Win a Signed Copy of A Long Walk to Water #GRA17

While it is never expected, it is always exciting to me when the authors of the selected books ask how they can be a part of the Global Read Aloud.  This year is doubly exciting, as both Linda Sue Park and Victoria Coe are coming up with wonderful ways that they can connect with all of you (in manageable ways, of course, as we have about two million students signed up this year).

Last year marked the first time, that the Global Read Aloud partnered with a chosen non-profit to direct some GRA good will their way.  Lasy year’s partner, Palms and Souls, ended up receiving more than $8,000 in books to build a community center library for more than 60 kids in Guatemala, it was incredible to see the kids and their smiles as all of their new books were revealed to them.  When choosing a non-profit I wanted to make it meaningful, I wanted any help they received to truly make a huge difference, and I wanted the nonprofit to share a similar story of the GRA; someone saw a problem and decided to do something about it.   And so I am proud to announce that this year’s partner is Water for South Sudan, the nonprofit started by Salva Dut, the man whose story is told in A Long Walk for Water.

While more details will be forthcoming, we are celebrating this partnership with the author of the book, the incredible Linda Sue Park.  She has graciously donated, along with her publisher, twenty-five signed copies of A Long Walk to Water for me to give away.  This contest is open to the world, all you have to do to enter is to leave a comment below.  I will pull twenty-five random winners on the 19th of August and then notify the winners.

So good luck, happy reading, and may this year’s Global Read Aloud once again make a difference to you and to others.

 

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487 thoughts on “Win a Signed Copy of A Long Walk to Water #GRA17

    • I love the book and the charity partnership to go with it. This is my first time participating in the Global Read Aloud.

      • Excited to participate in my first global read aloud reading “A Long Walk to Water!”

      • Me too. This is my first time reading this book and becoming involved in the Global Read Aloud. I am looking forward to my class participating this fall. I loved the book and appreciate that it isn’t too long.

    • I love this book and can’t wait to read it to my class this year! Our 4-6th grades are going to fundraise for Water for South Sudan after we read the book! Thank you for doing this!

  1. I love this! I just finished reading the book and can’t wait to share it with my 5th graders! Looking forward to my second year in the GRA!

  2. Every year for the past 4 years my 5th grade team has read the book Long Walk to Water. Our first year we raised funds for a well in Sudan. We also celebrate World Water Day. Our first year we Skyped with Linda Sue Park. I would love to receive an autographed book.

  3. I am so excited to have my students participate in the GRA. I am super excited that Linda Sue Park will be joining as well! I couldn’t think of a better partner for the GRA that Water for South Sudan!!!

    • Love this book! It was one of our Battle of the Books titles last year. This year I’ve ordered a class set for my library and plan to read it with all my fifth grade classes!

  4. I’ve read this incredible story to many students and have seen what effect it has on them. It’s wonderful to see this opportunity for so many to reach out once again with this AMAZINGLY intertwined story. HUGE thanks to Linda Sue Park AND to P. Ripp in affording yet another opportunity for so, so many!

  5. I can’t wait to share Salva Dut’s story with my middle school students! There are some great videos about the book and Salva’s walk on YouTube!

  6. It is so lovely when authors support teachers and their students. A few years back my class participated in the YouTube Q&A with Kate Messner and it was an absolute thrill when she answered one of OUR questions!
    A Long Walk to Water is a remarkable book. I read it last summer upon recommendation from a colleague. Wow!

  7. This is so amazing, what a great partnership. Thank you for putting this all together, looking forward to participating in my first year with FRA.

  8. My daughter shared the book with me about 4 years ago when she read it as part of a book club in middle school. She knew enough to ask for an extra copy for her mom( who would definitely want to read it) after reading a few pages. I’d love to win a signed copy for her.

  9. What an amazing opportunity for us as educators to connect with a wonderful cause, but to share with our students that maybe have no idea of what is needed outside of their area. Thankful to have the chance to connect and support!!

  10. What a awesome giveaway! And so glad this book was chosen as a GRA option. Can’t wait to see the discussion that flourishes.

  11. Looking forward to GRA this year! It will be my 4th year participating with my 8th graders, and I’m sure they will be as excited as I am when they view the new titles this year. Happy Reading all!

  12. I am super excited to be a part of the Global Read Aloud this year, and for the very first time. I have chosen “A Long Walk to Water” to read to my students. I appreciate all you are doing to make the GRA possible! Love the charity aspect as well. What a great addition to share with students in how we can serve others.

  13. One of my favorite books! I am always excited when one of my students chooses to read it … and many do every year.

  14. Thank you for sharing these signed copies! The book is amazing on its own, but the kids always get excited for those autographed copies! 🙂

  15. So excited to start the GRA with my students…..and, to be perfectly honest, I’m usually dragging my feet when I have to go back to school. And to be able to read the book AND participate in a fundraiser that directly correlates with the book is going to be a wonderful experience for my students.

