In just one week, the Global Read Aloud officially begins on October 3rd! I am very much looking forward to this amazing 6-week global event and invite you to join me. 

The Global Read Aloud is a global literacy event designed to connect the world through a single book. Pernille Ripp launched the event in 2010 with a single premise: choose a book to read aloud with your class and make as many global connections as possible. I was first introduced to the event last year and am looking forward to participating again, but with greater intensity and a few colleagues to join me. I will be reading Pax by Sara Pennypacker and making global connections with other teacher educators and classroom teachers, but there are multiple books to choose from based on your interests and grade level, all chosen earlier in the year with teacher recommendations. 

Interested? Start by viewing the International Literacy Association’svideo of Pernille Ripp explaining how GRA came to be and then take some time to explore the GRA website. Be sure to read the FAQ document that gives you the details you need to get started, including links to the book, the chapter schedule and ideas for participating. You might also be interested in joining the GRA Facebook page, participating in the Twitter slow chats, contributing to a Padlet wall or exploring the many other ideas shared. My new favorite is BreakoutEDU!

There is no contribution that is too small, so explore and choose a way to join in that fits your grade, your interest and your comfort with technology. I will be participating with my graduate class of teachers in update NY and would love to connect and help facilitate the process. Let’s show our students (and ourselves) the power that digital tools have to unite the world around a single book!

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