A Final Year of Amazing Events – Welcome to OUr Authors Live #GRA20

Eleven years ago, I started the Global Read Aloud on little more than an idea and a hope; that perhaps through a shared read aloud we could create pathways around the world, expanding our knowledge but shrinking our otherization, growing our curiosity, and diminishing hate.  That by sitting with the same book in our hands and gathering around the act of listening we could open up a flow of questions that would ultimately lead to a deeper acknowledgment of our own shared humanity and perhaps leave us all with a sense of needing to take care of one another more.  Perhaps a lofty goal, but a goal nonetheless.  And so we read, and shared, and connected, and sat in awe of the stories and of the power of others as we traveled around the world through technology, as we played Mystery Skype to figure out where all these new friends were, as authors took us behind the scenes and told us their secrets as we marveled at the worlds they had created.  We knew it was magical.  We knew that the books were not just pages glued together but portals to a world where with reading at its heart we saw a path forward for better.  We knew that being able to bring the world in through this shared read aloud somehow made the walls disappear, if even for a moment so that we truly could see the people we all are connected to.

This year is the final year of the GRA and I am ready to stand back in awe.  To marvel at all of the good that this one idea has brought into the world.  It will leave a hole in the world of literacy and also in my own life, but I know that in that hole is an opportunity for even further connections and innovation to reside.  That out there are new ideas concocted by someone who sees a way to push our connections even further, to continue to remind us of our debt to each other. 

So this year, in a year that seems to have brought so many horrors into our lives, we gather one last time around the magnificent books and the creators behind them.  We push ourselves extra hard as we run this final mile.  We take the risks, we open up, we sit in the knowledge that together we are more, that together we can.  We hold our breath before we crack open the book and then let the connections happen as we ask our kids to ponder the worlds that Juana Martinez-Neal, Traci Sorrell, Charlene Willing McManis, Zanib Mian, Jason Reynolds, and Linda Sue Park have invented for us.  We reach out so that we can once again let one book connect the world.  And we know that through the shared love of a read aloud and a shared love of our students, we, too, changed the world.

And so in partnership with Skype in the Classroom, I would like to invite you to celebrate these incredible books and authors as we gather one last time. And what better way to do it than asking the very creators themselves to share a glimpse of their world and their work? To allow the Global Read Aloud to be connected with them as we celebrate these connections and pathways toward a more just world? I don’t have the right words to thank these incredible people for wanting to give any kind of time to this little project i dreamed up 11 years ago, I hope maybe you can help me in expressing our gratitude by sharing their books, by buying their books, by reviewing their books and making these books part of our stories for years to come.

For more information on the events listed below, please visit this link to register and read more.

Who will we welcome and when?

October 9th we welcome Jason Reynolds.
October 16th we welcome Zanib Mian
October 30th we welcome Linda Sue Park
November 6th we welcome Juana Martinez-Neal

It has been 11 years of love for books, of care for a world that at times feels really lonely and harsh. 11 years of dreaming. 11 years of trust. Of hope. And of connections. Won’t you join me for this last year as we celebrate all that we did and all that we are?

Prairie Lotus in the Classroom: A Webinar with Linda Sue Park #GRA20 #GRAPrairie

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As we wind up for this year’s final Global Read Aloud, I am so excited to invite you all to this incredible free webinar featuring Linda Sue Park as she discusses Prairie Lotus.  This is your chance to learn more about the creation,  research, and process that went into the creation of this incredible book as we get ready to share it around the world.

I am so grateful to Linda Sue Park, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt & Clarion Books for this event.  It will take place on September 3rd live but will be recorded in case your time zone does not work out, do register though so you get the information.

Description of the book: Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend. Acclaimed, award-winning author Linda Sue Park has placed a young half-Asian girl, Hanna, in a small town in America’s heartland, in 1880. Hanna’s adjustment to her new surroundings, which primarily means negotiating the townspeople’s almost unanimous prejudice against Asians, is at the heart of the story. Narrated by Hanna, the novel has poignant moments yet sparkles with humor, introducing a captivating heroine whose wry, observant voice will resonate with readers.