  16. This is such a great opportunity! My school is in a very rural part of Virginia and I would love to expose students to topics like this.

  17. I can’t thank you enough for all you do to inspire teachers worldwide. I truly believe that books and readers will change the world…for the better!

  18. I was so excited to share the story behind the tale, A Long Walk to Water, with my students this GRA, but now to hear about this year’s cause makes it more meaningful for our students around the world. Thank you for making reading and global connectedness a joy for kids and adults!

  19. How wonderful that after reading A Long Walk to W schools and others can become involved in helping the people of South Sudan get clean water! I’m so excited to see how much money and awareness will be raised during GRA17. Thank you Pernille!

  20. Wow! What a great opportunity for students to be a part of this project! I am so excited to see this come together!

  21. I am so excited to participate in GRA for the first time this year! I’ve partnered with a teacher in Austin, TX, so our students can collaborate with each other. Can’t wait!

  22. So excited for GRA 2017! Thank you for creating such a meaningful partnership with a non-profit that connects so well to a GRA text as well as to our hearts! Would love to win a signed copy!

  23. Thank you for spearheading this project and finding a way to help others in need. I’m a newbie this year and can’t wait to participate. I’m sad it has taken me this long to jump on board, but excited for new opportunities to connect with students all around the world!

  24. So excited to read A Long Walk to Water this year, tie in the partnership, and then follow-up with the book Home of the Brave to continue the learning! My 5th graders will have a blast with these amazing opportunities! THank you!

  25. This is my first year using GRA in my classroom. I am so excited to try it, especially with “A Long Walk to Water”. I was so touched by the book and can’t wait to share it with my class.

  26. This was a fantastic read! I have been working my way through all the GRA t
    titles for this year so for this is my favourite!

  27. This is my first year using GRA at my school! I’m so excited to spread the love to my fellow teachers! What a generous offer for “A Long Walk to Water!”

  28. What an incredible book and great project to support! I can’t wait to read this to my students this year!

  29. Thank you Linda Sue Park. A great partnership. This is my first year with GRA and I am very excited to be involved.

  30. I am so excited to share this book with my students and link the themes to my grade 8 science curriculum on water sustainability and being stewards of the earth. I love the partnership with “Water for South Sudan” and the authenticity it offers!

  31. Love this amazing book! Last year after reading the book, 5 students in my class initiated a school wide change drive for Water for South Sudan. In 5 weeks, our school raised $2,565.00. They were even asked to present their project to the Rotary Club and rec’d donations from them also. Proud beyond words!

  32. What a neat way to give back, Linda Sue Park! My middle school is a global school and this book is such a great fit for the GRA. Using A Long Walk to Water with Salva’s story is such a huge global connection. I’ve been reading about The Lost Boys and Water for South Sudan. Love this book!

  33. I’m excited to share this book with another class! The story has certainly captured the interest of many previous students.

  34. A beautiful story – powerful, engaging, and inspiring. Linda’s interview with Salva always has my students enthralled that he is real. I would love a signed copy. Thank you for the opportunity.

  35. I am excited to be participating in the GRA this year with my Grade 5 class! I love when the authors are able to share their time and make connections with the students! I would love a signed copy of the book to share with my class.

  36. What an amazing opportunity for our students to be a part of this project. A Long Walk To Water is a powerful story, so glad it has been shared for others to be aware. I think it is great that we are able to partner with authors & other organizations. Thank you so much for doing this!

  37. I have read A Long Walk to Water to my 6th grade students for the last few years. We use it as a springboard for discussions about wants and needs, and as a kick-off to our own project. We collect shoes for Soles for Souls. In this way, students can help without spending any cash. My favorite part of the read aloud is the gasps I hear at the very end when the students realize that the two stories actually connect.

  38. I can’t wait to share this with my staff and fellow teachers. My daughter would also like to use this with her 6 and 7th grade students.

  39. Thank you for choosing meaningful partnerships for GRA. Our 6th grade students will engage with A Long Walk to Water during their science exploration of the necessity of water! The Wild Robot will also be explored for animals, biomes and artificial intelligence. Looking forward to the year!

  40. This is the first year I am reading A Long Walk For Water with my 5th graders. I look forward to reading this wonderful book with my students. I also look forward to finding out how my community can help out and help my students to become more global.

  41. Love this story! We have read it the past five years with our 5th graders as a read aloud, and plan to do it again this year! It’s the perfect story to open a collaborative discussion about the real-world issue of clean water. This emotional story is engaging, thought-provoking, and eye opening. Very excited it was chosen as a global read aloud book! 82 countries, that’s AMAZING!! #readtogether #GRA17

  42. Looking forward to participating the the GRA for the first time. Our social studies department plans on teaching Our Africa unit around it.

