Yesterday, I celebrated World Read Aloud Day with my fourth graders. We has a blast: reading aloud to each other, Skyping with authors, reading aloud to other classrooms, and Skyping with another class of readers.
We started the day off Skyping with the lovely and talented Katie Davis. Katie shared with the revisions from her picture book Little Chicken’s Big Day. They got to see most of the 58 drafts of one of the pictures in Little Chicken’s Big Day.
I really liked when Katie shared with the class the importance of an editor. She let them know that I am like their editor, and that they should probably listen to me. Thanks, Katie!
In the afternoon we Skyped with Michael Scotto. Michael visited our school in the fall, so the visit felt a lot like hanging out with an old friend. It was AWESOME! Michael talked a little bit about his new book and he shared some great books that he’s been reading.
Michael also read from his new picture book Nothing but The Truth. Michael takes reading aloud very seriously. Have you seen his NERDY BOOK CLUB POST? Michael hit a home run with his picture book read aloud. Never before in my life have I felt characters come to life in a reading, like I did when Michael read. He is a true professional.
The highlight of the Skype for my students was when they got to meet Michael’s “little red tornado”.
We ended the day Skyping with Chrystal Brunelle’s students. My students loved reading them an Elephant & Piggie book.
It was a great day!