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

Ask Meg Medina – A Final Google Hangout Event #GRA15 #GRAYaqui

We are so fortunate that Meg Medina has agreed to do a Google Hangout with us all on November 16th at 11 AM CST.  Tune in as we discuss all things Yaqui Delgado and the Global Read Aloud.

I will add the link in here on Friday for people to view.

However, I need your help.  What questions do you have for Meg?  What would you like to know?  Please submit your questions on this form and then tune in to see if they get answered.

Join Us For the Final Google Hangout With Lynda Mullaly Hunt #GRA15 #GRAFIAT

I cannot believe that the GRA is coming to a close for the year.  What an amazing event it has been.  Lynda Mullaly Hunt, the author of Fish In A Tree, has graciously agreed to do a culminating Google Hangout with us Wednesday, November 18th at 8:45 AM CST.   Fear not, the whole thing will be videotaped and accessible once it is over.

View it here or on the link here

However, I need your help.  What questions do you have for Lynda?  What would you like to know?  Please submit your questions on this form and then tune in to see if they get answered.

Don’t forget that Lynda has been so busy making videos for us, please see all of her videos on her blog.

Glow Ball Read Dahl Loud November 13th #GRA15

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I can’t believe the last week of the Global Read Aloud is upon us.  What an incredible adventure it has been yet again.  When Amy Krouse Rosenthal and I spoke this summer, she asked if she could help dream up events for you and as anyone would probably do, I enthusiastically replied, “Yes!”

Therefore, for us to celebrate the final day of the Global Read Aloud, November 13th, I invite you to participate in the Glow Ball Read Dahl Loud!

How do you participate?

GLOW = if possible, get some colorful glow sticks

BALL = get dressed up like you’re going to a fancy ball

READ = you know how to do that!

DAHL = find your favorite Roald Dahl poem

LOUD = now read it as LOUD as you can!!

So join us on November 13th as we culminate our read aloud with a massive celebration of the beauty of reading aloud.

P.S: When you say “Glow Ball Read Dahl Loud” out loud, what does it sound like?  🙂

P.P.S: You can listen to Amy’s favorite rendition of the song Pure Imagination here.

Answers to Our KNOWvember Quiz About Amy Krouse Rosenthal #GRA15 #GRAAmy

We hope you had fun with the quiz!  Here are all of the answers…

Here are all of the questions again

1) Where does Amy live?
a. Chicago
b. New York
c. The moon

2) Amy’s dog’s name is:
a. Cougar
b. Plankton
c. She doesn’t have a dog

3) What is Amy’s favorite snack?
a. Sunflower seeds
b. Potato chips
c. Split pea soup

4) What’s her favorite place to write?
a. On airplanes
b. At her desk
c. At coffeehouses
d. All of the above

5) Does Amy have any kids?
a. Yes, 2
b. Nope
c. Yes, 3

6) What is Amy’s secret talent?
a. She can do a double back flip off the diving board
b. She can name all 50 states in alphabetical order in 17 seconds
c. She can guess your birthday with 90% accuracy

7) Where does she get her ideas?
a. From simply keeping her eyes/ears/mind open, noticing things, and thinking a lot
b. From the idea store of course

8) Why does she write?
a. Because she loves words
b. Because she loves making things
c. Because she can’t not write
d. All of the above

9) What does Amy have in common with Albert Einstein?
a. They have the same IQ
b. They both stick their tongues out in photos
c. Neither of them like wearing socks

BONUS: What are Amy’s two favorite colors?

ANSWERS:
1) Chicago
2) Cougar
3) Potato chips
4) All of the above
5) Yes, 3
6) She can name all 50 states in alphabetical order in 17 seconds
7) From simply keeping her eyes/ears/mind open, noticing things, and thinking a lot
8) All of the above
9) Neither of them like wearing socks

It’s KNOWvember – How Well Do You Know Amy Krouse Rosenthal?

I have loved all of the ideas that our amazing picture book author, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, has come up with for the Global Read Aloud.  I mean Global Random Acts of Kindness was pretty amazing!  So let’s challenge your knowledge of the author, answers will be posted and tweeted this Thursday!

