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!



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

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.