Just download and print these great valentines (by the awesome Jan Dolby) and have yourself a very Gabby Valentine’s Day!
If you’re not familiar with 49th Shelf, get yerself on over there and check it out. It’s a terrific website that promotes Canadian literature.
They were kind enough to let me publish a guest post this week. Please take a look at my article, which talks about three things – just three – you can do to help instill a love of reading in your child.
Here’s the article on 49th Shelf.
I am reading GABBY at Word on the Street this Sunday. It’s my first public book reading… ever. So naturally, I’m a bit nervous. And, naturally, I wanted to try the book out with some kids first in a smaller setting to see what I might need to tweak.
Hillcrest school was kind enough to lend me a lovely JK/SK class for 20 minutes or so. (Thank you to the teachers and the principal for setting that up!)
Here’s what I learned:
Wish me luck!
Just finished sewing some stuffed fabric letters that I’ll use as props when I do book readings for Gabby.
A local wedding dress designer donated some fabric (including some raw silk – check out the J!) and my friend Jane is helping me stuff the letters; I still need a few more.
They’ll be fun for kids to throw around and put together into words, just like Gabby does.
Playing with letters–whether they’re Scrabble tiles, letter dice like the ones in Jr. Boggle or these stuffed letters–gets kids interacting with words and is a great first step in the literacy process.