Each week leading up to World Read Aloud Day (February 24th) we want to join our voices around the world to celebrate one of the strengths of reading aloud. During the week of February 14-21, we celebrate how reading helps us foster hope for our world. Many students have already contributed their voices to talk about Belonging, Curiosity, Friendship, Kindness, Confidence, and Courage.
We have created a Flipgrid for you to share your responses to the following question:
If you could share a message of hope, what would you read aloud to the whole world?
We hope you will share this Flipgrid with other educators, students, and families around the world and record your responses which can last up to 90 seconds. Wouldn’t this be a great way to practice some informational writing in classrooms? Wouldn’t you love to hear stories from the families that you serve? Aren’t you curious about the perspectives on this question from around the world? Let’s join our voices and contribute responses all week long. By sharing our stories of hope, we are inspiring one another to find inspiration in the pages of books and share those pages with the world.
In addition, you might also consider coming up with your own posts in response to this week’s theme on your own blog or site. You might post about books you hope for this year or characters you would love to meet. You might post a picture of yourself with a book that gives you hope and encourage others to do the same. Whatever additional ways you choose to celebrate “Hope Week”, please tag your posts with #wrad16 and #hopeweek as well as mention @litworldsays (Twitter) and @litworld (Instagram, Facebook).
At our school, we’ll be sharing many stories of hope. A few of our picks will be Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull, Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, and many more. What books will you share?
It’s not too late to share your schedule for World Read Aloud Week on our shared Google Doc and find someone to connect with around the world.
Let’s encourage one another this week with stories of hope throughout our global community.