1) Where does Amy live?
a. Chicago
b. New York
c. The moon

2) Amy’s dog’s name is:
a. Cougar
b. Plankton
c. She doesn’t have a dog

3) What is Amy’s favorite snack?
a. Sunflower seeds
b. Potato chips
c. Split pea soup

4) What’s her favorite place to write?
a. On airplanes
b. At her desk
c. At coffeehouses
d. All of the above

5) Does Amy have any kids?
a. Yes, 2
b. Nope
c. Yes, 3

6) What is Amy’s secret talent?
a. She can do a double back flip off the diving board
b. She can name all 50 states in alphabetical order in 17 seconds
c. She can guess your birthday with 90% accuracy

7) Where does she get her ideas?
a. From simply keeping her eyes/ears/mind open, noticing things, and thinking a lot
b. From the idea store of course

8) Why does she write?
a. Because she loves words
b. Because she loves making things
c. Because she can’t not write
d. All of the above

9) What does Amy have in common with Albert Einstein?
a. They have the same IQ
b. They both stick their tongues out in photos
c. Neither of them like wearing socks

BONUS: What are Amy’s two favorite colors?

Tweet out your answers using our hashtag #GRAAmy or share in some other way!  Answers will come this week.

Kevin Henkes Answers Our Global Read Aloud Questions #GRA15 #GRABilly

On Saturday, a dream of mine came true when I got to see Kevin Henkes as he finished his author tour in support of Waiting, his incredible new picture book.  Not only did I get to see him speak about his process as writer, but I also got to thank him for doing anything with the Global Read Aloud.  He says he thinks it is incredible to think of all the students that are reading The Year of Billy MIller right now.

So ore than 200 classrooms submitted questions from around the world and boy, it was hard to pick, there were so many good ones.  I hope you  like the ones I picked and even more, that you like the answers he gave.  I know I did.

Question 1

Niyati Best-Paudyal from The Miami Valley School asked, “What part of the writing process do you like the most?”

Answer

Before I begin to write, I think for a long time. I think about my main character and try to envision everything about him/her. For Billy Miller I thought about Billy’s family, his friends, his school life. I thought about where he would live. I thought about how old he would be. I thought about what he would look like. I do all this before I actually write. This is my favorite part of “writing,” because there is so much promise. Anything is possible.

Question 2

Cohen in Mrs. Draper’s Class, from Oshawa,Ontario,Canada asked, “How did you find art in your heart?”

Answer

I think I was born with art in my heart. To find it, I sometimes need to be inspired. It might be a walk in the woods near my house, or a trip to a museum, or reading a book that unlocks the art and allows it to flow.

Question 3

Elaine Blanton’s Grade 2 Class from Calgary, Alberta, Canada asked, “Are any of Billy’s adventures/experiences based on your personal second grade experiences in childhood?”

When I was writing Billy Miller I tried to remember my second grade self, but more than anything Billy’s experiences are based on my son’s and my daughter’s second grade lives. My wife and I volunteered in both our children’s first and second grade classrooms once a week. So I had four years of being with first and second graders on a regular basis. This was the real inspiration for The Year of Billy Miller.

Question 4

Mrs. Trollop’s Team from Wausau, Wisconsin, USA asked; “Was it hard to become a writer? How did you get people to want to buy your books?”

Answer

I loved books when I was a boy, so it seemed natural to me to want to become a writer. I was lucky. When I was 19 years old I traveled to New York City from my home in Wisconsin looking for a publisher. Greenwillow Books offered me a contract for my first book, and I’ve been with the same publisher for 35 years. My publisher markets and promotes and distributes my books for me. My publisher gets people to want to buy my books.

Question 5

Mrs. Bartlein’s Class from Erin, Wisconsin, USA, asked, “What are you hoping others will learn by reading The Year of Billy Miller? What’s your message?”

Answer

I don’t think about what people will learn from my books. I do hope that people will like my stories, that they will be entertained. I don’t try to teach anything. I try to write engaging stories with interesting characters. I try to write good sentences. It’s as simple and difficult as that.

Thank you so much, Mr. Henkes for answering some of our many questions.