Having tweeted out a message the other night asking who might be interested in a ‘kiwi read aloud’, I received some instant feedback.
An idea which started by gaining interest from colleagues at my own school has developed into an exciting concept open to teachers with classes of Year 7 or 8 students around Aotearoa.
Like Pernille Ripp said when she started the Global Read Aloud “collaboration is necessary to show students that they are part of something bigger than them.” Having been involved in the GRA and seeing the power of global collaboration around ONE BOOK, it makes sense to start something with a ‘kiwi flavour’.
So here it is #NZreadaloud.
The idea (at this point in time) is to focus on Kiwi authors who write stories that kiwi kids can relate to and visualise.
Our first #NZreadaloud is an ‘action-adventure’ called Ride of the Katipo by Stu Duvall. With lots of wonderful characters, easy to visualise kiwi scenery, and a plot full of suspense, it is the perfect easy read aloud to begin our #NZreadaloud journey.