  43. I loved reading the book. I am excited to share it with my Developing ELs, doing a slow chat with other classes across the globe and connecting with a class in Texas to Skype. This is my first year and I am taking a major step outside my comfort zone. YAY!

  44. I am always in awe of this project. The book choices are thought provoking, global connections are fascinating, and providing students with the opportunity to take action by partnering with charities has been awesome. Thanks for all of your efforts!

  45. Wow, this is amazing Pernille! My niece shared this book with this summer, it is one of her favorites and now mine! We love being part of the GRA, it has made such an impact to my 3rd graders, as well as our whole school. Thank you for all that you do to bring us together.

  46. A Long Walk to Water is a wonderful story! It is so amazingly written with the two stories coming together at the end. My 4th grade students enjoyed it so much last year! I just found Global Read Aloud, and I’m eager to get started withy student’s.

  47. This is such an important cause as we seek to teach students about what it means to be a global citizen. Thank you.

  48. All 6th grade students at Union Middle School are participating in the GRA! A Long Walk to Water was part of a school-wide book club led by our 8th grade teachers–UMSReads–two years ago. We are BIG FANS!

  49. I am so excited to share A long Walk to Water with my class. Thank you for the conversations to come and the life changing attitude.

  50. This is my first GRA and what an amazing program along with an incredible book. The charity partnership is what I love the most! Thank you for all the work you put into this! I’m excited to participate this year!

  51. So excited to be participating in GRA for the 3rd year. I loved reading ALWTW and am looking forward to sharing with my students. Am hoping to inspire them to be more thoughtful about our resources and to make a difference in our world.

  52. I am excited for the selections this year. I can’t wait to get my students involved and passing the info along to the teachers at my site.

  53. It is a wonderful book. This is my first year doing GRA and will be reading ALWTW. Would love to win a signed copy of the book. Thanks GRA and Linda Sue Park!!

  54. This is my fifth year teacher, and it will be the fifth time I’ve read A Long Walk to Water to my students. We’ve loved reading it and learning how we can help Salva’s project. So excited to hear there will be SO MANY classrooms reading it this year!!

  55. I am new to global read aloud. After taking a course called great beginnings, I think this book will spark some very important and sensitive topics for my grade 5 students. I hope to bring inspiration and passion to my class this year through the global read alouds. I hope to be selected as a winner if this book dealing with such a great cause that I think my students should be aware of as global citizens.

  56. This is an exciting partnership and will educate our students to the problems of the world encouraging kindness. Thank you.

  57. I plan on reading A Long Walk to Water to my Social Studies students this year. It fits in well with our sixth grade curriculum.

  58. What a wonderful and meaningful partnership! Please enter me in the contest! I’m looking forward to Shari g this story with my class.

  59. Glad to see that this year’s partner connects so well with one of the books! This is my second year participating and our 5th grade class is also reading ALWTW this year! Such a good choice.

  60. Fantastic choice! I have read ALWTW for three years with my classes and it has consistently been a highly engaging and favorite book. I’m looking forward to using some of these new resources available as a result of it being chosen for the GRA.

  61. I am so excited to share this story with my 5th graders this year! Thank you, Pernille, for all of your work with GRA.

  62. Love,Love Love this book. I can’t wait to share it with my students and love the idea of working with this charity!

  63. I finally read A Long Walk to Water this summer. It was such a great book and I can’t wait to share it with others.

  64. So excited to take part in the GRA this year. Last year we did a sponsored walk for water in our school to raise money for Sudan. It’s so cool that you are partnering with this project this year.

  65. Amazing partnership! As soon as I saw that this is what was part of GRA this year, I read it over the summer. It was amazing and I can’t wait to read it with my kids this year!

  66. So excited for such a wonderful book to be a part of the global read aloud! Excited to serve with at great charity too!

  67. This is my 2nd year participating in the Global Read Aloud and I am so excited. I know my students will be too. Thanks for this opportunity.

  68. Wow! I’m new to GRA and cannot believe how absolutely amazing it is. Me and my students are so lucky to be a part of it. Thank you!

  69. I haven’t read the book yet and I am looking forward to do so. I am preparing to read The Wild Robot with my grade 3/4 this year. Last year, BFG and Fish in A Tree were absolutely successful in my Gr. 4 class.
    GRA is fantastic opportunity for the children!

  70. I am so excited to have my students participate in this. A second copy of the book would make it easier for another class to join in.

  71. I am so excited to see these authors take part in such an important event. I am even more thrilled that our project this year helps out Salva’s organization. I had already decided to have my students do something with his nonprofit. Now, they can do it along with other children. I am soooo happy to be taking part in this read aloud. Every year has been so meaningful and worthwhile.

