Wednesday, March 04, 2015

In the Tree House #kumonreads

Last week I was honoured to attend an event at Wexford Public School in Scarborough, organised by Kumon Canada and First Book Canada. Local author, Andrew Larsen, visited to share a reading of his book In the Tree House with a fantastic group of students in grades one and two.
author Andrew Larsen reading to a group of school children
Author Andrew Larsen reads to a group of grade ones and grades twos
Larsen spoke to the kids about how he became an author and shared stories of books he created himself as a child. He even brought along a book he had made for his mother when he was in kindergarten, that she had saved over the years, as well as a book his own young son had made for him. He was engaging and inspirational, and clearly committed to encouraging creativity in kids. The young audience was excited at the idea that they too could aspire to be authors, and many of them volunteered their own stories of books they had put together for their parents.

In the Tree House by Andrew Larsen, book cover
Each student in attendance received a signed copy of In the Tree House for their very own. Andrew Larsen was kind enough to personalise one for me to take home to Boo as well,
Larsen's reading was animated and entertaining. So nice to hear a book read in the author's own voice! It tells a story of brotherhood and summer days, and the simple pleasures to be found in your own backyard. But it's not all perfect as problems can arise when an older brother outgrows the games he used to love. Larsen told us that the story grew from the wish he had as a child to have a tree house. His wish didn't come true in reality, but he brought it to life for the brothers in his story.

At the end of the reading, the students broke off into groups and took turns reading their new books, with the help of Kumon tutors.
Kumon Canada and First Book Canada are currently partnering to get more than 10,000 new books to in-need schools and community-based programs across the Greater Toronto Area. And during the month of March, Kumon will donate $10 to First Book Canada for every child enrolled in their Reading Program, helping to get even more books into the hands of kids who need them. You can read more details on this initiative in my earlier post here.

Have you entered yet for your chance to win a prize pack of books and school supplies? Kumon and First Book are providing this prize for one of my readers, and I learned this week that they are sending me an extra prize pack I can gift or donate as I see fit. I've decided to donate this extra bag of literacy goodies to Boo's school, for use in the primary classrooms.  I know the kids will enjoy them!

Happy reading!

Disclosure: I have received compensation for this post, including books for Boo. This post contains an affiliate link. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own. Reading Rocks!

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