Final Round of Voting – Picture Book Study #GRA16

The first round had more than 1600 votes cast and I am now thrilled to reveal the top 3 vote-getters.  All of the authors and illustrators nominated are worthy of being the final choice with their impressive creativity and beautiful books.  Voting will run for a week and will then be considered as I determine the final choice.

Congratulations to all 3 author/illustrators that are now finalists for Global Read Aloud 2016!  The 3 finalists are:


Oliver Jeffers!


Oliver Jeffers makes art.

From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, Oliver Jeffers’ work takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including Lazarides Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Brooklyn Museum and Spring Break Fair (Armory Week) in New York, and Gestalten Space in Berlin.

Oliver’s picture books — including The Incredible Book Eating BoyThis Moose Belongs to Me, The Day Crayons Quit  and its sequel The Day The Crayons Came Home ( both #1 NYTimes Bestsellers)  and Once Upon an Alphabet — have been translated into over 30 languages. Working in collaboration with Studio AKA, Oliver’s second book Lost and Found was developed into an animated short film that has received over sixty awards, including a BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film.

Oliver is from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Lauren Castillo!

Lauren Castillo


Lauren studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has written & illustrated over 14 books for children, including the critically acclaimed Melvin and the Boy, The Reader by Amy Hest,Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts, Buffalo Music by Tracey Fern and What Happens on Wednesdays by Emily Jenkins. Her most recent book, Nana in the City, was awarded a 2015 Caldecott Honor. She currently draws and dreams in sunny Los Angeles, California.

Mem Fox!



Mem Fox is a retired Associate Professor of Literacy Studies (Flinders University, South Australia), and also Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book author.  Her first publication, Possum Magic, is the best selling children’s book in Australia.  It is thirty years old this year (2013) and is still available in hard-back. She has written many other internationally best-selling books for children including Time for Bed, Where Is The Green Sheep? and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, a copy of which was Australia’s official gift to Prince George, the new royal baby. Mem has also written several non-fiction books for adults, including her renowned book for parents:Reading Magic. Her books have been translated into nineteen languages. She has received many civic honours and awards, and three honorary doctorates. She lives in Adelaide, South Australia, but leaps around a bit as an advocate for literacy and literature.

Happy voting! 


Time to Vote for Picture Book Study #GRA16

It is time….

The very first round of voting begins today for our amazing choices for the picture book author/illustrator for Global read Aloud 2016.  We live in a time where picture books are a vital component of classrooms around the world and I could not be happier to showcase our incredible picture book authors.

Please take a moment to vote – the first round poll will close next Tuesday, March 1st.

Congratulations to all of the authors/illustrators who were chosen as contenders!

The past choices have been:  Eric Carle, Peter H. Reynolds, and Amy Krouse Rosenthal.


Vote for the Global Read Aloud Picture Book Author Study #GRA15

Much thought has been given this year to who should be the Global Read Aloud 2015 picture book author study because of the incredible 2 years we have already had.  While topping the genius of Peter H. Reynolds and Eric Carle is not an easy feat, I have declared that this year, it is the year of the female picture book authors!

The process has changed a little bit this year, I have done a lot of thinking and decided to start out with a narrow field of only two choices.  I feel both choices offer incredible books that will start a wealth of connections, offer deep connections within the classroom, and be accessible to many countries.  So without further ado, behold the two choices that you can vote for this year.

First Choice:

The amazing Amy Krouse Rosenthal!

To see Am’s website and her incredible books, go here

This incredible author who has written some of my own childrens’ and students’ favorite books.  Her books consistently serve a huge audience as they spark conversations in children young and old and the sheer variety she offers would mean there is a great book for everyone.

From Amy’s website:

According to The New York Times, Amy’s award-winning children’s books “radiate fun the way tulips radiate spring: they are elegant and spirit-lifting.” Her 20+ books for children include Little PeaExclamation Mark, Spoon, ChopsticksDuck! Rabbit!, Yes Day, Uni the Unicorn, The Wonder BookCookies: Bite-Size Life LessonsPlant a Kiss, and Wumbers.

Second Choice:

The super duo of awesomeness; Ame Dyckman and Ashley Spires.

A Global Read Aloud first; a combination of two incredible picture book authors who have yet to publish 6 picture books on their own, but have plenty when combined.  Both of these writers have created incredible books that also resonate with any age, prompting giggles and inspiration whenever they are read.

About Ashley:

To see Ashley’s website and her incredible books, go here

Author and illustrator Ashley Spires grew up in Tsawwassen, BC and after stints living in Toronto and Saskatoon, she now lives in Ladner, having made an educated decision to never move from BC again. She is the creator of the Binky The Space Cat series of junior graphic novels, which have earned her numerous awards, including the Silver Birch Express and the Hackmatack. Her picture books, including Larf, Small Saul and The Most Magnificent Thing, are known for providing readers, young and old, with a good laugh.

When not drawing, she is often jogging with her dog Gordon or wrangling her three cats, Penny, Fran and Gracie.

About Ame:

To visit Ame’s website and see her incredible books, go here

Voting information:

Voting starts now and will conclude February 28th at midnight, with the chosen authors revealed March 1st.  This gives educators around the world plenty of time to order the books for the Global Read Aloud 2015.  I hope you are as excited about the choices as I am, either way, I know #GRA15 will be an incredible opportunity to connect the world, one book at a time.

It’s Time To Vote – First Round of Picks for #GRA14

While it is only March my thoughts keep going to October 6th when we will embark on the 5th Global Read Aloud.  So while this list is not complete, perhaps this will help everyone planning for next year’s participation.  Please pick your favorite in the categories, and if your favorite isn’t on there please add it under other.  I hope you like the list!