This is Literacy Week in my city, and today I had the pleasure of reading The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier and A Hero Named Howe by Mike Leonetti to a group of Grade Four and Grade Five students at James Gibbons School.
I love being read to and I love reading to other people. These students were very attentive and interested in the books and in hockey in general (It is our national sport). Reading to a group is similar to telling stories around a campfire – but we need good stories and audiences which are interested. I was fortunate to have both.
We had time for questions, and the students were not shy about asking them.
'How old are you?'
'Do you like to read?'
'Is hockey your favourite sport?'
'Did you play hockey?'
'Did you play in a big league?'
'How do you publish a book?'
'How do you make the typing so neat?'
'How do you make the words so small?'
'Tell us more about publishing a book.'
'If I had a book to publish where would I take it?'
Spending time with these young students today was a privilege. They are so excited about learning, so keen about life: and their enthusiasm is contagious.