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.

Are you ready for the cover reveal?

Gorgeous! I can’t wait to read this book.

How can you pre-order it?

Please consider supporting your local independent book store to pre-order this book. You can also order it through Bookshop.org, a website dedicated to funnel book orders through local independent book stores and paying them a larger percentage than other known large scale book sites. However you choose to order it, I know one thing to be true; Aisha’s words changed so many perspectives in Amal Unbound, I know Omar Rising will change many too.

Happy reading!

2021 Global Read Aloud Shared Resource Document #GRA21

Introducing this year’s shared resource document for ALL BOOKS – use this to share any resources you have found or created for the book(s) you are doing. If you want to change permissions on it, you need to make your own copy.

Go to the book tab you are doing and look at the resources already shared, feel free to also add anything you have you want to share whether it is ideas, slowchat information, postcard sign ups etc. Hopefully this will be an easier way for people to share rather than ideas getting lost on Facebook.

New this year is a place to search for connections as well, please add in your information if you would like others to connect with you and don’t feel like posting on Facebook. Each book has its own Google doc for this which is where you can post connections wanted, the document can be found within the shared resource document under each unique tab.

You can also keep posting connections wanted on Facebook but in case you don’t use it or find that confusing, I hope these resources will make your life easier.

I cannot wait for another year of Global Read Aloud! Which book will you be reading?

Want Your Free Global Read Aloud Sticker? #GRA21

NOTE:  MAKE SURE YOU FILL IN THE FORM, PLEASE. OTHERWISE, I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO EMAIL YOU WITH THE INSTRUCTIONS.

For many years, participants have asked for Global Read Aloud merchandise and while t-shirts and such have been available for a few years,  last year I ordered 1,000 stickers just for fun.  Since then I have been sending them out to those who would like them, a small token of pride and appreciation in this global project.

I like to receive mail and I like to send mail, so I thought now would be a great time to spread a little Global Read Aloud love in the world.

So if you are someone who would like a sticker there are two options.  Either say hi at a conference if you see me somewhere in the wild (I’ll be at Iowa Reading in June and IRC in October in-person) OR send me a self-addressed stamped envelope and I will send you one.  You can ask for colleagues etc in one envelope, you do not need to send separate envelopes, just make sure it has your address on it and it is stamped with e regular stamp. To see my home address, please fill out this form with your email address and I will send you my address to mail your envelope to.

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This is the sticker, it is the same one as last year.

If you are outside of the US and really hoping to get a sticker, just contact me and we can see if we can figure something out.