Read Aloud, Reach Out, Make Global Connections

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| By Gale Staff |

Students around the world have been challenged in unforeseen ways in 2020. Now, as they embark on a new school year in various environments, the need to be engaged and connected is undeniable. Educators, parents, grandparents – all are invited to participate in Global Read Aloud 2020, a free resource created in 2010 by Pernille Ripp, a teacher and expert in literacy and technology integration. Since its debut, millions of students from more than 86 countries have participated. Thorndike Press is especially excited to provide the program’s 2020 selected titles in large print for upper elementary/middle grade students.

The premise is simple: teachers/interested adults are asked to read a selected title aloud to students during a six-week period, October 5-November 13, 2020. Participants are then encouraged to create global connections with other groups around the world using mail, email, social media, Skype or any other communications tools; each group can determine the scope and depth of their outreach.

Foster opportunities for students to forge connections across cultures and gain a deeper understanding of the world around them with these Global Read Aloud 2020 selections available from Thorndike Press:

Indian No More by Charlene Willing Mcmanis & Traci Sorell
ISBN 9781432884628

“A good starting point to introduce the legacy of tribal termination.”

“Readers will be moved as they become invested in Regina’s predicament. Is she still Indian, American, or both–and what does that mean for her and her family?”
School Library Journal

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
ISBN 9781432883249

“In her latest middle-grade historical-fiction masterpiece, Park conjures the resourceful and industrious spirit of America’s westward expansion without ignoring the ugly veneer of racism…. An incredible and much-needed addition to the historical-fiction canon.”
Booklist, STARRED review

“Fans of the Little House books will find many of the small satisfactions of Laura’s stories…here in abundance. Park brings new depth to these well-trodden tales, though, as she renders visible both the xenophobia of the town’s white residents, which ranges in expression from microaggressions to full-out assault, and Hanna’s fight to overcome it with empathy and dignity…. Remarkable.”
—Kirkus, STARRED review

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
ISBN 9781432876326

“An amazingly timely and stunningly accessible manifesto for young people….At times funny, at times somber but always packed with relevant information that is at once thoughtful and spot-on, Stamped is the book I wish I had as a young person and am so grateful my own children have now.”
―Jacqueline Woodson, bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming

“The R-word: Racism. Some tuck tail and run from it. Others say it’s no longer a thing. But Dr. Kendi breaks it down, and Jason Reynolds makes it easy to understand. Mark my words: This book will change everything.”
―Nic Stone, bestselling author of Dear Martin

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