  72. This is my first year bringing GRA into my 5th grade classroom. I’m so excited to connect with classrooms around the world. I can’t think of a better way to enter other classrooms than through reading a shared book.

  73. I read this important story last year and book talked with my students. Can’t wait to share it as a read aloud this year!

  74. This is a beautifully written book and a very important cause to support. A Long Walk to Water was shared by the students and parents in our Parent/Child book club. It was a powerful story and created the perfect opportunity for deep discussions about justice and equality in our book club and our homes!

  75. Powerful, eye-opening, touching. This is one of my all-time favorite books to share with students. They are immediately drawn to the characters and their conflicts. This book provides students with a new perspective on a world they have not experienced.

  76. I just bought my copy of A Long Walk to Water on Amazon. I have read it before, but have not read it aloud to my classes, yet. Can’t wait to share it with my 6th graders as I participate in the Global Read Aloud for the first time!

  77. Thank you for sharing info on this wonderful book. Each year I read it with my middle school students. Each year they ask what they can do to help Salva. Water for South Sudan is a terrific organization that has helped my students learn more about the world and give back. Excited to read it once again this fall.

  78. We are so excited to be a part of the Global Read Aloud for the first time! Thank you for organizing this adventure and for introducing us to such great books! Can’t wait for the GRA to start.

  79. I am very excited to join the GRA this year for the first time. I love the idea of not just sharing the story together, but also helping the world through service.

  80. I loved this story! Salva was perseverant, he never lost hope and this really paid off. Even if in some countries fresh water is a natural expensive resource, it isn´t at everyone´s disposal unfortunately. Our kids are used to open the tap and get water and I do believe they´re really unaware of what is going on around them. Following Salva´s model, let´s spread words of hope.

  81. This is an amazing partnership. Either way, it will fit into another project that is planned for my class – our Philanthropy Fair. We were looking for a charitable partnership for this year, this would be perfect.

  82. A quick note about the impact of this book on my own family already. Quick trip to the library to grab the GRA books with me seemed like a punishment for my youngest son. (He does not have a love affair with reading). Once home, I begged him to allow me to read A Long Walk to Water to him as he is close to the age of my future students. With only a few hundred bribes, he conceded. We read the first few chapters and he never wanted me to stop. We carried the book with us everywhere for the next 24 hours and stopped to grab a few pages anytime we stole a moment together. We finished it in less than a day and he was telling many about the story and the meaning it held for him. He was off to camp a few days later. Once home he announced that his camp councillor was in South Sudan as a missionary and could speak about the well and make real life connections for my son. Guess who has read multiple books since and keeps preaching about A Long Walk to Water. Thanks for selecting this title and thanks to Salva for sharing his story with Linda Sue Park!

  83. Love this book and love sharing it with my students every year. Great choice in making it part of the GRA. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  84. I am so thrilled that Water for South Sudan is our charity this year. Salva is an incredible man and he was happy to hear about GRA when I met him in June. Thank you Pernille for ALL you to do!

  85. I loved your book. I read it over this summer and although since I teach 2nd grade I won’t be able to use this book for my GRA experience I have sharef the title with many of my friends. Thank you for this beautiful story
    And supporting such a great cause.

  86. Would absolutely love to win. This is one of my favorite books and looking forward to participating in the GRA this school year with this amazing book. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  87. We are excited to share this book with our global partner classes this year! Thanks for choosing this book 🙂 We like to share God Grew Tired of Us to connect similar first-person experiences.

  88. Each year the GRA widens its outreach and deepens its impact on the world. How exciting that signed copies of the book are being offered to everyone. The video interview with Linda Sue Park and Salva Dut is a wonderful culmination to a study of the book as it shows students the power of Park’s and Dut’s
    relationship. It’s exciting to know that Linda Sue Park is donating copies of A Long Walk to Water and that we will will be donating to Water for Sudan. Thank you for providing these global opportunities for our students!

  89. Each year the GRA widens its outreach and deepens its impact on the world. How exciting that signed copies of the book are being offered to everyone. The video interview with Linda Sue Park and Salva Dut is a wonderful culmination to a study of the book as it shows students the power of Park’s and Dut’s relationship. It’s exciting to know that Linda Sue Park is donating copies of A Long Walk to Water and that we will will be donating to Water for Sudan. Thank you for providing these global opportunities for our students!

  90. This initiative is bringing us global connections and an awareness that although this world is big, we are all connected and share so much. Thank you for bringing such an inspiring project to the lives of so many!

  91. What a wonderful project idea! We participated in GRA gives back last year, and will be excited to do so again this year!

