Global Read Aloud Choices 2022 #GRA22

There is never anything easy about picking the books and authors for the Global Read Aloud. How can there be when there are so many incredible books to choose from? So many different experiences waiting to be discovered?

I lose sleep. I try different configurations. I talk about it incessantly with my husband. I reach out to trusted friends to hear opinions. And yet, ultimately, it comes down to a gut feeling of what feels right for the moment we are in, for the way conversations are shaped around the globe. We are still in a pandemic, we are still navigating the continued heaviness and horror, and yet, in the middle of it all are stories of courage, of survival, of finding out how to navigate everything, and becoming your own hero.

And so I chose books that not only will hopefully allow for broader global conversations but also to personal realizations of strength, of can-do, of overcoming in a way that is unique to our experience.

So if you like the choices for this year, join me as we kick off the Global Read Aloud October 3rd. If you don’t like the choices, don’t join, it’s as easy as that, but I for one am already thinking about how this year’s choice for middle school will shape the learning experiences we will have in my own classroom.

There is no sign up to join, just either pay attention here for more information, or join the Facebook community:

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

Kick-off this year is October 3rd and we run until November 11th. You don’t have to follow the schedule, but please don’t read ahead and spoil the book(s) for others.

Global Read Aloud 2022 choices!

Picture Book Creator Choice:

Christian Robinson

This year’s chosen creator is Christian Robinson!

Christian Robinson is an illustrator, author, animator, and designer based in Oakland, California. He was born in Los Angeles and grew up in a small one-bedroom apartment with his brother, two cousins, aunt, and grandmother. Drawing became a way to make space for himself and to create the kind of world he wanted to see. He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts and would later work with the Sesame Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios before becoming an illustrator of books for children. The Christian Robinson for Target collection, released in August 2021, includes more than 70 items across home and apparel for kids and baby. His books include the #1 New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and the Newbery Medal, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Bench, written by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex. His solo projects include Another, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2019, and the New York Times bestseller You Matter. His latest collaboration with Matt de la Peña, Milo Imagines The World, received six starred reviews and was a #1 Indie Bestseller and a New York Times bestseller. He looks forward to one day seeing the aurora borealis.

Week 1 Book:

Week 2 Book:

Week 3 Book:

Week 4 Book:

Week 5 Book:

Week 6 Book: Free choice out of Christian’s many amazing collaborations.

Early Reader Choice:

Stuntboy, in the Meantime written by Jason Reynolds and illustrated by Raul the Third

Portico Reeves’s superpower is making sure all the other superheroes–like his parents and two best friends–stay super. And safe. Super safe. And he does this all in secret. No one in his civilian life knows he’s actually…Stuntboy!But his regular Portico identity is pretty cool, too. He lives in the biggest house on the block, maybe in the whole city, which basically makes it a castle. His mom calls where they live an apartment building. But a building with fifty doors just in the hallways is definitely a castle. And behind those fifty doors live a bunch of different people who Stuntboy saves all the time. In fact, he’s the only reason the cat, New Name Every Day, has nine lives.All this is swell except for Portico’s other secret, his not-so-super secret. His parents are fighting all the time. They’re trying to hide it by repeatedly telling Portico to go check on a neighbor “in the meantime.” But Portico knows “meantime” means his parents are heading into the Mean Time which means they’re about to get into it, and well, Portico’s superhero responsibility is to save them, too–as soon as he figures out how.Only, all these secrets give Portico the worry wiggles, the frets, which his mom calls anxiety. Plus, like all superheroes, Portico has an arch-nemesis who is determined to prove that there is nothing super about Portico at all.

Week 1: Pages 1 – 45

Week 2: Pages 46- 89

Week 3: Pages 90 – 145

Week 4: Pages 146 – 197

Week 5: Pages 198 – 232

Week 6: Pages 233 – end

Hashtag: #GRAStuntboy

Middle Grade Choice:

Thirst by Varsha Bajaj

While this incredible book is not out in the world until July 19th, I promise it will be a wonderful read aloud.

Minni lives in the poorest part of Mumbai, where access to water is limited to a few hours a day and the communal taps have long lines. Lately, though, even that access is threatened by severe water shortages and thieves who are stealing this precious commodity–an act that Minni accidentally witnesses one night. Meanwhile, in the high-rise building where she just started to work, she discovers that water streams out of every faucet and there’s even a rooftop swimming pool. What Minni also discovers there is one of the water mafia bosses. Now she must decide whether to expose him and risk her job and maybe her life. How did something as simple as access to water get so complicated?

