Information for 2018 Global Read Aloud #GRA18

Time is ticking and the kick off to the 2018 Global Read Aloud is nearing.  I hope this collection of information is helpful!

For a comprehensive FAQ post, go here

The dates are October 1st – November 9th, 2018 – you can fall behind, just don’t read ahead.

The books selected are:


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!





Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

The weekly schedule is:

A Boy Called Bat:
Week 1:  Chapters 1 – 4

Week 2:  Chapters 5 -8

Week 3:  Chapters 9 – 12

Week 4:  Chapters 13 – 16

Week 5:  Chapters 17 – 21

Week 6:  Chapters 22 – End


Amal Unbound:

Week 1: Chapters 1 – 8

Week 2: Chapters 9 – 16

Week 3: Chapters 17 – 24

Week 4: Chapters 25 – 32

Week 5: Chapters 33 – 40

Week 6: Chapters 41 – End



Week 1:  Pages 1 – 55

Week 2:  Pages 56 – 92

Week 3:  Pages 93 – 146

Week 4: Pages 147 – 196

Week 5:  Pages 197 – 252

Week 6:  253 – End


Love, Hate, and Other Filters

Week 1:  Chapters 1 – 4

Week 2:  Chapters 5 – 8

Week 3:  Chapters 9 – 12

Week 4: Chapters 13 – 16

Week 5: Chapters 17 – 20

Week 6: Chapters 21 – End

Facebook groups to connect with other educators:

Main GRA Facebook group

Picture Book Study Group

Early Reader Book Group

Upper Elementary/ Middle-Grade Book Group

Middle School Book Group

YA Book Group

Twitter hashtags for the year:

Picture book author study – #GRAJFMGS

A Boy Called Bat – #GRABat18

Amal Unbound – #GRAAmal

Refugee – #GRARefugee

Love, Hate, and Other Filters – #GRALove

Global Read Aloud Merchandise:

T-shirts and other merchandise supporting the project can be found here

Resource Sharing – add your ideas

To see the spreadsheet and add your own free resources, go here

Author Websites:

Julie Flett –

Monique Gray Smith –

Elana K. Arnold –

Aisha Saeed –

Alan Gratz –

Samira Ahmed –


6 thoughts on “Information for 2018 Global Read Aloud #GRA18

  1. Michelle Mangan says:

    What should we do about the Week 4 picture book, A Day with Yayah, being out of stock? I ordered 10 copies on September 12th through Amazon, but there is still no estimate of when it will be back in stock.

  2. Cynthia Proffitt says:

    I just want to thank you for the wonderful book Refugee. My fifth-grade students are still talking about the book, and they connect it to every piece of literature we read. It will leave a lasting impact on every student in my class.
    Cindi Proffitt

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