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Global Read Aloud: GRA 2018

A guide to the annual global read aloud

GRA Picture Books

My Heart Fills with Happiness / ni Mîyawâten Niteh Ohcih

The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy. International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote My Heart Fills with Happinessto support the wellness of Indigenous children and families, and to encourage young children to reflect on what makes them happy. Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this paperback as a dual-language (English and Plains Cree) edition.

You Hold Me Up

This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other's well-being in their everyday actions. Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Upto prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our littlest citizens.

A Day with Yayah

The entire family goes out for a romp in the woods picking mushrooms and herbs. Grandmother passes down her knowledge of plant life.

When We Were Alone

When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. When We Were Aloneis a story about a difficult time in history and, ultimately, one of empowerment and strength.

Schedule Julie Flett

Week 1: My Heart Fills With Happiness
Week 2: Wild Berries
Week 3: You Hold Me Up
Week 4: A Day With Yayah
Week 5: When We Were Alone

Resources Julie Flett

GRA A Boy called BAT

Schedule A Boy Called BAT

Week 1:  Chapters 1 – 4

Week 2:  Chapters 5 -8

Week 3:  Chapters 9 – 12

Week 4:  Chapters 13 – 16

Week 5:  Chapters 17 – 21

Week 6:  Chapters 22 – End

Resources A Boy called BAT

GRA Refugee

Schedule Refugee

Week 1:  Pages 1 – 55

Week 2:  Pages 56 – 92

Week 3:  Pages 93 – 146

Week 4: Pages 147 – 196

Week 5:  Pages 197 – 252

Week 6:  253 – End


Resources Refugee

Teacher Resources

Twitter Feed Refugee

GRA Amal Unbound

Schedule Amal Unbound

Week 1: Chapters 1 – 8

Week 2: Chapters 9 – 16

Week 3: Chapters 17 – 24

Week 4: Chapters 25 – 32

Week 5: Chapters 33 – 40

Week 6: Chapters 41 – End

Resources Amal Unbound