Reading Schedule

Week 1: Chapters 1 – 7

Week 2: Chapters 8 – 16

Week 3: Chapters 17 – 22

Week 4: Chapters 23 – 31

Week 5: Chapters 32 – 37

Week 6: Chapters 38 – end

Hashtag: #GRAThirst

Middle School Choice:

Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame by Supriya Kelkar

India, 1857

Meera’s future has been planned for her for as long as she can remember. As a child, her parents married her to a boy from a neighboring village whom she barely knows. Later, on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, she prepares to leave her family to live with her husband’s–just as her strict religion dictates. But that night, Indian soldiers mutiny against their British commanders and destroy the British ammunition depot, burning down parts of Delhi. Riots follow, and Meera’s husband is killed. Upon hearing the news, Meera’s father insists that she follow the dictates of their fringe religious sect: She must end her life by throwing herself on her husband’s funeral pyre.

Risking everything, Meera runs away, escaping into the chaos of the rebellion. But her newfound freedom is short-lived, as she is forced to become a servant in the house of a high-ranking British East India Company captain. Slowly through her work, she gains confidence, new friends, new skills–and sometimes her life even feels peaceful. But one day, Meera stumbles upon the captain’s secret stock of ammunition, destined to be used by the British to continue colonizing India and control its citizens.

Will Meera do her part to take down the British colonists and alert the rebellion of the stockpile? Or will she stay safe and let others make decisions for her? It really comes down to this: how much fire must a girl face to finally write her own destiny?

Reading Schedule

Week 1: Chapters 1 – 5

Week 2: Chapters 6- 10

Week 3: Chapters 11 – 15

Week 4: Chapters 16 – 22

Week 5: Chapters 23 – 31

Week 6: Chapters 32 – end

Hashtag: #GRAFire

Young Adult Choice:

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity-and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki-near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be-not even Deka herself.

Reading Schedule

Week 1: Chapters 1 – 5

Week 2: Chapters 6 – 11

Week 3: Chapters 12 – 18

Week 4: Chapters 19 – 24

Week 5: Chapters 25 – 28

Week 6: Chapters 29 – end

Hashtag: #GRAGilded

TWITTER HASHTAGS FOR THE YEAR:

Picture book author study – #GRACHRISTIAN

Stuntboy, in the Meantime – #GRAStuntboy

Thirst – #GRAThirst

Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame – #GRAFire

The Gilded Ones – #GRAGilded

GLOBAL READ ALOUD MERCHANDISE:

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

To get your free sticker, see this post

TO ORDER YOUR BOOKS:

There you have it; another amazing year of connecting awaits.  Read the books, share the books, and get ready for another opportunity to make the world smaller.

Please consider ordering the books from Bookshop.org– 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.

For Resources and Any Questions

To find answers to the most frequently asked questions, go here – you will find ideas for how to do the project, as well as how you can share your reading.

To find shared resources and share your own, go here – you will find author resources and also created resources from others.

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Join Me in Our Patreon Community and Support the Global Read Aloud! #GRA22

For the past 12 years, I have shared everything I could think of on this blog, on social media, and working with other educators. Every lesson shared, every question answered, every request sent to me has connected me to so many of you; I have been so grateful for your support of me, the Global Read Aloud, and the work I do.

For 12 years, I have worked tirelessly to help create change in education, to try to lighten the load as much as possible, and to continue this important work. And while that work will continue it is time for it to eveolve a little bit to give you an opportunity for more direct interaction so today I have also launched my Patreon page.

What will this community entail?
It will give us a way to collaborate in a new way, where you don’t have to wait for your district or school to hire me or be able to attend an event, but instead allow you to reach out, get support, and work together in accessible ways. It also will allow me to continue the work of the Global Read Aloud in a sustainable way. In fact, one of the tiers is meant as a way to just support the GRA!

Being a member will offer you access to virtual sessions, curated monthly booklists, specific breakdown of lessons and units, access to some of my presentations, as well as personal brainstorming sessions with me if you so choose. There will also be exclusive content, early access to new resources, monthly Q&As, as well as other opportunities for connections. You can even snag me for an hour-long brainstorming session for you or a small group of people!

