It’s time once again for the World Read Aloud Day blogging challenge as we count down the days to this special week-long event of sharing stories with one another across the miles. My friend and super librarian, Matthew Winner, has outlined the challenge on his blog.
The World Read Aloud Day “Speak Your Story” Blogging Challenge begins February 9 and runs through March 8. If you choose to take the challenge, each week you will be asked to write a post in response to a prompt or question (outlined below), for a total of 4 posts counting down to World Read Aloud Day.
Each of the prompts addresses the WRAD theme “Speak Your Story.” Speak Your Story encapsulates that simple yet effective way that we connect with others by sharing our stories aloud. Your voice is powerful and when a story is shared a bond is made.
Week 3: February 23 – March 1
Find a puppet, stuffed animal, or image of your favorite kid lit character. Next, take a selfie with the character. You now have a picture with your WRAD companion. He or she can travel with you wherever you go and whenever you speak up about World Read Aloud Day. Post the image as your profile picture on all of your most-used social media venues (Skype, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter).
I wanted to involve my students in this experience, and I’m so glad I did. This has been a very popular activity in the 3 short days we spent at school last week due to ice. I really wished that we could have done this longer before I posted. I pulled all of the plush book characters from around the library and put them on cushions at the front of the library. I put an iPad with them and invited students to start taking their own selfies. Some of them got very creative with how they did this!
Every student who came in was smiling and laughing as they picked out a character to hug and pose with. Here’s a look at our selfie gallery.
I chose to do a selfie with characters from Kate DiCamillo books. I specifically chose Despereaux and Winn Dixie. I love what these two characters represent. Despereaux is an unlikely hero. He’s small, looks a little different than a “normal” mouse, but has a huge heart filled with bravery. I love how he proves that heroes can come from unlikely places and that we all need to believe in ourselves no matter what. Winn Dixie represents so much about the importance of community. I love how Winn Dixie was a change agent for Opal’s life in the story. Because of him, Opal explored her community, met unique people, and gathered the stories of her whole community. She found friends, made connections, and exemplified the power of sharing our stories aloud with one another.
Join me and countless others as we celebrate LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day on March 4th, 2015 and throughout that entire week. Check out the shared Google Doc to find a connecting class or post your own schedule.