Please click this link to register for the event!

If You’re Reading Stella Diaz Has Something to Say – Read This #GRA19 #GRAStella

Angela Domingues, author extraordinaire of our GRA early reader choice, shared the following information.

It’s almost #GRA19 time! As promised, here is some information on my weekly videos. Starting Monday, September 30th, please submit your #GRAStella questions through my website. That following Monday, I’ll post a video on my blog where I answer as many of your questions as I can.

When submitting questions, please make sure to include the name of your classroom, students’ names, and #GRAStella as the subject line, too.

I’ll also be selecting at random a winner each week to receive an autographed copy of Stella Díaz Has Something to Say and an advanced copy of my upcoming follow up, Stella Díaz Never Gives Up.

Finally, I will post videos up to Monday, November 4th. That’s it! I can’t wait to go on this adventure with you all soon!

Reading A Bridge Home? Read this! #GRA19

Rhode Island, September 2019

Dear educator,

It’s impossible for me to express how grateful I feel that THE BRIDGE HOME is a Global Read Aloud choice. I’ve long admired this wonderful endeavor and I love how Ms. Ripp is able to connect people around the world through the power of words. I can’t wait for you to meet Rukku, Viji, Muthu, Arul and Kutti – all of whom are based on friends I had as a child, growing up in India. As a gesture of thanks, I’ll be giving away 4 free skype as we countdown to #GRABridge. If interested, please follow me on twitter (@padmatv) and watch for the Skype giveaways (planned for Thursdays or Fridays this September).

Opening a book I love, to me, is like opening a door into someone’s heart. While I read, for a while, I live, breathe, and feel what the characters experience – and when I finish it, I don’t just have the sense that I was transported to another place or time but also that I have been transformed just a little by the moments of empathy I experienced. If you and your students feel this way as they read THE BRIDGE HOME, I hope to connect with them (through weekly blog posts and Q&A videos) and encourage them to engage in activities that raise awareness and bring positivity and change into their lives, homes, environments and communities. To that end, and to augment your GRA experience and make it more fun, I’ve also created a lot of educational materials that are freely downloadable, such as:

Photo resource (pdf of photographs of the city that inspired THE BRIDGE HOME, with annotations)

Reader’s Theater (for 2 scenes in the novel)

Video mini-lessons on geography and showing how to write in Tamil (which the characters speak)

Podcast of me reading the first chapter

Pronunciation guide (for Indian names and words)

Discussion guide

Suggestions for social justice activities

Cooking up stories (a recipe for Indian style saffron yogurt and links to recipes for food mentioned in THE BRIDGE HOME)

Writing prompts, cross-curricular links with mathematics, art, social studies, and much much more.

You can find this on my website (www.padmavenkatraman.com/resources and then click on The Bridge Home tab). On my website, you’ll also see links to my social media and you can sign up to follow my blog posts there as well (and that way you’ll be notified each time I put up a new post). I will be taking questions weekly on my blog – and I plan to choose a few of the questions I receive before 12:00 noon US EST Wednesday each week and create a video with answers every Friday during #GRA19.

In addition, Ms. Ripp has very kindly agreed, with the help of her class, to judge two contests (a writing contest and an art contest) during #GRABridge (more information to come).

Here’s looking forward to building bridges with words, across the world, together. Books bridge homes and hearts!

Padma

 

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

Tune In With Lauren Castillo! #GRA16

Note:  This event is being rescheduled due to technical difficulties with recording the event.  I am so sorry and will post details of a new event as soon as I sort that out.

 

I am so incredibly thankful to all of the authors who wrote the amazing books of the year’s Global Read Aloud.  To end this year’s project the talented, and generous, Lauren Castillo, our picture book author/illustrator has agreed to join us all for a Google Hangout Live!

 

This will be recorded and can be watched right here after the live event.

Submit your questions for Lauren here, the more original the better