Global Read Aloud 2017 kicks off October 2, 2017! Since its launch in 2010, more than 2,000,000 kids from more than 60 countries have participated in this free event!
What is the Global Read Aloud (GRA)? The premise is simple: Educators choose one of the selected books to read aloud to their students between October 2 and November 10, and during that time, they connect with one or more classrooms around the globe. Teachers decide how involved they would like to be; some choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many connections as possible. In the past, connections have been made using Twitter, Skype, Edmodo, the GRA wiki, email, regular mail, Kidblog, Tackk, and more. Participating teachers gain access to community of other educators with whom to do a global project, and hopefully those connections continue throughout the year. View the FAQ handout for educators »
Why participate? GRA is meant to make the world a little smaller, to open our eyes to the rest of the world and look at all of our shared experiences. How phenomenal for a child to know that the same book they are reading is being read in classrooms across the globe. GRA also provides a great opportunity to integrate technology in a meaningful way.
What are the reading selections this year?
- Picture Book Author Study: Mem Fox
- Early Readers: Fenway and Hattie, by Victoria Coe
- Upper Elementary/Middle Grade: The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown
- Middle School: A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park
- Young Adult: A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness