Thursday, February 25, 2016

World Read Aloud Day

Today marked LitWorld's campaign for sharing the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. Room 116 had an extra special treat for WRAD and was able to skype with two different published authors.  We have been preparing all week, reading their stories and learning about them as authors.
We began in California with Jennifer Fosberry.  Before our skype visit we voted on which one of her stories we wanted her to read.  It was an overwhelming win for My Name is Not Isabella Girl on the Go.  We were so lucky that Mrs. Fosberry read this story as well as another one we loved called Spoons.
She explained how her famous books My Name Is Not Isabella was inspired by her daughter who loved dressing up as a princess or prince.  Mrs. Fosberry wrote her story because she wanted to teach her daughter about all the other wonderful people she could use her imagination to be such a Amelia Erhart or Sally Ride.

After that we headed to Colorado to visit with Carmela Coyle.  Mrs. Coyle took the opportunity to inspire young writers and readers by reading her silly tale The Tumbleweed Came Back and gave us recommendations of her must read books which some of us had already read.  Mrs. Coyle spoke with us about writing, and rewriting, and revising and editing and then rewriting some more.  We know from experience how authors can always make their work better!
It’s hard to imagine a more delightful holiday than World Read Aloud Day, “to celebrate the power of words and create a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people.” Never underestimate the power of reading aloud with your children.

Common Core Standard: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

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