After incredible reading moments, thousands of people voting, countless hours spent thinking, and much discussion had, the moment is finally here….the reveal of the books we will read aloud and connect through.
The choices of these books were not done haphazardly.
Picking our books for the Global Read Aloud is never easy, in fact, I think it gets harder every year since we try to match the incredible experience from the year before. Every year so far, we have been able to do so, and I hope this year is no different.
With an emphasis on perspective, on understanding others, on connecting and change, I feel that all of the books and picture book authors chosen will help us see the world in a new light. Will help us make connections. Will help us build community both within our own classrooms, but also with all the thousands of classrooms that will participate. As usual, I hope you like them, I hope you read them, and I hope you read all of the amazing contenders as well. Deep breath here.
Picture Book Author/Illustrator Choice
Julie Flett and Monique Gray Smith
For too long there has been too little focus on the voices and art forms of indigenous writers. This is the year to change that. The books that these two incredible writers create are sure to become heart books, books that stay with us long after the project is over. All of the books here will lead us to be something more…
Don’t let the format (board book) fool you, this book will elicit meaningful discussion for all ages.
Week 6: Your choice!
Early Reader Choice
Upper Elementary/Middle-grade Choice
Middle School/Junior High Choice
Young Adult Choice
Once again the YA category had incredible books to read aloud, all with their own powerful message and yet Samira Ahmed’s debut kept coming up in my mind as a book that can be connected with no matter where you live, and that is important for a Global Read Aloud. With its story about fitting in, finding yourself, and also being vilified, I know that this book will create amazing dialogue in our communities.
So there you have it. 6 authors, 4 books, and a lot of connections to be made. I hope you are as excited for the project to kick off October 2nd as I am.