Archive for September 2012

Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

Stella Batts Needs a New Name by Courtney Sheinmel, illustrated by Jennifer Bell

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

It has been a wonderful summer of learning and fun adventures! Even as I begin to write this my daughters are being amazed by the athletic feats of the paraolympic women and men. We applaud their courage and outstanding skills!

This has also been a very empowering summer for Elizabeth and Sophie. Both have made great progress in swimming, showing commitment to learning, and being the best individuals they can in the face of constant change (for Sophie – leaving her daycare familiarity and family after more than 4 years; for Elizabeth – evolving into a hand-raising, pick-me child who discovers how to float as the magician’s assistant at the CNE!) Both of my daughters surprise and amaze me regularly!

We have had a terrific time participating in the Toronto Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, seeing the behaviour of our visiting turtle Speedy and enjoying all this summer offered. Part of that was Elizabeth beginning to read chapter books on her own (starting with Stella Batts Needs a New Name, by Courtney Sheinmel and birthday gift Ramona Quimby, Age 8, by Beverly Cleary)

With fall around the corner, we are getting back on our regular reading together schedule. A recent favorite has allowed us to focus on story telling through illustrations rather than the words has been Dog Loves Drawings, by Louise Yates. This dog loves books so much he owns a bookstore! Then one day he receives a blank book for drawing and discovers the joy of creating his own characters and story. Make sure you have your pencils sharpened and some blank pages ready before you start this one!

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It’s hard to believe it has been over a year since Emerging Readers started. Thanks for visiting! It has been great to share so many  good books to inspire young people’s interest in reading. Now we are looking for our next creative adventure, so this will be the last post here.

In the meantime don’t forget what a wonderful place the TPL (or your local library) is for providing you with new ideas and great books. Keep reading – and we look forward to the next time our paths cross!