I’ve always enjoyed reading. From my earliest memories, books were a major part of my life, so when I got pregnant with my first child, I did what I do, and started to read. I would read to my son while he was in my stomach. Robert Munsch Love you Forever was on repeat and anything by Shel Silverstein, who has always been a favourite.
When my son was born, I literally couldn’t wait to try out some of the programs, with Storytime being at the top of my list. Even though he was little, we both would get so excited to get out and listen to the stories and sing some of the songs that I heard as a child. It became a staple of our weekly routine. We made friends and found the sort of familiarity you would expect to find in such a family-oriented space.
Fast-forward a few years later, plus another child, and the Library still is that special place everyone gets excited to go visit. But whenever I look back and think of the early days with two small kids, those Thursday mornings will forever be some of the most special memories that I cherish.
Right now, in our house we are big fans of Jory John. The Cool Bean and The Good Egg being some of our favourites. These are great stories that talk about some prevalent topics in kids lives – kindness, bullying and the importance of being a nice friend. We also love reading Dragons Love Tacos and Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin. These are hilarious stories that the whole family doesn’t mind hearing over and over again.
Other titles you can find on our bookshelves are:
- Fox in Socks and Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
- The Little Critter series by Mercer Meyer
- Press Here by Hervé Tullet
- The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith and;
- The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
We are already counting down the days until school's out and we can head downtown and spend the day enjoying all the amazing programs and activities the Library has to offer.