  92. I just finished A Long Walk to Remember after several recommendations from colleagues! I am so excited to read this to my 5th graders this year! What a great book to show how much impact one person can have on so many other people!

  93. Thanks for organizing a wonderful give back for the GRA again. I was planning on just contacting this organization on my own. Thanks to Linda Sue Park for the signed books also, however I never was able to sign-up to win a free copy.

  94. What an inspiring read this will be for my 5th graders. My hope is my students are inspired to make a positive contribution after reading this novel. Thinking maybe we can participate in a PBL while reading this book!

  95. I’m really excited to read A Long Walk to Water with my class this year. There are so many great tie-ins to our curriculum! Looking forward to collaborating with other classes both near and far. #OntarioGRA2017

  96. I would love to bring this book into my classroom and to see all of the different levels of learning that comes from this book for students and teachers alike.

  97. I love the GRA and look forward to it with my third graders every year. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. A Long Walk To Water is a fabulous book. Thank you for the opportunity! Excited for GRA17!

  98. What a powerful story to build empathy amongst our students. Ties in perfectly with our theme of What makes a good life! I am excited to share this with my students.

  99. I have read this book to my student for several years now. I get the same “edge of their seat” reactions at the beginning and the unbelievable realizations at the end. Always sparks kids to want to help contribute to Salva’s water projects.

  100. We are very excited about reading A Long Walk to Water 😊 Our goal for 2017 has been to read books with unfamiliar settings and character experiences and I am sure that we will be able to have great compare/contrast discussions about this text and the connections to ideas covered in the other books, such as Trash, that we have read this year. Can’t wait to get started! 😊

  101. We are very excited about reading A Long Walk to Water 😊 Our goal for 2017 has been to read books with unfamiliar settings and character experiences and I am sure that we will be able to have great compare/contrast discussions about this text and the connections to ideas covered in the other books, such as Trash, that we have read this year. Can’t wait to get started! 😊

  102. I have read the book twice just to make sure I know it well enough to share the GRA experience with my grade six students. I have never tried GRA with senior students so this will be a first – but what a fabulous story and fantastic learning experience to start with!

  103. I was planning to read this with my students this year so when I found out it was also part of the Global Read aloud I was even more excited:) Thanks for all your work in organizing!

  104. I am so excited to be a part of the GRA this year; I think it will be an awesome experience for both my 6th graders and myself!

  105. Our 4th graders will be starting a service club this year. We’re so excited to be reading a book that fits perfectly into the idea of “what we do locally effects others globally”. We’re looking forward to raising funds for a water well.

  106. This will be my second year participating in the Global Read Aloud. I am so excited about all the books chosen this year. I would love a copy of a A Long Walk to Water. Thank you.

  107. I’m looking forward to joining GRA with my students for the very first time. A story about a distant land which is far removed in every aspect from Australia will be wonderful to share with our privileged community.

  108. Would love a copy for our library here in Australia. We do have Sudanese refugees in our community but we are a very blessed land and people and bringing awareness to our community may just help us become the change we need in the world.

  109. I can’t wait to share this experience with my students. Linda Sue is so generous in spirit. My students would be so thrilled to have a signed copy. Thanks for this opportunity.

  110. We have the whole fourth grade team excited to read A Long Walk to Water. I can’t wait to read their posts! Thank you for a inspiring opportunity!

  111. This was an incredible book that I stunned my fifth graders last year when we explored it together. I’m currently reading the Wild Robot now, so it WILL be a tough choice! PS–August 19th is my birthday (just saying) 🙂

  112. This is such an amazing book! I read it last summer and am so excited to read it with my seventh graders duri g GRA.

  113. One of my school’s 7th grader teachers will be using the book for an all class read. I am looking forward to reading it myself

  114. What a fabulous initiative! I’m participating for the first time but I already know it won’t be the last. Bring on the reading and discussion!

  115. This is my second year participating with GRA and I am so excited to begin sharing this wonderful book with my students and making some new friends along the way. Thank you!

  116. My students and I loved A Long Walk to Water when we read it together this year. I was so excited to see it chosen for GRA this year. What an extraordinary partnership!

  117. What a fantastic book! Can’t wait to expose my students to something bigger than just what’s in their little community and help them see a bigger purpose in helping others!

  118. I am very excited to be part of GRA and looking forward to reading A Long Walk to Water! Thank you for this opportunity.

  119. What a great partnership GRA has chosen this year. Such a wonderful opportunity for students to be involved in the organization they are reading about. Well Done!! Looking forward to this year GRA experience.

  120. I read this book on my own last year and have been wondering how to incorporate it into my 8th grade English class ever since. It was truly a moving read, and I look forward to sharing it with my students this year.

  121. Our preschool classrooms are focusing on water for our project-based learning and Water for Sudan ties in perfectly! I’m even more excited to be a part of GRA!

