Pre-school story time is beginning in many libraries. It is a time when we promote reading and learning for everyone, children and adults included. One of my favourite books about learning is Jeremiah learns to read by Jo Ellen Bogart, and illustrated by Laura Fernandez and Rick Jacobson.
Jeremiah knows many things about caring for the land, growing food, and life, but he can’t read. From the illustrations in the book, one would guess that Jeremiah is in his seventies. When he expresses his dismay about not being able to read, his wife and family tell him, “then learn”. Jeremiah does exactly that. He gets up, makes breakfast, packs his lunch, and walks to school with the neighbourhood children. He returns each day and gradually learns his alphabet; the sight and sound of each letter. He practices making the letters and eventually he is able to not only read, but write his own stories as well. What I find especially endearing is that the author points out the things that Jeremiah teaches the other students and the teacher.
This beautiful book celebrates the way we all have something we can learn, but we all have wisdom and experiences to share as well.