What’s the Global Read Aloud? Well, in short, for every age group, a book is picked that classrooms across the globe read aloud and then use to connect over Twitter, Skype, etc. with others reading the same book (in the case of picture books, an author, illustrator, or author/illustrator is picked to have many of their books read). Founded by Pernille Ripp in 2010, the Global Read Aloud has millions of participants across 80 countries annually.
(Note for all teachers out there – GRA is an incredible experience – you should totally look into it. Details are here.)
What does being a finalist mean? It means that YOU can help select which of the following picture book creators will have their books read aloud to classrooms across the globe in 2018. The finalists include:
A combination of Julie Flett and Monique Gray Smith.
Pat Zietlow Miller
I’m incredibly honored to be on a list with these amazing artists. To be honest, it’s a bit surreal.
I’m truly honored and thrilled. Dear Dragon was one of twenty incredible picture books bestowed with this award as selected by members of the Nerdy Book Club. Thank you so much! And congratulations to Rodolfo Montalvo, who created all of the stellar art, and everyone at Viking/Penguin who helped make this book as awesome as I like to think it is and got it into the hands of children and educators and parents and Nerdy Book Club members!
I’ve got stellar news! Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast was announced as a Fiction Picture Book Winner of the 2015 Nerdy Book Club Awards (or Nerdies). What are the Nerdies? According to Donalyn Miller, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club:
The Nerdy Book Club began as a book award blog. Dismayed that so many books our students (and we) loved to read were overlooked during book award season, Colby [Sharp, Nerdy Book Club co-founder] and I created a people’s choice award for children’s and young adult book lovers. While the blog has expanded beyond our original dreams for it, we still host the Nerdy Book Club Awards, or Nerdies, every December. The award finalists exemplify the best children’s and young adult books for the current year—as nominated by the readers of Nerdy Book Club blog readers. Imagine an up-to-date bookshelf of engaging, high-quality titles hand-picked by savvy librarians and teachers who read and celebrate children’s books.
I’m truly honored (and rather overjoyed) that Lady Pancake is listed among these fantastic books (several of which I’ve shared in my Two for You’s). I think it’s safe to say I speak on behalf of the publisher, Sterling Children’s, and illustrator Brendan Kearney when I say I’d like to thank all the educators, students, parents, readers, and nerds who voted. I’m extremely pleased that Lady Pancake has been able to reach so many classrooms, libraries, and readers.