Late this month each branch will celebrate Family Literacy Day with a reading marathon. A schedule of volunteer readers will be set up, and kids who come to listen will enter their names into a prize draw. Dates and times in each branch are available in the library and on the website. If you enjoy reading to children, sign up for a slot, and bring along any kids, grandkids, or the neighbours.
In preparation for the event, all the titles this month will be the classics that have been enjoyed by families for generations. I’ll start with my family favourite, Dr. Seuss’ One fish two fish red fish blue fish. I always found this particular book strikes a perfect balance, with its bizarre, imaginative creatures, and its beginning reader level prose. Like many of Dr. Seuss’ books, it stimulates the imagination and offers a message of acceptance and exploration. It is appropriate for sharing or independent reading.
The toughest thing about Dr. Seuss books is choosing a favourite. Other ones like Hooray for Diffendoofer Day, The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who, and Oh the Places you’ll go have found a place of honour on children’s bookshelves, and in their hearts.