With this access, you will get a chance to really tailor our opportunity to work together. You can have specific support from month to month, help co-create units and get the support to create change in your unique situation.

I am excited to have an opportunity to interact more organically and also be available to you for any specific questions and needs you may have.

If you find value in my work, the Global Read Aloud, or have benefitted from it in, then I welcome you to be a part of the community on Patreon where the learning, discussion, and collaboration will continue. If you can’t, don’t worry, this page will still exist with occasional updates and 12 years of materials.evolve

6 Tiers of Support to Choose From
There are 6 different levels for you to choose from, they all offer unique experiences and ways to support this work. All monthly work will kick off March 1st but there are already resources there to explore and help you.

To become a patron, go here.

I have already published the first post and access to my curriculum map, with more content to come. I am excited for what this community will allow us to do and how we can grow together, so welcome!
Thank you for your continued support.
Best,
Pernille

In Conversation With Our Authors #GRA21 #GRADuncan #GRADragons #GRABarren

It is hard to believe that we are in the official final week of the Global Read Aloud. I hope it has been everything you had hoped it would be. If you are not in the final week, no worries, make it work for you!

I was so very grateful for all of the questions that were submitted to three of our authors Duncan Tonaituh, Zetta Elliott, and David A. Robertson. They gave me a perfect opportunity to sink into their work even more and will hopefully be illuminating for all of you who listen. Each of the links below will take you to the 30-minute video I recorded of our conversation. It was spectacular to sit in the same space as these incredible creators and hear them go even deeper into their lives as authors and the books we love so much.

INTERVIEW: Indigenous author David A. Robertson - Owl Connected
Duncan Tonatiuh- Images And Stories, Imágenes e Historias

Let me know what you think!

Ask Zetta Elliott Your Questions #GRA21 #GRADragons

Bio | Zetta Elliott

With the fourth week of the Global Read Aloud 2021 underway, I am so excited to reveal that I will be in conversation with my author extraordinaire, Zetta Elliott, author of this year’s GRA choice for younger readers, Dragons in a Bag. This pre-recorded event will be available to view after October 27th and will be a chance to get your questions answered directly by this incredible author and human being.

So I need your help, what would you like me to ask Zetta? Have your students or classrooms submit their questions to potentially be asked and tune in when the recording is released.

You can submit as many questions as you would like! Just fill in this form between now and November 1st.

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS HERE

Happy reading!

Pernille

Enter to Win a Collection of Books from Duncan Tonatiuh! #GRA21 #GRADuncan

As I get ready for my recorded conversation with Duncan Tonatiuh, I am so excited to reveal that his publisher has graciously offered up a collection of his books to be given away to a lucky classroom winner!

Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh, Hardcover | Barnes &  Noble®

You can enter for a chance to win a collection of books by award-winning author-illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh! Collection will include (1) copy of the following titles: DEAR PRIMO, DIEGO RIVERA, PANCHO RABBIT AND THE COYOTE, SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL, FUNNY BONES, THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR, DANZA! UNDOCUMENTED, SOLDIER FOR EQUALITY, FEATHERED SERPENT AND THE FIVE SUNS, and CHILD OF THE FLOWER-SONG PEOPLE.

This is open to all, not just those within the United States. A winner will be randomly selected and then contacted for the prize.

All you have to do is enter on this form and then cross your fingers!

Enter on this form here!

Good luck and happy reading!

Pernille

Ask David A. Robertson Your Questions #GRA21 #GRABarren

David A. Robertson on Twitter: "Happy 📖 🎂 to The Barren Grounds!! Had to  take a picture with the book, which I'm so proud of. Thanks to @TundraBooks  and @WCA_LitAgency and everybody

With the third week of the Global Read Aloud 2021 under way, I am so excited to reveal that I will be in conversation with my friend and author extraordinaire, David A. Robertson, author of this year’s GRA choice for middle school, The Barren Grounds. This pre-recorded event will be available to view after October 27th and will be a chance to get your questions answered directly by this incredible author and human being.

So I need your help, what would you like me to ask David? Have your students or classrooms submit their questions to potentially be asked and tune in when the recording is released.

You can submit as many questions as you would like! Just fill in this form between now and October 22nd.

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS HERE

Happy reading!

