Goodbye 2019, Global Read Aloud #GRA19

Today marks the official last day of the 2019 Global Read Aloud. Now don’t worry, if you are still reading the books aloud like I am, you still can, but today, many will have finished the books and the world will continue spinning.

I hope this year was worth it to you.  I hope you saw the connections made.  I hope you had moments in your read alouds and discussions that you feel will reverberate for years to come.  The books, the glorious books, brought us all together, and for that, I am so grateful.

The connections don’t have to stop here.  Continue to use our Facebook group to share ideas, to reach out, to use one another in order to keep the global learning alive.

Continue to support the authors, please leave a review for the book on Amazon or Goodreads or wherever you leave reviews.  Reviews are a free way for us to say thank you that boosts the visibility of the books.  Vote for the books in end-of-year reading polls.  Say thank you to the authors and illustrators.

Consider showing your Global Read Aloud pride by buying a shirt or displaying a sticker.  The proceeds go to buying more books and running the behind the scenes of this project.

And then consider doing it all over again.  Sign up for the 2020 Global Read Aloud opened this morning.  Spread the word, bring your colleagues, make it work for you.

Please give me your suggestions for next year’s books, I will be furiously reading as much as I can in the coming months until we open it up for voting again in spring.

And finally, just know that I am so in awe of this project and the many people who come together to make it what it is.  So THANK YOU for the love, the ideas, the care that you had with this little idea of mine.

For now, I read.

With love and gratitude,



8 thoughts on “Goodbye 2019, Global Read Aloud #GRA19

  1. Katherine says:

    Thank you. We are still enjoying Front Desk. It is not a book I would have chosen or even known about. Thank you for that. I likely would have been afraid to read such a book with my grade 4/5s. GRA gave me permission to do so and in doing so we are tackling some important topics. They tie in beautifully with work we are doing around identity and self through a number of picture books following a guide called Powerful Understanding by Adrienne Gear. She’s a BC educator and author. The connections are perfect. So again thank you. I’ll be looking at the GRA list from past years for more read aloud ideas.

  2. Mrs. David says:

    Thank you for your dedication to this amazing yearly event. I appreciate all of the hard work that goes into creating, organizing, and running this world experience. Each year I eagerly await the announcement of new books. Even if a choice will not work for my group of students, I often use a different grade level or return to a previous year’s book. I always enjoy your selections, but each year’s vary on emotional maturity. Thank you again for your good work!

  3. taarinigoyal says:

    Thank you so much! GRA has been even more wonderful than I thought! I was worried that my 6th graders might lose interest towards the end of the project (they’re not very fond of reading), but they have ALL been extremely interested throughout! You are doing such wonderful work with the GRA!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for bringing GRA to all of us. I debriefed students and of 140 asked only 2 said we shouldn’t do it again next year. That’s a huge win in my world. It was my first year, and I wasn’t as effective as I could have been, but I’m excited to participate again in 2020.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you for all the work you put into the global read aloud. I enjoyed being a part of it for the first time this year. You have encouraged me as a teacher to introduce and talk about issues within a class that I otherwise would have not had created an opportunity to safely talk about these topics.

  5. Brenda says:

    My class loved Front Desk and are excited for her new book. I love this project and have actually connected with a teacher in. Another state year after year. Not only is this a vehicle for sharing books, but also teaching ideas, tech info, distance learning, etc. thank you so much. On a side note I filled in the form above but didn’t find a submit button??
    Get some rest!

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