This Thursday (Feb 16) is World Read Aloud Day presented by Lit World ; a non-profit organization started by literacy leader Pam Allyn, whose mission is to tackle illiteracy worldwide. This Thursday you can join a global community of readers. Many classrooms across the world will be skyping with authors, inviting in guest readers, and sharing their love of stories with one another. You and your class could be a part of that global event.
Here is the link to the WORLD READ ALOUD EVENT GUIDE.
You could try to book an author via Skype (don’t delay)
Follow along on Twitter #WRAD17
You can watch the Book Whisperer herself talk to you about World Read Aloud Day!
Do as much or as little as your time and schedule allow. You can register your class and be an “official participant”. You can see all the locations in the world where classrooms will be joining in. Help your students feel a part of something BIG. Help them feel connected to other children in the world with a common love for books and reading.
What’s On My Book Radar?
I am so thrilled by the multitude of novels and stories-in-verse the past several years, and this one ranks right up near the top. Nikki Grimes paints stories with such a select palette of words. She gets to the heart of Garvey’s thoughts, emotions, and desires with such clarity and precision-letting us see and experience the story through his eyes. We see Garvey grapple with the choice to be the boy his father wants him to be or be the person he truly is. You could finish this book in half an hour, but I recommend you slow down and savor it. And you probably won’t want to read it only once. I could see this book being a mentor to so many readers.
Do yourself a favor- get at least one copy of this book for yourself and one for International Book Giving Day!