Pernille

Zetta Elliott Prizes Galore for the Global Read Aloud #GRA21 #GRADragons

We are two weeks in to this year’s Global Read Aloud and it has been incredible to see all of the connections and read alouds happening. The magic that happens at all ages is unparalleled; our readers give me so much hope. SOmetimes though we get the chance to make the experience even sweeter and this year is no different. I am so excited to announce some incredible opportunities for those of you reading Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott.

How would you love a visit from the author? If you are based in the US, then you can enter here to potentially win a vist with Zetta!

US Based Author Visit – Enter Here

But don’t worry, if you are outside of the US, you also get a chance to win a visit with Zetta. To enter for that, go here.

Outside of US Author Visit – Enter Here

You can also enter to win a classroom set of Dragons in a Bag if you are in the US. To enter for that, go here.

Winners will be drawn on November 15th.

Happy reading and thank you to Zetta Elliot and Penguin Random House for donating prizes and time.

Ask Duncan Tonatiuh Your Questions #GRA21

With the second week of the Global Read Aloud 2021 nearly wrapped up, I am so excited to reveal that I will be in conversation with Duncan Tonatiuh in a few weeks. This pre-recorded event will be available to view after October 27th and will be a chance to get your questions answered directly by this incredible creator.

So I need your help, what would you like me to ask Duncan Tonatiuh? Have your students or classrooms submit their questions to potentially be asked and tune in when the recording is released.

You can submit as many questions as you would like! Just fill in this form between now and October 22nd.

Submit your questions here

Happy reading!

Pernille

Ready to Kick Off – Global Read Aloud Information for 2021 #GRA21

Time is ticking and the kick off to the 2021 Global Read Aloud is nearing.  I am so excited to once again be reading aloud with other educators around the world. If you have not pre-read the books you are doing with your kids, I would highly recommend you do so to make sure they are the right fit for your community. I hope this collection of information is helpful!

For a comprehensive FAQ post, go here

The dates are October 4th – November 12th, 2021 –   you can fall behind, just don’t read ahead.

SO WHO IS THIS YEAR’S PICTURE BOOK STUDY….

Duncan Tonatiuh: Children's Author and Illustrator - UWM Libraries

This year’s chosen creator is Duncan Tonatiuh!

Duncan was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende. He graduated from Parsons The New School for Design and from Eugene Lang College in New York City in 2008. His work is inspired by Ancient Mexican art, particularly that of the Mixtec codex. His aim is to create images that honor the past, but that address contemporary issues that affect people of Mexican origin on both sides of the border. His book Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale is the winner of the 2014 Tomás Rivera Mexican American children’s book award. It is also the first book to receive two honorable mentions, one for the illustrations and one for the text, from the Pura Belpré Award for a work that best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books. The book was featured in USA Today, The Chicago Sun, The Houston Chronicle among other major publications because it deals with the controversial topic of immigration. His book Diego Rivera: His World and Ours won the 2012 Pura Belpré illustration award. It also won the 2012 Tomás Rivera. His first book Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin received an honorable mention from the Pura Belpré Award in 2011. It was named an Americas Award Commended Title and a Notable Book for a Global Society list.

WEEK 1:

WEEK 2:

WEEK 3:

WEEK 4:

WEEK 5:

WEEK 6:

YOUR CHOICE

I am so excited to dive into the fantastic world of Duncan Tonatiuh, there is just so much to uncover. Because Duncan has so many incredible books to choose from, you can also feel free to substitute other of his books in for the ones chosen above, some of his picture books are geared a little older so feel free to make the selections work for you. Please consider following Duncan’s work on social media and supporting your local independent bookstores with your book purchases. If you want to support the Global Read Aloud, please consider purchasing your books through the links placed here, the GRA gets a small affiliate percentage whenever books are purchased through Bookshop.org – a website that sends orders through local bookstores. If your school requires you to use Amazon to order the books, please consider using this link to place your order and support the GRA.

SO WHAT IS THIS YEAR’S EARLY READER BOOK….

When Jaxon is sent to spend the day with a mean old lady his mother calls Ma, he finds out she’s not his grandmother–but she is a witch! She needs his help delivering baby dragons to a magical world where they’ll be safe. There are two rules when it comes to the dragons: don’t let them out of the bag, and don’t feed them anything sweet. Before he knows it, Jax and his friends Vikram and Kavita have broken both rules! Will Jax get the baby dragons delivered safe and sound? Or will they be lost in Brooklyn forever?

