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World Read-Aloud Day 2021

World Read Aloud

North Merrick School District participated in World Read-Aloud Day on February 3 with over a dozen authors, illustrators and poets from around the country visiting virtually with K-6 classes to talk about their books and careers.

Highlights include author Robin Yardi interacting with sixth grade students in Ms. Castle's class at Harold D. Fayette School from her sunny garden in California, as the students looked outside at 14 inches of snow! Ms. Yardi had an in-depth discussion with the students and answered their questions about her middle-level mystery novel, Owl's Outstanding Donuts

Meanwhile, Ms. Ziminski's kindergarten class at Old Mill Road School was inspired by the poems in Laura Perdie Salas' book, Snowman-Cold=Puddle: Spring Equations, which mixes math with metaphor to narrate the change of seasons in a whole new way.  

Ms. Morello's remote second grade class was delighted to learn that author Melissa Farrell is also a teacher at H.D. Fayette School. Ms. Farrell shared her heartwarming book, Frankie's Muscles, about a special, strong boy who has Muscular Dystrophy.

And, Ms. Chan's first grade class at Camp Avenue School learned about the important role of illustration in books from Anna Raff's colorful drawings of two siblings and their dog exploring scientific concepts in Magnets Push, Magnets Pull.  

"It was an inspirational and eventful day of reading for our students," said Christine Talbot, the district's instructional technology coordinator who enthusiastically arranges this event each year.