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…
Week 1: My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith and Julie Flett
Don’t let the format (board book) fool you, this book will elicit meaningful discussion for all ages.
Week 2: Wild Berries by Julie Flett
Week 3: You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel
Week 4: A Day with Yayah by Nicola I. Campbell and Julie Flett
Week 5: When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson and Julie Flett
Week 6: Your choice!
Early Reader Choice
Upper Elementary/Middle-grade Choice
Middle School/Junior High Choice
Young Adult Choice
Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
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.
33 thoughts on “And the Winners Are…Global Read Aloud Choices 2018 #GRA18”
LOVE ALL of these choices! I am going to use the PB choices for #classroombookaday. When We Were Alone is really good. Love, love, love the middle grades pick.
Awesome! Great choices!
What an amazing platform you have continued to build! I am so excited to see Amal Unbound on the upper elementary list! I have pre-ordered it and can’t wait to bring it into the classroom! Congratulations on another selection process! Happy reading, everyone!
Very timely choices. Love all of the picks for this year.
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I am excited to read these books that are new to me. Thank you for all the time you put into facilitating the book choice. 🙂
Oh my goodness!! What amazing choices!! Now to choose for 6th grade! Can’t go wrong with Amal or Refugee!! Thanks for doing the hard work.
Ammal Unbound seems amazing choice!!!
Love these choices!!! And if anyone wants a head start, A Boy Called Bat is $4 in this month’s Scholastic Book Club order!
Oh oh oh! Wow, what amazing choices!
This is my first year participating and am so looking forward to it. The books chosen are ones that I have not read yet.
Is there a place where we can order all the books at once/
I’m participating in GRA for the first time and teach Grade 8. Which book should I teach? I was thinking Refugee, but I know I’ll have some Syrian refugee students in my class… is Amal Unbound too “young” for Grade 8? Until I can get my hands on the books, I’d appreciate some tips, thanks!
I don’t think it is, I love Amal and think it can open up conversations at many age levels. You could also have the students choose
When are you posting the schedule for the upper elementary??
It was posted already under information for 2018
I am excited to try it out this year. How do I know if my registration went through? Where do I find information to connect to others?
Thanks in advance. Although I teach grade 5, I have chosen to red Refugee
Hi There! I teach 2nd grade in Pennsylvania and I am going to read “My Heart Fills With Happiness”. Anyone want to connect?