Why Zetta Elliott had to decolonize her mind to write the children's book  Dragons in a Bag | CBC Radio

THE READING CALENDAR WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

Week 1: Oct. 4th – 8th : Chapters 1 – 3

Week 2: Oct. 11th – 15th: Chapters 4 – 6

Week 3: Oct. 18 – 22nd: Chapters 7 – 8

Week 4: Oct. 25th – 29th: Chapters 9 – 10

Week 5: Nov. 1st – 5th: Chapters 11 -12

Week 6: Nov. 8th – 12th: Chapters 13 – end

Don’t worry about falling behind, just don’t read ahead and if you need to start later, please do.

Please consider following Zetta’s work on social media and supporting your local independent bookstores with your book purchases. If you want to support the Global Read Aloud, please consider purchasing your books through the links placed here, the GRA gets a small affiliate percentage whenever books are purchased through Bookshop.org – a website that sends orders through local bookstores. If your school requires you to go through Amazon, please consider using this link to purchase the book in order to support the Global Read Aloud.

SO WHAT IS THIS YEAR’S MIDDLE GRADE BOOK….

Corinne La Mer claims she isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They’re just tricksters made up by parents to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest, and shining yellow eyes follow her to the edge of the trees. They couldn’t belong to a jumbie. Or could they?When Corinne spots a beautiful stranger at the market the very next day, she knows something extraordinary is about to happen. When this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne’s house, danger is in the air. Severine plans to claim the entire island for the jumbies. Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and learn to use ancient magic she didn’t know she possessed to stop Severine and to save her island home.

Amazon.com: Tracey Baptiste: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

THE READING CALENDAR WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

Week 1: Oct. 4th – 8th : Chapters 1 – 7

Week 2: Oct. 11th – 15th: Chapters 8 – 14

Week 3: Oct. 18 – 22nd: Chapters 15-21

Week 4: Oct. 25th – 29th: Chapters 22 – 26

Week 5: Nov. 1st – 5th: Chapters 27 – 39

Week 6: Nov. 8th – 12th: Chapters 40 – end

Don’t worry about falling behind, just don’t read ahead and if you need to start later, please do.

Please consider following Tracey’s work on social media and supporting your local independent bookstores with your book purchases. If you want to support the Global Read Aloud, please consider purchasing your books through the links placed here, the GRA gets a small affiliate percentage whenever books are purchased through Bookshop.org – a website that sends orders through local bookstores.  If your school requires you to go through Amazon, please consider using this link to purchase the book in order to support the Global Read Aloud.

SO WHAT IS THIS YEAR’S MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOK….

Narnia meets traditional Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations in an epic middle grade fantasy series from award-winning author David Robertson.

Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected, from their culture and each other, and struggle to fit in at school and at their new home — until they find a secret place, walled off in an unfinished attic bedroom. A portal opens to another reality, Askí, bringing them onto frozen, barren grounds, where they meet Ochek (Fisher). The only hunter supporting his starving community, Misewa, Ochek welcomes the human children, teaching them traditional ways to survive. But as the need for food becomes desperate, they embark on a dangerous mission. Accompanied by Arik, a sassy Squirrel they catch stealing from the trapline, they try to save Misewa before the icy grip of winter freezes everything — including them.

David Alexander Robertson (Author of When We Were Alone)

THE READING CALENDAR WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

Week 1: Oct. 4th – 8th : Chapters 1 – 5

Week 2: Oct. 11th – 15th: Chapters 6 – 10

Week 3: Oct. 18 – 22nd: Chapters 11 – 14

Week 4: Oct. 25th – 29th: Chapters 15 – 18

Week 5: Nov. 1st – 5th: Chapters 19 -22

Week 6: Nov. 8th – 12th: Chapters 23 – end

Don’t worry about falling behind, just don’t read ahead and if you need to start later, please do.

Please consider following David’s work on social media and supporting your local independent bookstores with your book purchases. If you want to support the Global Read Aloud, please consider purchasing your books through the links placed here, the GRA gets a small affiliate percentage whenever books are purchased through Bookshop.org – a website that sends orders through local bookstores.  If your school requires you to go through Amazon, please consider using this link to purchase the book in order to support the Global Read Aloud.

SO WHAT IS THIS YEAR’S YOUNG ADULT BOOK….

Elatsoe—Ellie for short—lives in an alternate contemporary America shaped by the ancestral magics and knowledge of its Indigenous and immigrant groups. She can raise the spirits of dead animals—most importantly, her ghost dog Kirby. When her beloved cousin dies, all signs point to a car crash, but his ghost tells her otherwise: He was murdered.

