Mem Fox has quite a wonderful collection of picture books and so it is no small task determining which books shall be the ones we read together. We do run into different distribution challenges depending on which country you are joining in from. I am trying to work around it as much as I can. So please take a moment to vote for your top 6 here.
Every year, I have used Edmodo groups for teachers to share ideas, make connections, and post any random questions they may have pertaining to the book they are doing for the Global Read Aloud. Edmodo has worked well for many teachers as a way to communicate with others and to find inspiration. While you do not have to join the Edmodo group to be a part of Global Read Aloud, or use it with your students, many have found it as an easy way to be connected and to connect with others. If you would rather join the Facebook page, go here
To Join Edmodo if you do not already have an account:
Follow these three simple steps to create a Teacher Account:
- Go to www.edmodo.com. The “Teachers” button will already be selected by default.
- Fill out the registration form and select the “Sign Up” button to complete the sign-up process.
- Check your e-mail for a confirmation to view the next steps for setting up your Edmodo Account.
To join the Edmodo GRA groups when you have an account, please click the link for the group you need:
How do I connect using Edmodo?
After you have joined your group and I have approved you (which I do on a daily basis) there are two different ways; you post a connections wanted post in your group, or you respond to one. If you post a connections wanted post, please make sure people have a way to get in touch with you such as email or Twitter handle. Once you have found the connections, please alert people that you have found them. Also, please reach out to all people that respond to your post, even if it is to say you have found someone already.
If you respond to a connections wanted post, make sure you describe your classroom and give them a way to contact you.
What should I post in my connections wanted post?
It helps if you do age group, location, experience level, as well as what types of tools you feel comfortable using or would like to use. That way people can respond with similar dreams. You can post anything else that you think is helpful as well.
What if I don’t want to use Edmodo?
Then you can look for connections via Twitter using the hashtag #GRA17 or post on our Facebook page as well.
How many connections should I be looking for?
You decide. I like to have one solid connection for each of my classrooms and I like to have our ideas cemented before the project starts, that way I know for sure I am connected with someone. However, I also like to look at what else is going on during the project, so checking in on the Twitter hashtags, seeing what other people are sharing and such. Some people like to have several connections ready in case one doesn’t work out.
I have been losing sleep weighing all of the incredible choices that have been submitted and proposed for this year’s Global Read Aloud. Many conversations have been had, books have been test read aloud, and while a few are the books chosen by the most votes, some are not.
Picking our books for the Global Read Aloud is never easy, in fact, I think it gets harder every year since we try to match the incredible experience from the year before. Every year so far, we have been able to do so., and I hope this year is no different.
With an emphasis on perspective this year, I feel that all of the books and picture book author chosen will help us see the world in a new light. Will help us make connections. Will help us build community both within our own classrooms, but also with all the thousands of classrooms that will participate. As usual, I hope you like them, I hope you read them, and I hope you read all of the amazing contenders as well. Deep breath here.
The chosen are…
Picture Book Author
Australian author Mem Fox has been a contender for a few years, so I am thrilled to have her be the chosen focus of our picture book study. With her enthralling storytelling, her many books focused on the ordinary and not so ordinary, and the perspective she brings her impact on the Global Read Aloud community promises to be profound.
Upper Elementary/Middle Grade
Such amazing books but only one can be chosen. Congratulations to this year’s contenders, they all deserve to be read, shared, and loved. The vote ends April 6th.
So many amazing books, but only one can be chosen as pour upper elementary read aloud for Global Read Aloud 2017. Cast your vote now before it closes on the 25th of March.
It’s time. Once again there are so many amazing books out there to choose from, and yet, choose we must. So please cast your vote in this first round of voting for Early Readers Chapter Book. Voting ends next Saturday, March 18th.
It’s starting to be that time again; voting for the Global Read Aloud 2017, and as always, I start with the picture book author study. The chosen author/illustrator will have six of their books featured over the six weeks of the project with thousands of children reading them and connecting through them.
We are lucky to be surrounded by such incredible talent when it comes to the world of picture books and picking the right one will be no small task. So place your vote for the preliminary round, you have until Friday, March 10th. All of these contenders would be an incredible choice.