Celebrate World Read Aloud Day

Celebrate World Read Aloud Day
Posted on 02/03/2022
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Carole Lindstrom (Anishinabe/Métis) reads her book, "We Are Water Protectors," to Salt River Elementary School students for World Read Aloud Day 2022. She also takes time to answer several questions from SRES students.

Thanks to the generosity of the Salt River Schools NYCP Literacy for All program, every SRES student and teacher received a copy of Carole's book. (SRES students who didn't receive their copy can get theirs once we return to in-person learning; contact Mrs. Yurek for details.)

"We Are Water Protectors" is a New York Times bestseller and received the 2021 Caldecott Medal for the gorgeous illustrations by Tlingit/Haida artist Michaela Goade (she is the first Indigenous person to win the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal for best American picture book for children).

World Read Aloud Day is a global holiday celebrated annually in over 173 countries, and is all about bringing people together through the shared connection of reading aloud. For 2022, Scholastic invites you to attend World Read Aloud Day Book Fest, three days of fun and free virtual events!

  • 00:45 Carole describes her inspiration for writing the book - the Lakota people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (located in North Dakota and South Dakota), who in 2016 stood alongside tens of thousands of other water protectors in defiant opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. While the major protests have dissipated, the people of Standing Rock continue to fight against oil interests. Learn more at https://standwithstandingrock.net/.
  • 2:43 Carole introduces award winning illustrator Michaela Goade.
  • 3:05 Carole reads the book aloud.
  • 6:55 Carole reads the Earth Steward and Water Protector Pledge. Students are encouraged to recite and sign the pledge and try to honor it in their daily life.
  • 7:42 Carole answers questions submitted by SRES students
  • Colin Chinchilla (1st Grade) What’s your favorite book?
    • Hennellie Blic (1st Grade) Can you write a book about my family
    • Penelope Garza (3rd Grade) Are you a water protector?
    • Jayden Shelde (3rd Grade) How was the picture of the earth made
    • Cedaniel Garcia (5th Grade) How do you know what to write about
    • Brionna Carlos (6th Grade) Why did you want to become an author when you could have done anything else?
    • Lexi Milford (6th Grade) Can you tell us about where you come from and about your family?
    • Lacey Richards (6th Grade) Are you writing more books? Can you tell us about them?
    • Kayla Schurz (6th Grade) What did you learn while writing this book?
  • 24:45 Carole signs off.
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