30.1.11

Families & Literacy

Family Literacy Day has come and gone and I was remiss in not organising anything to put up here.  But I was pleased to see that I was represented in another way, when I came across The Canadian Children's Book Centre's list of recommended books in celebration of Family Literacy Day (which I would say deserves a month of its own, at the very least).


In celebration of Family Literacy Day, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre has compiled a list of Canadian books that share in the joys (and struggles) of families of all sizes and combinations. Canadian children’s authors and illustrators have done an admirable job of exploring Canada’s diversity, and many of their finest books are listed here.

In addition to noting both reading level and interest level for each title, the books are classified by thematic links.  For Where You Came From I see that thematic links given are Families, Questions and Humour.  I think that could fairly well sum up everything I've ever written.


photo courtesy BuyOlympia.com

11.1.11

The Speaking of Verse

Now this is interesting.  Scott Griffin is sponsoring a student competition for the recitation of verse.  What a lovely thing to do!

My choice - if I weren't too old and living in the wrong province - would be William Blake's The Tyger ... although around these parts we've always favoured the Yeats poem beginning:
My name is Daniel O’Leary, my great interest is the speaking of verse.