published.  I cannot wait to see who a global audience reacts to FIAT as we lovingly call it.  Click the image to read reviews and purchase your copy.

Ages 12 and up (or whichever age group you decide)

L.S. Matthews, or Laura Dron, wrote an incredible book with Fish“>Fish.  I, in particular, cannot wait to make cross curriculum connections with students through this book.  This will open our classroom up to conversations about humanity, kindness, and the choices we have to make and how they define us.  Click on the image to read reviews and purchase your copy.

Ages 14 and up (or whichever age group you decide):

Yes, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass“>this book may have a swear word in its title, but please do not let that stop you from using it with students.  This incredible story of what bullying can do to a person is one that is meant to be shared and discussed.  I am so thankful that Meg Medina wrote this book.

There you have it, happy reading, happy connecting.  We kick off October 5th!


13 thoughts on “Choices for Global Read Aloud 2015 #GRA15

  1. Mary Lisa Kostaneski says:

    I will be back in the classroom this year after a long journey and am looking forward to participating. What a great way to connect with other educators and kids!

  2. Janice says:

    Very excited to participate this year! What a great way to connect students and teachers around the globe!

  3. Gretchen Pitts says:

    Have done GRA with my two 5th grade classes for the last two years and have loved every minute of it! However I am moving to a new position as librarian/tech resource for PreK to 6th this year! Does anyone have any suggestions for doing this with library groups?

  4. Wendy says:

    Based on a colleague’s example, I use Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life as a jumping off point for weekly writing with my middle school students! We do a quick brainstorm of words that start with the letter of the week, then we each choose our favorite to use as a journal prompt. So fun to realize she writes picture books!

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