We celebrated World Read Aloud Day all week long at Van Meter by joining LitWorld's global reading movement of making a difference in the lives of others through books, sharing, and reading.
All week long we brought wonderful new books, authors, illustrators, friends, students, teachers, and schools around the country into our library and school community.
21 Skype connections to be exact!
Over the last two months, I have been making connections through Twitter, Facebook, and emails with others interested in connecting for WRAD. And several reached out to us too. One place we signed up to make connections was a Google Doc shared with me from a friend on Twitter.
We have used wiki's and Google Doc's to organize big collaborative events like this over the last three years....always an easy way to set up connections.
I kept track of our WRAD schedule within another Google Doc just for Van Meter. I had to stay super organized for this one and I wanted everyone to know what was happening in the library during WRAD week.
You can check out a Padlet we started together, "Lets Celebrate World Read Aloud Day Together", and add your favorite books that you have read too. We will continue to add to this with our friends around the world.
On Tuesday, we Skyped with our amazing friend Laurel Snyder, author of Bigger Than A Bread Box, Penny Dreadful, and Inside The Slidy Dinner. Laurel tells such a sweet story of becoming a writer and encourages all of the young writers around me to never give up on their dreams of doing what they want to do.
The next day was World Read Aloud...the day we had been waiting for all year.Jesse Klausmeier, author of Open This Little Book, a new favorite in our library. She visited our 3rd graders a few weeks ago and I wrote about it here.
Our kindergarteners asked Jesse the sweetest questions after she read to all of us.Okle Miller, an elementary teacher librarian from Valrico, Florida.
We had planned to have a special guest with us for this Skype visit. Bacon, a pot-bellied pig from Van Meter, was going to come visit but the snow was too deep for him to walk to school. So we focused on one of the most popular animals in Florida.....Manatees.
Okle read I'm A Manatee by John Lithgow....
When the weather is a little nicer Bacon will be visiting our school and we will be Skyping with Okle and her students again. This time we will read The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz and have fun sharing a little of Iowa with our new friends in Florida.
Tom Angleberger and his beautiful wife Cece Bell, who is also an author and illustrator.
Fake Mustache, Origami Yoda, and several others. He always does the greatest job of getting the kids soooo excited about reading, writing, and creating things that are fun.
The third graders and I Skyped with our dear friend Robert Forbes, who is a poet and author of Beastly Feasts, Lets Have A Bite, and his newest book Beast Friends Forever.
Robert encouraged the kids to find poems in everything and encouraged them to write too.
Erica Perl author of When Life Gives You O.J., Dotty, and two of our absolute all-time favorite picture books.....Chicken Butt! and Chicken Butt's Back! Skyped with us.
Erica spoke to the 1st graders about writing, creating rhymes and poems, and told the kids they were all authors and writing books.
And for a super special treat Erica shared King of the Zoo that doesn't even come out until this summer.
Marjan Ghara founder of our favorite online children's book community BiblioNasium Skyped from New York City. She read If You Give A Pancake and spoke to the 1st graders about how important and fun reading is.
You can read more about BiblioNasium and how we are using it at the post BiblioNasium...An Awesome New "Virtual Reading Community" Our Students Love.
Marjan created these beautiful BiblioNasium bookmarks for us and we just had to take another one home today. She has become a very special friend of ours at Van Meter.Donna Gephart Skyping from Florida. Donna brings so much happy and fun when she visits us. We love hearing her funny stories.
Donna told us about her new book coming out, Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen. They noticed that the cover we had at Van Meter was different than the final cover, so Donna told us the reasons why.post all about her WRAD on her blog Wild About Words. Thank you Donna for including us and the Harlem Shake!
FindingDulcinea asked his son what he should read to our 5th graders. He read a chapter from Code Talker. Mark loves reading and connecting with the young people at Van Meter....
and we just love having him here too.Mrs. P's Magic Library, is a favorite place our students love to visit.
One of our 3rd graders, Shae, wrote about our Skype with Mrs. P on her KidBlog. As you can see...they love Mrs. P.Seymour Simon and his wife Liz Nealon. They have created one of our favorite places for eBooks, StarWalk Kids Media. And of course Seymour's print books are extremely popular in our library.
They were very excited when Seymour told them about a new series of books that he has written called Einstein Anderson, Science Geek. Each book has five stories and each of the stories end with a challenge to the reader to solve a mystery. There is also a science experiment or project included in each too. The first book in the series is The Impossible Shrinking Machine and Other Cases. The first 8 books will be on StarWalk Kids in about a month or so....We just can't wait!
wrote about Seymour on her KidBlog too!
My friend Ellisa Malespina, the teacher librarian at South Orange Middle School in New Jersey, and I planned a Mystery Book Skype between Melissa Butler (6th grade from her school) and Janelle Thompson's (5th grade from Van Meter) students. We decided to created a game in JeopardyLabs.com to play together during World Read Aloud Day week. The students created the questions and we came together for a hour that day to play.
We connected on Thursday morning. I will be writing more about this project and connection in the next post on my blog.
Jenny Kostecki....Thanks to my dear friend Andy Plemmons who suggested it when we connected our 2nd graders on a blogging project a few weeks ago.
amazing website, I connected with her and asked if she would like to join us for World Read Aloud Day. It was so wonderful having her visit our library and students that she has touched with her book.
Mackin Educational Resources. She is a collection development librarian at Mackin so gets to see all of the super cool books before they even are released. She shared two of those picture books with the first graders for World Read Aloud Day.
Elephant and Piggie book as a class to our kids.....and we all LOVE Mo Williems books.
Poem In Your Pocket Day coming up on April 18th. It will be great connecting with Mary's students again.
Here is a view from Crystal's library too.
World Read Aloud Day: What A Wonderful Day! on her blog, Meridan's Little Voice.
World Read Aloud Day is a very special day. We always turn it into a very special week. And it is one that we all look forward to every year.
One thing it brings to us is the inspiration and excitement to read and share throughout the year.
A very special thank you for everyone who connected with us throughout the week. You made a difference.
We can all make a difference through reading, books, sharing, and creating. We can change the world.