Another week has passed and as promised, here is Elana’s fourth video. Thank you so much, Elana!  Keep sending her your questions for next week’s video here Because of the blog’s limitations, I can only post a link to the video here and not the actual video.  So click the link, please.


Also, if you will be at NCTE, make sure you go see Elana as she speaks and also does a signing for her newest book, Damsel.

Week 3 Video for A Boy Called Bat – Elana K. Arnold Answers Your Questions #GRABAT18 #GRA18

Another week has passed and as promised, here is Elana’s third video. Thank you so much, Elana!  Keep sending her your questions for next week’s video here Because of the blog’s limitations, I can only post a link to the video here and not the actual video.  So click the link, please.


Welcome to the 2018 Global Read Aloud!

Dear Global Read Aloud participants,

It is hard to believe that as I write this, there are parts of the world just waking up to Monday, October 1st.  The day that marks the kick off to the 9th annual Global Read Aloud!  Over the next six weeks, more than 1.5 million kids will get to experience a read aloud.  From little kids who crowd around their teacher for story-time to all of those big kids who hope their teacher reads just one more page; soon our adventure begins.

I hope that every person involved will have a moment, a moment in their classrooms or homes where they get to sit and listen to incredible stories, hopefully, sit in the quiet and wonder, and then have meaningful conversations that maybe, just maybe, will help them see the world as filled with human beings who deserve our understanding, kindness, and support.

This year instead of selecting one charity to direct donations to, I encourage you to find a charity that speaks to the message of the books you are reading.  Even if your students and you can only contribute a little bit of time, money, or care, think of the difference that all of us together can make for others.  Let me know what you choose.

I hope that this journey is one that is worth your time.  That your children will love it as much as I have the past many years. Make it work for you, make it worth your time.  Don’t sweat the small things and just enjoy the ride.

A few things to note:

  • Elana Arnold’s videos will be posted on this blog for the world to see.  If you want to send her a question to have her answer it, go here to send them.
  • Aisha Saeed’s videos will be posted here 
  • The shared resources can be found here – please add your ideas
  • All information such as hashtags, wheat to read when and such can be found here 
  • My personal blog, including where I will be speaking and such is here 

Nine years ago I dreamed that the world would be a little smaller due to a shared read aloud.  Nine years ago I dreamed of the power of books and all that they could accomplish.  Now we find out if that dream can come true once again.  Thank you for believing in my dream and happy reading.

All of my best,


Write About and Global Read Aloud 2018 #GRA18

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Authentic writing opportunities are an important part of the Global Read Aloud experience, which is why Write About is proud to offer 4 months of unlimited writing exclusively to GRA classrooms– a $60 sponsorship!

Easy Steps to Participate:

1. Submit your Write About upgrade form to get the coupon code.

2. Sign In on Write About to Upgrade with the coupon code.

3. Get your students writing!



Write About is sponsoring GRA teachers and students with access to a Classroom Monthly upgrade ($15/mo) from September – December 2018. This is available to the first 1,000 teachers who sign up before October 1st. After the project, teachers can downgrade their account to Free if they do not wish to continue Write About with their students. Otherwise, a $15/mo membership will automatically renew.

Win a Skype Visit from Elana K. Arnold #GRA18

As we get ready to dive into the incredible book that is A Boy Called Bat written by Elana K. Arnold for the Global Read Aloud, I have more incredible news to share.  Not only is she going to be answering your questions on videos every week, she will also be giving 20 (!!!!) free 30 min skype visits to lucky classrooms!

All you have to do is enter on this form and then I will pull random winners on September 16th so that Elana has a chance to reach out to everyone.  This contest is open to the world, but just make sure that the timezone difference is not impossible for her to work with.

Please note that Elana also offers up longer Skype visits for a fee, as well as author visits.  She is an incredibly dynamic author who mesmerizes kids and adults alike with her storytelling.  She would be an incredible addition to your school year.

To see Elana’s website, go here

To contact her for more information, go here

To see all her amazing books, go here 

Updates from #GRA18

As the time quickly approaches for kick off to the 2018 Global Read Aloud, I thought it would be nice to share a few updates as they reach me.

Participation Info

I have been asked, how many kids are in the Global Read Aloud this year?  As we speak more than 1.2 million kids are participating around the world and more than 70 different countries represented.  But in all honesty, the number doesn’t matter.  The connections are what matters and you only need two to connect.

Author Updates

A few of the authors have made their participation plans public, this is never an expectation, but I am thrilled that they will be participating in the project.

Here is what Aisha Saeed, author of Amal Unbound, has planned


Elana K. Arnold just announced that she will be creating weekly videos answering questions from students.  All you have to do is tweet her the question, along with the school name and the age of the students.  Her Twitter handle is @ElanaKArnold
I will also be hosting a giveaway of signed copies of Bat as well as a skype visit contest.

Write About

I have been asked whether Write About will be part of the GRA again and the answer is yes, but in a changed capacity.  GRA participants will all be able to get a free membership for the length of the project and then once the project ends they can continue their membership at a 50% discounted rate.  More information will be forthcoming to those who would like to pursue this.
I will continue to update information as I get it.
Shared Resources
As people create resources, they should be entered into our Google sheet.  That way everyone can see what is being shared.  Just a reminder that all resources shared have to be free.  This is a free project and the name is trademarked.



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 – https://www.julieflett.com/

Monique Gray Smith – http://moniquegraysmith.com/

Elana K. Arnold – http://elanakarnold.com/

Aisha Saeed – http://aishasaeed.com/

Alan Gratz – https://www.alangratz.com/

Samira Ahmed – https://samiraahmed.com/

Amal Unbound from Aisha Saeed and the Global Read Aloud

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One of the surprise bonuses of the Global Read Aloud is when authors decide to get involved with the project.  While this is never something that is expected, it only sweetens the experience when they have the time to do so.

Well, hold on to your hats because Aisha Saeed, author of Amal Unbound, just revealed her Global Read Aloud plans!

Here are the things she will be doing during the project

  • Offer extension activities and resources
  • Create student Q&A videos
  • Drawings for Skype visits
  • Author letter drawings

This is amazing!

To get full information and sign up for all of this, please go to her website here