Today, January 27, is Family Literacy Day here in Canada! Since its designation in 1999 by ABC Life Literacy Canada, Family Literacy Day is an annual celebration of reading and other activities related to literacy. “Learn at play, every day” is this year’s slogan, reflecting the link between play and reading and the development of children.
At work this week, I found a couple of picture books that were so appealing I just have to share…the first one is Planting the Wild Garden by Kathyrn O. Galbraith (illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin). Although it’s classified as fiction, it approaches non-fiction in its clear explanation of the many ways seeds can be dispersed by wind, water, animals, and people. I love how everything seems to be moving in this book, expressed in action words and noises: the crisp sound of pods snapping, the “per-chik-o-ree” of a goldfinch, the chomping of raccoons on blackberries. Portions of the text are even printed topsy-turvy on the page, reflecting the constant motion of seeds. So clever!
(2011, Peachtree Publishers, Georgia)
Well-known children’s book and fantasy author Jane Yolen’s poetry is simple, sweet, and lyrical in Sing A Season Song, and combined with Lisel Jane Ashlock’s spectacular illustrations, this book is positively breathtaking. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have kids or you’re a long way from being one yourself, it’s worth finding a copy so you can delight in the artistry and beauty.
(2015, Creative Editions, Minnesota) You can find more examples of Ashlock’s art on her website here. Chances are you may have already read a book she’s illustrated or provided the cover art for.
Spend some time reading to or with a child – not just today and not only if you’re Canadian! Kids + books = something magical and amazing! Adults + books, too…. 🙂
Thats one of the things of having grown up kids…not reading stories to them anymore. So I tutor once a week as a volunteer for a literacy program. One afternoon a week…little effort, great fun and so important. After walking and talking…reading is the next thing to learn!! Love your book choices!! xo Johanna
I love that you do this, Johanna – so incredibly valuable, and as you say, fun!
Johanna, I love that you tutor once a week. Thank you for making a difference.
What a great idea! Jane Yolen is one of my favorites. Also love the cover of “Planting the Wild Garden.”
Both books are really wonderful – I just love finding treasures like this.
Checked out her website and Lisel is a gifted illustrator, Sheryl. Such talent!
Her work is incredible!
A fantastic idee
It really is!
Such lovely books! Lisel’s website is beautiful – thanks for the introduction to her work, Sheryl.
I was delighted to find her work – definitely a huge talent!
I’m going to get my hands on both of these books. I love the day of literacy. We need it now more than ever. Great post.
I so agree – a hugely important initiative!