Who killed him and how did he die? With the help of her family, her best friend Jay, and the memory great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother, Elatsoe, must track down the killer and unravel the mystery of this creepy town and its dark past. But will the nefarious townsfolk and a mysterious Doctor stop her before she gets started?

A breathtaking debut novel featuring an asexual, Apache teen protagonist, Elatsoe combines mystery, horror, noir, ancestral knowledge, haunting illustrations, fantasy elements, and is one of the most-talked about debuts of the year.

THE READING CALENDAR WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

Week 1: Oct. 4th – 8th : Chapters 1 – 6

Week 2: Oct. 11th – 15th: Chapters 7 – 12

Week 3: Oct. 18 – 22nd: Chapters 13 – 18

Week 4: Oct. 25th – 29th: Chapters 19 – 24

Week 5: Nov. 1st – 5th: Chapters 25 -30

Week 6: Nov. 8th – 12th: Chapters 31 – end

Don’t worry about falling behind, just don’t read ahead and if you need to start later, please do.

Please consider following Darcie’s work on social media and supporting your local independent bookstores with your book purchases. If you want to support the Global Read Aloud, please consider purchasing your books through the links placed here, the GRA gets a small affiliate percentage whenever books are purchased through Bookshop.org – a website that sends orders through local bookstores.  If your school requires you to go through Amazon, please consider using this link to purchase the book in order to support the Global Read Aloud.

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 – #GRADuncan

Dragons in a Bag – #GRADragons

The Jumbies – #GRAJumbies

The Barren Grounds – #GRABarren

Elatsoe – #GRAElatsoe

GLOBAL READ ALOUD MERCHANDISE:

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

To get your free sticker, see this post

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

You can also look for connections on the document if you want, this way you do not have to go to Facebook.

Welcome

There are so many great things already happening surrounding these read alouds. It is not too late to join, just get the books, join whichever groups work for you or find a connections in the Shared Resource Document and get ready to read.

I am humbled by the love and support as always that surrounds the GRA. Thank you for being a part of the journey.

Keep reading,

Pernille

Cover Reveal: Omar Rising by Aisha Saeed

It’s not every day, the Global Read Aloud gets to host a cover reveal, but today is one of those special day and boy, was it easy to say yes to this! In 2018, the middle grade choice for the year was Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed, a book that quickly took our GRA community with storm. Kids around the world learned about Pakistan, about the plight of indentured servants, about one girl’s courage to change not just her own life but the lives of others. We were enthralled, enriched, and invested and so many of us begged for more of Amal’s story. Well, Aisha Saeed heard us and in between all of her other writing, she wrote the story of Omar called “Omar Rising” to be released February 1st, 2022!

What is Omar Rising about?

In this compelling companion to New York Times bestseller Amal Unbound, Amal’s friend Omar must contend with being treated like a second-class citizen when he gets a scholarship to an elite boarding school.

Omar knows his scholarship to Ghalib Academy Boarding School is a game changer, providing him—the son of a servant—with an opportunity to improve his station in life. He can’t wait to experience all the school has to offer, especially science club and hopefully the soccer team; but when he arrives, his hopes are dashed. First-year scholarship students aren’t allowed to join clubs or teams—and not only that, they have to earn their keep doing menial chores. At first Omar is dejected—but then he gets angry when he learns something even worse—the school deliberately “weeds out” kids like him by requiring them to get significantly higher grades than kids who can pay tuition, making it nearly impossible for scholarship students to graduate. It’s a good thing that in his favorite class, he’s learned the importance of being stubbornly optimistic. So with the help of his tightknit new group of friends—and with the threat of expulsion looming over him—he sets out to do what seems impossible: change a rigged system.

Aisha Saeed on OMAR RISING:

Omar Rising is a story about just how high the stakes of education can be— especially for those whom it may be the only ladder out of their difficult circumstances. As the son of a servant, Omar is doing everything he can to succeed at his new boarding school so he can give his mother and himself a brighter future, but as he navigates his classes, he discovers exactly how unjust his new school is and the power of collective activism to affect change. While Omar’s story is set in Pakistan, as a former educator in the U.S., I’ve witnessed firsthand both the challenges— and the resiliency— of my students as they worked to overcome their own inequitable circumstances.

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