Sadly, in response to the COVID-19 virus, all Global Book Hour sessions are on hold. We are seeking new and creative ways to stay in touch remotely until we can get together again. Check out our current book list. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope all of our GBH participants and supporters remain safe and healthy.
While the Global Book Hour in-person sessions are on hold, GBH has not stopped thinking about its mission to promote literacy and global understanding through community-based activities!
To continue providing area families with the books they love, the GBH hosted an outdoor Curbside Pickup event at Buffalo State and is posting new Global Book Hour Virtual Read Alouds on YouTube.
The Global Book Hour integrates geography, vocabulary, music, visual arts, and healthy eating into a weekly, one-hour, session held at local businesses.
Each week focuses on a different part of the world, and all activities center on "travel" to this location. Children and their families participate in the weekly activities, and continue learning with the book received, and through suggested activites made available at the session and online.
Buffalo State undergraduate and graduate students facilitate the GBH program. A clinically-rich field experience, the GBH allows teacher candidates from a variety of disciplines to work together to lead this university-business-community partnership.
The GBH began in spring 2010 as a partnership between the Elementary Education and Reading Department and Wegmans on Amherst Street. Healthy snacks are provided by Wegmans.
Cancelled until further notice.
Want to participate in the Global Book Hour? There are many ways for volunteers, students, parents, community members, and donors to be a part of this amazing program. Click here to find opportunites for becoming involved in Global Book Hour!
Each semester the Global Book Hour brings a unique and engaging collection of books to the community. View the full list of past and current books; all would be a great addition to any home library!
Want the full history? Download an annotated bibliography of all past and current books!
Coordinator, Global Book Hour
Visit the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library website to learn how to:
The Global Book Hour is making an impact on the level of interest and success children experience with reading and literacy, as well as their comfort within social situations and interactions. Read our Parent Testimonials to learn just how much of an impact GBH is having on communities and families!
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