Sep 03, 2019

Celebrate Global Read Aloud

Sept. 30 - Nov. 15, 2019Global Read Aloud


Happy 10th birthday to Global Read Aloud (GRA)! GRA allows students the opportunity to experience great multicultural literature and connect with others as a community of readers. This celebration of reading will be held on Sept. 30 - Nov. 15, 2019.


According to Pernille Ripp, founder of GRA, “Global collaboration is necessary to show students that they are part of something bigger than them. That the world needs to be protected and that we need to care for all people. You can show them pictures of kids in other countries, but why not have them speak to each other? Then the caring can begin.” 


GRA builds and supports:

  • Literacy standards
  • Collaboration 
  • Connecting to others from around the world
  • Empathy
  • Technology standards

To find the reading schedule and resources for connecting with other classrooms, register at: 2019 Global Read Aloud


This year’s titles include:

Picture book author/illustrator study:  Yuyi Morales

“Dreamers” “Just a Minute:  A Trickster Tale and Counting Book” “Niño Wrestles the World” “Viva Frida” “Little Night Nochecita”



Early Elementary
“Stella Diaz Has Something to Say!” by Angela Dominguez

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez

Upper Elementary/Middle
“Front Desk” by
Kelly Yang

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Young Adult
“The Marrow Thieves” by Cherie Dimaline





Want to learn more about Global Read Aloud or find out how to connect outside of your school? Visit the GRA FAQ page or visit the GRA blog for updates. You may participate in GRA in whatever manner best suits your setting, schedule, and needs. Be sure to share your story with the GRA Twitter hashtag: #GRA19. Happy reading and caring!


Do you need student books to celebrate Global Read Aloud in your classroom? The Grant Wood AEA Media Center may be able to help! Digital and audiobooks of all titles are available for MackinVia and also available using the GWAEA Online Resources. These titles may be displayed on a screen with audio played over classroom speakers for large groups as well as on individual devices. Access MackinVIA using the log-in information for both school and individual GWAEA Online Resources.


If you are interested in reading professional works written by Pernille Ripp, reserve them through the Grant Wood AEA Media Center using your GWAEA username and password and we will deliver them to your school. 



Written by Dianna Geers, GWAEA media specialist