  122. I’m thrilled to be part of GRA for the second year and excited about the focus on water. We worked with Ryan’s Well last year to raise money for wells near schools in other parts of Africa. With the crisis in Sudan, this is a perfect extension for our class and our school! I look forward to learning more with our students.

  123. My students love everything GLOBAL! Teaching in a rural, midwest town, reaching out to the world is astounding for them! We would love to win copy of A Long Walk to Water!!!

  124. I loved reading this book and am looking forward to reading it with my 5th grade students! What a perfect connection for the donation.

  125. Our school has read A LONG WALK TO WATER for the last 3 years. After reading we do our own “Walk for Water.” Students get sponsors to donate money. Students then walk about 2 miles while carrying an unopened gallon of water. The water is donated to a local group afterwards and the money is donated to Water for South Sudan. Our school has sponsored the drilling of 3 wells in South Sudan! I am happy to share info about our walk with anyone who is interested in doing one!

  126. My fifth graders and I read A Long Water to Water every year during our African Book Club unit! This opportunity to be a part of the Global Read Aloud is extremely exciting!!

  127. Love this book! Read an excerpt from it every year while teaching Notice & Note signposts. Sadly my last copy was borrowed and never returned. I plan on buying it again for the 4th time, but I’d love a signed copy too!

  128. What a perfect partnership between the book and Water for South Sudan. Great work all around and the reading hasn’t even begun!

  129. An amazing opportunity for students to become engaged in deep learning while helping to make a difference in the world.

  130. I just recently became aware of Global Read Aloud and it sounded very interesting. I have never read the book, “A Long Walk to Water,” and look forward to reading it aloud to my 5th grade students.

  131. GRA17 is on my list of things to participate in this year! I’d love an autographed copy of A Long Walk to Water!

  132. This book has been a life changer for our seventh graders! Offered them a global perspective on real issues and prompted our at risk alternative education students to run a fundraiser for water for South Sudan.

  133. Love #GRA and the water partnership. It is a very relevant topic for students to become aware of and to contribute. It has connections to be made to the lack of clean water on many of our indigenous communities in Manitoba.

  134. As both a language arts and social studies teacher, this book is an exceptional choice for this year’s 2017 GRA in my 7th grade classsroom. I cannot wait to start!

  135. Literally sitting here right now with a fellow teacher learning about how she uses this book in her third grade classroom to coincide with our social studies/science units and saw this email. Even more reason to use it in my room this year!

  136. Yay! Thanks to Global Read Aloud and Linda Sue Park! I am so excited by the opportunity to partner with Water for South Sudan. I was trying to figure out how to make that work in my classroom – and now it will be easy!

  137. I love that the authors take time and effort to support our students! This book is a great way of showing our young kids how an individual can make a difference, regardless of the challenges they faced.

  138. One of my favorite books! Read it with EBOB and as Read Aloud with my 4th graders last year and they absolutely loved it!

  139. I will be working with my class to also help the efforts for water in South Sudan. I can’t wait to share this book with them, A Long Walk to Water. Thank you Linda Sue Park!

  140. Wonderful, inspiring book matched with the perfect charity partnership. Our students will really learn about social justice from their participation in this project. Thank you for the opportunity.

  141. Looking forward to taking part in the Global Read Aloud for the first time! Can’t wait to read this book with my Grade 4’s. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  142. The Global Read Aloud is an amazing project for my students to take a part in each year. I am very pleased with choices this year! Thank you to Pernille for making this work and helping us connect. I can’t wait for my students to fall in love with the books this year. Thank you!

  143. What a great opportunity! Looking forward to being a part of the Global Read Aloud this year and watching my students fall in love with all things literacy 🙂

  144. What a gift to have Linda Sue Park involved and to be able to help support Water for South Sudan. I have a special place in my heart for Southern Sudan after working with several students who left for a safer life.

    Thanks for all you do for GRA, readers around the world, and for the beautiful books that serve to connect us all!

  145. This book kept me up reading until early in the morning! My students will be able to relate to the needs of both narrators. So glad this book was chosen

  146. Making rich connections through reading is an amazing opportunity for our students. Building relationships with others around the world through reading during the #GRA17 and with the environment- unbelievable! I wonder what Fenway would think? Thank you for this opportunity.

  147. This would be great to receive when we read this book to show that the author is connected to such a great program.

  148. This is a must read for young adolescents so that they can begin to stretch their peripheral vision and connect with the global community. Thanks for this opportunity!

  149. GRA is fantastic! I read BFG and Fish in A Tree last year to my Grade 4 students. It was so quiet in the room while reading…..
    We will read The Wild Robot this year. I am looking forward to read A Long Walk to Water. It would be nice to get a free copy. GRA motivates and inspires students and teachers. Thank you Pernille!

