WRAD...Take 2

After all of our plans and preparation for World Read Aloud Day, the one thing I couldn't control was the weather.  On Wednesday, March 6, we had a snow day!  6 inches of snow had fallen, drifted, and kept us at home.  I was disappointed, but knew we could move our plans.

I frantically emailed/tweeted the authors I had been scheduled to skype with and emailed the teachers that we would have World Read Aloud Day on Thursday and Friday as we worked all the details out with our (rescheduled) state testing schedule.  I rescheduled Gae Polisner for the next Wednesday, Ame Dyckman for Friday, and unfortunately haven't been able to yet reschedule Tom Angleberger.  We're working on it, but there's spring break for both of us as well as that big thing he has coming up called a book tour!  I really hope we can connect before the end of the school year.  My 6th graders just love him!

Thursday was just as awesome as I had hoped Wednesday, WRAD, would be. (World Read Aloud Day -- Take 2!) Teachers visited classrooms to read to students they normally don't have an opportunity to interact with and enjoy.  To me, it was amazing to witness.  High school teachers read to elementary students.  High school students read to elementary students.  It was AWESOME! Here are just a few pictures (I really need to make a video because I took a ton!):

The fun continued on Friday as our scheduled buddy classroom reads between a 6th grade class and 1st grade class as well as an 8th grade class and a 3rd grade class took place.

The highlight of Friday, for me, was having 84 1st graders all in one classroom to skype with the amazing Ame Dyckman!  We had tech problems.  Our school's internet connection was overloaded and wasn't fast enough for a clear video call.  Then, once connected Ame could see us but not hear us!  The good news is that all of the 1st graders, teachers, student teachers, and me could all see and hear Ame!  She read us Boy + Bot, shared favorite books, showed us books from the library, robots from her collection, and told us about her upcoming books!  She was bubbly, energetic, funny, and we were all completely entranced by her.   Students held up their questions to the camera for her to read and answer.  We improvised and it worked out better than fine!

I took a few pictures during the skype (but not of my son asking Ame his questions! :()  Check it out below:

I also sent out a video to the staff of some of our teachers with their favorite books.  I didn't get pictures of everyone, but it was still fun to create!  I hope teachers shared it with students!

I was able to share and read with several library classes on Thursday and Friday, both middle and high school.  I read Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems, a portion of The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, and a chapter from The Qwikpick Adventure Society by Sam Riddleberger a.k.a Tom Angleberger!

I'm really looking forward to our high school author skype with Gae Polisner this week and will share about it here.

I'm also looking forward to next year's World Read Aloud Day.  I'll bet more classrooms and teachers will get involved.  Avoiding the state testing window would be even better for our participation!

Hope you had a great World Read Aloud Day whether it was on Wednesday, Friday, or all week long!  Really, every day should be World Read Aloud Day, right?!

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