Pernille Ripp (she/her)

“We hold the future of the world in our hands when we teach children and our teaching should reflect that weight. That is why I teach, so that every child will have the opportunity to live fully realized, to be safe, and to be valued. It starts with us, every day, and how we can give back power to the children in our care and co-create change to live up to the expectations kids have of us.”


Pernille Ripp spends a lot of time observing, reflecting, teaching, and speaking to children in order to create sustainable pathways for other educators to create change in their learning experiences. She has taught ages 5 to 14 and is currently invested in learning about early childhood through her work in Denmark. She is an author, blogger, and passionate advocate for education, and a globally sought-after speaker and coach. All of her work is centered on co-creating spaces with children that protect, develop, and sustain their individual learning identities, no matter their ages.

Pernille’s current research interest is in creating passionate literacy environments within the restriction of our current educational systems to help students fall in love with literacy again.  She is the author of Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students (Routledge), now in its third edition, Empowered Schools, Empowered Students (Corwin), Reimagining Literacy Through Global Collaboration (Solution Tree), and Passionate Readers (Routledge) focusing on creating learning spaces and communities where students thrive and all stakeholders are empowered and passionate about learning.

Pernille is also the founder of The Global Read Aloud. Started in 2010, the free global literacy initiative began with a simple goal: one book to connect the world. Currently, over 1 million students across 85 different countries participate every year. Their participation is facilitated by a community of over 40K educators and literacy advocates from around the world, ranging from classroom teachers to district leaders. This community of passionate educators is on the cutting edge of practices led by Pernille’s vision and leadership for better literacy practices around the world.

These days, Pernille calls Denmark home again, where when she is not writing or teaching, you can find her surrounded by her four energetic and amazing kids, lovely husband, and with a book in her hand.

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