  150. Our school worked to support Water For South Sudan last year! Looking to continue the work of my 5th grade Plainfield predecessors by keeping this message a focus! So excited this book has been chosen fro GRA 2017!

  151. What a wonderful partnership! I can’t wait to share this book with my students. Our school participated in a clean water fundraising project last year, so this will really speak to them!

  152. I have read this book as a read aloud for my middle schoolers and they really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to do it for GRA.

  153. So wonderful to be able to give back. A great book and what a delight to own a signed copy. Super excited for the Global Read Aloud to begin!

  154. I am excited about participating in my first Global Read Aloud. I look forward to sharing this book with my 5th graders this year!

  155. I love the story and cannot wait for my students to be able to connect to a refugee story so they can humanize this concept. Thank you GRA & Linda Sue Park!

  156. I can’t wait to read this book with my 5th graders! This book will pair perfectly with our new SS standards!

  157. So excited to hear GRA is partnering with Water for South Sudan. What an amazing way to help this read-aloud come alive for our kids!

  158. My class are slightly younger than the recommended age group for this book, but I loved it so much, and the message it shares, that I thought I would make it our GRA choice for 2017. New Zealand is lucky enough to have plenty of water. No one here can fully appreciate the life the two children in this story have. I can’t wait to share it.

  159. I love that you’ve paired GRA with Water for South Sudan! I haven’t read this book yet, but I’m heading to the library today to pick up a copy. Thanks for all that you do!

  160. Such an amazing opportunity for students to connect globally! We are excited to participate again this year and I can’t wait to see how this book will inspire our students to take action. (@MmeHartman)

  161. So inspired by this book. Our 6th gtade Legacy Team at my school is focused on the theme of creating our collective and individual legacies. Our big question – “How can we make a positive impact on our world?” GRA is a perfect fit!

  162. I am so excited to read this book to my students. The GRA is one of my favorite Global Projects. I can’t wait to get started and connect with others out there!

  163. What a great partner! And SO generous of Linda to contribute! I hope more people like Salva exist. Perseverant and hopeful…

  164. I recently completed International field experience in Senegal, Africa. Ever since I returned back to United States I have wanted to read this book!!! Thank you so much for the opportunity!!!

  165. I am really excited to be participating in GRA for the first time this year, and look forward to sharing this book with my class.

  166. My daughter just returned from a mission trip to Africa, I would love to read this to the children in my classroom so they could have some understanding of Africa!

  167. Most of the displaced children that flee are boys, hence the name “Lost Boys” of Sudan.JUST ADD WATER, is Salva’s story for grades 3-6, written by Robin Hill and Charles Hall, illustrated by Sherry Stasse Wright, published by Water for South Sudan. This is an organization Salva Dut heads.

  168. What a beautiful piece of literature and I cannot wait to shar it with my students along with the information about the Water For South Sudan project. GRA is an incredible opportunity to connect students across the globe. This will be my 3rd year and I get more teachers involved every year…so excited.

  169. How exciting! I am new to the GRA and am loving the partnership for this year. It’s also great to have a chance to win one of these books!

  170. What a great way to expose students to global issues. Would love to have this reader be part of the curriculum to raise awareness of these issues.

  171. This is an incredible story! Linda Sue Park tells Salva’s story with precision and the right amount of emotion to share as a read-aloud.

  172. I have heard so many wonderful things about this book! I would love the chance to read it and share the story!

  173. I am looking forward to connecting with classrooms across the world. The partnership with Water for Sudan sounds great. I am sure my students and I will enjoy the book.

  174. I am so excited to share this book with my students. It will be an eye opening experience for students in China. Thanks for all you do, Pernille!

  175. I am looking forward to joining the GRA this year with my 6th grade ELLs. I read this book this summer. What an inspiring story. I know the students will want to participate in this worthy cause.

  176. What an amazing opportunity and offer! Last year, my 7th and 8th grade students LOVED Orbiting Jupiter, I know that ALWTW will be just as big of a hit! Thanks for all your hard work Pernille!

  177. This will be my first time participating in GRA. I have another staff member joining in too! I can’t wait to see the connections between the books, the students and others around the world as we join in this adventure together!

  178. Love this book, and thanks for the chance for an autographed copy. 7th grade classes at one of our middle schools will be reading this, hoping they will also participate in GRA and the charity project.

  179. This is my first time participating in the GRA. I am so excited to share this book with my students during the GRA in October!

  180. Hello Everyone! So, So, So excited to be a part of #GRA2017. It is my first time. Thanks for including me. Looking forward to a lot of fantastic reading all together.

  181. Looking forward to reading A Long Walk to Water, again, with my seventh graders..each year it becomes one of our favorite novels read and discussed as a group…first time participating in the GRA….

