Global Read Aloud Information 2020 #GRA20

Time is ticking and the kick off to the 2020 Global Read Aloud is nearing.  I hope this collection of information is helpful!

For a comprehensive FAQ post, go here

The dates are October 5th – November 13th, 2020 –   you can fall behind, just don’t read ahead.


Juana Martinez-Neal - The Author Village

This year’s chosen creator is Juana Martinez-Neal!

Juana Martinez-Neal is the recipient of the 2019 Caldecott Honor for Alma and How She Got Her Name, her debut picture book as author-illustrator, which was simultaneously released in Spanish as Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre. She was also awarded the 2018 Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration for La Princesa and the Pea, written by Susan Middleton Elya.

Juana is the illustrator of La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for los Niños, Babymoon, Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, and Swashby and the Sea. She was named to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honor list in 2014, and was awarded the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize in 2012.

Juana was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She is the daughter and granddaughter of artists. She now lives in Arizona, with her husband, three children and two dogs.

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Week 6:

Your Choice


Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by [Mian, Zanib]

Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian and illustrated by Nasaya Mafardik!

Welcome to the imaginative brain of Omar!

Omar and his family have just moved, and he is NOT excited about starting at a new school. What if the work is too hard or the kids are mean or the teacher is a zombie alien?!

But when Omar makes a new best friend, things start looking up. That is, until a Big Mean Bully named Daniel makes every day a nightmare! Daniel even tells Omar that all Muslims are going to be kicked out of the country . . . Could that possibly be true?

Luckily, Omar’s enormous imagination and goofy family help him get through life’s ups and downs.

Reading breakdown for Omar:

Week 1:  Beginning – Chapter 4

Week 2:  Chapter 5 – Chapter 8

Week 3:  Chapter 9 – Chapter 12

Week 4: Chapter 13 – Chapter 16

Week 5: Chapter 17 – Chapter 20

Week 6: Chapter 21 – End



Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis and Traci Sorell!

Educator’s Guide can be found here

Resources will be shared in order to navigate the use of the “N” word in the book.

Reading breakdown for Indian No More:

Week 1:  Chapter 1 -5

Week 2:  Chapter 6 – 11

Week 3:  Chapter 12 – 15

Week 4: Chapter 16 – 19

Week 5: Chapter 20 – 23

Week 6: Chapter 24 – 26


Prairie Lotus by [Park, Linda Sue]

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park!

Educator Guide can be found here

Resources will be shared in order to discuss Indigenous portrayal in the book as well as educate further.

Reading breakdown for Prairie Lotus:

Week 1:  Beginning – Chapter 5

Week 2:  Chapter 6 – Chapter 8

Week 3:  Chapter 9 – Chapter 13

Week 4: Chapter 14 – Chapter 18

Week 5: Chapter 19 – Chapter 23

Week 6: Chapter 24 – End


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi!

Educator Guide created by Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul can be found here

Reading breakdown for Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You:

Week 1:  Introduction – Section 1

Week 2:  Section 2

Week 3:  Section 3

Week 4: Section 4

Week 5: Section 5 until page 218

Week 6: Page 219 – end

To order your books:

Please consider ordering the books from– an independent bookstore that partners with local independent bookstores to sell books. You can see the winner list here and support The Global Read Aloud at the same time.

If you need to order through Amazon, please order it through this affiliate link, the cents earned from it goes to purchasing and shipping books to those who cannot get them.

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 – #GRAJuana

Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet– #GRAOmar

Indian No More – #GRAIndian

Prairie Lotus – #GRAPrairie

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You – #GRAStamped

Global Read Aloud Merchandise:

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

Resource Sharing – add your ideas

Please remember and respect that the Global Read Aloud is trademarked and is established in the spirit of free collaboration.  Please do not create resources to sell for the project – it goes completely against the nature of the work and will result in you being barred from the project.

Do please share resources on this spreadsheet, make sure to not delete anything off it.  Also, please do not change the sharing settings on it.

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

Author Websites:

Juana Martinez-Neal

Zanib Mian

Nasaya Mafaridik

Charlene Willing McManis

Traci Sorell

Linda Sue Park

Jason Reynolds

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi


PS:  If you still need to sign up, please go here.


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