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.