Friday, February 2, 2018

World Read Aloud Day (Week) 2018

On Monday, January 29th the Winkley Library joined thousands of other students all across the world to bring attention to the importance of reading and writing by observing World Read Aloud Day by connecting with other schools across the United States to read and share our love of reading with each other.

For the past few years Shannon Miller and Andy Plemmons have teamed up to encourage educators to observe World Read Aloud Day and provide a way for educators to find each other to make connections using Skype and/or Google Hangouts.

This year was my first year to ever observe World Read Aloud Day as an Elementary School librarian.  Being on a fixed library schedule as part of the Specials rotation, finding coordinating times across varied time zones to connect with other libraries and/or classrooms proved to be a daunting task but with perseverance we were able to connect the majority of our library classes! YAY!

Our first connection was with Ms. Hincks' 2nd grade students from Bloomfield Hill, MI. We read Windows by Julia Draw.  I love that our students also had time share a "Window To Their World" by talking and sharing with each other after the book was read.

Our next connection was with Ms. Walterich's 2nd graders from Buffalo, NY.  kicked off our week long journey of introducing R. J. Palacio's book, We're All Wonders to many of our Winkley Elementary students.  

Then Sherron Gaughan's 5th graders from Minnesota blew us away with a spirited reading of 
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt. We absolutely loved the expressions they put into each characters voice!

The week continued on with many wonderful connections. I was thrilled to connect with my friend, April Wathen, and her amazing students as we partner read, We're All Wonders.

Then Angie Dickerson's 7th graders connected with our 5th graders to read We're All Wonders.  I was blown away by her students and our kids really enjoyed listening to the kids reading rather than the adults.  Ms. Dickerson's students also shared that they had read the dedication page in the book and had researched Nathaniel Newman. During their research they discovered a 20/20 story about Nathaniel on whom the book "Wonder" is based.  After talking with Ms. Dickerson's 7th graders our kids also checked out the great 20/20 story to learn more about the boy behind the story.

We wrapped up the week with Mary Hundt from Wisconsin, Sarah Gobe from Maryland, and with the incredible Sherron Gaughan again.

Did you miss connecting for World Read Aloud Day this year?  Mark your calendars for next year and then in the meantime let go of whatever has been holding you back and get connected for Read Across America Day coming up March 2nd!  Shannon Miller has compiled some great resources for Read Across America Day here:

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