  182. Our school does a lot during world water week to teach students about the world’s water crisis. I’m so excited to give my students an additional opportunity to learn more about the world outside their backyard!

  183. A Long Walk to Water is one of the most influential books I have used in my classroom. I cannot wait to use it again this year!

  184. Looking forward to reading A Long Walk to Water with our class this year. Thank you for all of your organization!
    Kelsey Lowndes

  185. I have not read the book yet, but can’t wait to do so! I have enjoyed participating in the Global Read Aloud the past 2 years.

  186. When a book like A Long Walk to Water can change a reader’s view of the world, it is the best reading experience to share with students. Can’t wait to reread it with my kids this year.

  187. I just finished reading A Long Walk to Water and was moved by Salva’s journey as well as the full circle of events that led to the end of the book. It makes me appreciate the hardships other people face around the world. I cannot wait to read this with my class and witness their reactions.

  188. I just finished reading A Long Walk to Water and I can’t wait to share it with my 6th graders this year. What a harrowing and beautiful story! There are so many layers to this book and I am really looking forward to journeying into it with my class.

  189. This is such a great way to connect with students from other schools around the world as well as learn about a social justice issue. It is so important that our students make those connections in this ever changing world. I think the book a long walk to water would be an amazing addition to our school library.

  190. I’ve read excerpts with my students before, but I’m looking forward to reading the whole book with them during GRA17!

  191. Linda Sue Park writing is phenomenal, poignant and provides all reads a chance to understand humility, helping others that don’t have the basics and historical awareness! I would be honored to share a signed copy of Linda’s books in my classrooms. As a talented and gifted teacher this year, my hope is to provide more opportunities for my population to be involved in more service learning. Partnering with a nonprofit organization while reading this powerful book will be our launching point. I am over the moon this year with the book choice!

  192. Excited to learn about Global Read Aloud. This will be my first experience. Linda Sue Park’s amazing Long Walk to Water is a perfect choice for sharing with my students!

    • I’m really excited to introduce students at our school to GRA! Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to connect globally!

  193. Greetings from NEW JERSEY, USA!
    My 8th graders will be participating in the GRA – our first!
    I am so excited to share this wonderful memoir and make real world connections through a class I have just taken on developing Authentic Learning Units.
    Lisa Trent

  194. I love this book. If you haven’t had a chance, check out Linda Sue Park’s Ted Talk, which is so inspirational. I love the GRA. You rock, Pernille.

  195. Our West Michigan community was active in the resettlement of hundreds of lost boys. I look forward to sharing a “drop” of their story with my students, a generation unfamiliar with their struggle.

  196. I love teaching A Long Walk to Water! My students have loved it every year also. I’m so excited to teach it in a new way this year with the GRA.

  197. I’ve heard of the book, but have never read it! Super excited to participate for the third time in the global read aloud 🙂

  198. I am so excited about this book and this project. My colleague and I have already started to develop our plans on how we are going to use this book in our teaching.

  199. This is my first year in the Global Read Aloud and my first time using Twitter in in the Classroom. I’d be thrilled to win a signed copy of A Long Walk to Water as I just bought the book with a plan to read it with my students this year. Thank you for the offer.

  200. This is my first year participating in GRA and I am thrilled by its reach! With all that is going on in our world wrong it feels amazing to be a part of something so right.

  201. I am beyond excited to learn that A Long Walk to Water is the global read aloud. The first time I read this book I was transformed and have shared it with everyone I know since then. I use it every semester in my undergraduate literacy education courses to expose more educators to the book to encourage them to think about ways they can use this book in their own classes to ultimately lead to service learning and a better world. Thank you Linda Sue Park and Pernille Ripp.

  202. I am excited that participate in the Global Read Alound. It is wonderful to see author participation as well! Thank you so much for helping out and keeping students interested.

  203. I’m delighted to have learned about this great opportunity to help students expand their knowledge and understanding of the world around us. This will be a new beginning in my classroom!

  204. This novel touched my heart! Happy tears streamed down my face as I finished the book. Truly an incredible read!

  205. I’m in a new job in a new school and very excited to introduce the global read aloud A long walk to water to my new school. Thank you for the opportunity.

  206. I would love to introduce the importance of water, and the need for it not only in parts of Africa and East Asia but also in Northern communities in Canada.

  207. I would love to introduce the importance of water, and the need for it not only in parts of Africa and East Asia but also in Northern communities in Canada through this amazing book.

  208. Absolutely Love this Book! From this book we have worked with students to come up with their own campaigns for Take Action Projects!

  209. So very excited to read this book with my grade five class. Looking forward to the deep discussions that will ensue.

  210. So very excited to read this book with my grade five class. Looking forward to the deep discussions that will ensue.

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