FENWAY AND HATTIE by Victoria J. Coe was selected as the early reader/early elementary book for the 2017 Global Read Aloud. With an emphasis on perspective this year, the books and picture book author were chosen with the goal of helping students to see the world in a new light, make connections, and build community within their own classrooms as well as with thousands of participating classrooms across the globe.
The purpose of this annual six-week program is to make the world a little smaller, to open students’ eyes to the rest of the world, and look at all of our shared experiences. GRA founder Pernille Ripp says, “How phenomenal for a child to know that the same book they are reading is being read in classrooms across the globe.”
Each year, classrooms from K-12 around the world listen to one read-aloud book while making as many global connections as possible. There is a picture book study for the youngest students and four books designated for early elementary, middle grade, middle school, and high school; however teachers are encouraged to read the book most suitable for their students. Since 2010, more than two million students have participated in the Global Read Aloud.
About Fenway and Hattie, Pernille Ripp explains, “Fenway and the story of how he sees the world is one that is bound to make us laugh but also see our world in a different view; what can happen when we simply change our perspective?”
Congrats to Victoria J. Coe! Join the Global Read Aloud this year by picking up any of the selected books!