Glebe Reading Programs

Dr. Suess Reading Quote

The Glebe PTA has funded purchases of library books, reading room materials, and class subscriptions. In addition, the PTA works with our teachers to co-sponsor several programs that spark the literary imagination of Glebe’s young writers and readers.

Celebrity Author Visits

Each year, we strive to have at least two author visits, one for grade K-2 and one for grades 3 – 5.

The PTA reading program coordinator identifies and organizes these author visits to Glebe, and also arranges to sell their books (signed) at a reduced rate in advance of event.

It is very special for our students to meet these authors and hear them read from their books. A huge thanks goes out to parent volunteers and Glebe’s fabulous library staff who put these events together. The authors are able to bring their books to life for the kids, as well as to discuss the process of reading and writing.

Let’s Welcome Author Ginjer L. Clarke on November 13, 2019!

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade classes will have the opportunity to meet nonfiction children’s author Ginjer L. Clarke on Wednesday, November 13.

Ginjer writes fun, fact-filled nonfiction science books about wild, wonderful animals and places that make learning about nature entertaining and engaging.

During her time with students, Ginjer will read from her books and talk about being an author, how a book gets made, writing tips and exercises, and fascinating facts about some unusual creatures.

If you want to order a book and have it signed by Ginjer, please complete the order form attached and submit the form and payment to the Glebe Library before Friday, October 25, 2019.

Ginjer Clarke Book Order Form

Past program highlights…

Anna JamesIn fall 2019, Glebe students were treated to a visit by author Anna James. (Find out more and order some additional books here!)

James is the author of the engaging Pages & Co. series, which features the exploits of Tilly Pages, a bookwanderer, who can travel inside books, and even talk to the characters she meets there. When characters such as Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland began showing up at her grandparents’ bookshop for real, adventures ensue, and Tilly finds herself on a journey to try to discover what happened to her mother, who disappeared years earlier.

Anna James – a writer, journalist, and book news editor for The Bookseller – was visiting from London, where she describes herself as living in a flat full of books. She worked as a librarian, before becoming a bestselling author, and her latest  Pages & Co. series is described by Publisher’s Weekly is as “An affectionate ode to books and book lovers.”

During the 2018-2019 school year, Glebe students were also very excited about the visit by author Hena Khan.

On her website (, she provides some details about herself:

“I’m a Pakistani-American Muslim who was born and raised in Maryland, and enjoy sharing and writing about my culture and religion. I’ve also written about a bunch of other topics, from spies to space travel, that take me out of my reality and on adventures. While not quite as thrilling, I’ve had a few adventures of my own, managed to get to some pretty fantastic places on our planet, and met incredible people. I’m slightly obsessed with Spain, ceramic tiles and pottery, food, flamenco, and good coffee. When I’m not cooking up a story, I’m often actually cooking food or baking treats. I also spend time writing and editing for international organizations that work to improve the health and lives of people around the world.”

Hena Khan presented to grades K-3. Parents could order books using the special book order form, in partnership with Barstons Child’s Play.

In recent years, we hosted author Rob Buyea, sponsored by Alexandria’s only independent bookstore, Hooray for Books! That visit was geared to our upper grades.

As Rob Buyea says, “While teaching elementary school I soon realized that in order to teach reading and writing, I needed to be a reader and writer first.  I began reading all sorts of wonderful books.  Then I began writing. 

First, I wrote about our math classroom, the sorts of activities we were doing and problems we were investigating.  Then I began writing stories.  My students’ stories were so impressive, I was inspired to write my own.  In the beginning, I wrote short ones, nothing too serious.  But then one afternoon I was struck by an idea that really excited me.  Soon after that I found a group of amazing writers to meet with.  I listened to them, and eventually shared my work.  Looking back, my writing was not very strong, but they liked my story, and they encouraged me to continue.  And so I did.  I made a large amount of progress on that manuscript before Mr. Terupt and his students told me to write about them first.  I hope to return to that original story one day. 

Pay attention to the world around you, stories are everywhere.  And if you have a story, you have something to write about.”

Author Visit - Rob Buyea

We are actively seeking volunteers to assist with this project for 2019-2020. Please contact us if you are interested.

The volunteer for this program coordinates with the librarian to contact authors and coordinate the visit and related logistics. The volunteer also photocopies and distributes order forms for books, if needed. The volunteer may be asked to be present during assemblies or provide additional support to the visiting author, as needed.

Mystery Readers

Mystery ReaderThe Mystery Reader Program is a fun way to bring parents, grandparents, older siblings, and other “surprise” guests into younger classrooms at Glebe. Room parents usually run these sign-ups, sending a note to all the other parents in their classroom explaining that their teacher has selected a certain date and time for the weekly “Mystery Reader” to visit for 25 minutes.

The room parents schedule readers related to each student over the course of the year. Mystery Readers can be mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, babysitters, family friends — anyone who will be a fun surprise for your student. Most of the time, the readers will be scheduled so that every student has one reader before there are repeats.

The room parent then collects three clues for each reader on their list. The students try to figure out each week’s reader based on CLUES (BEFORE the reader arrives). The Mystery Reader program also helps to build a class’ library. If possible, the Mystery Reader can bring a NEW BOOK to read that will be donated to the classroom library after the reading session.

Other Reading Programs

Glebe Summer Reading

Rhyme and Cheese Nights

Annual Glebe Book Swap

Glebe Spring Book Fair

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