Friday, February 10, 2017

Vancouver Public Library Releases New Children's Book "The Reading Tree"

Growing up reading illustrated books was always my interest. Even my son loves reading and listening to stories since he was a baby. Vancouver Public Library has just published their first children's book called "The Reading Tree" and was released January 26, 2017! When I first heard about this, I thought it was pretty awesome!

The Reading Tree book was illustrated by award-winning B.C. children’s illustrator Dianna Bonder, whose art have appeared in more than a dozen children’s books over the years. The Reading Tree is a project of VPL with partial funding from the Province of B.C. through the Ministry of Education.

Included as part of The Reading Tree is a guide for parents and caregivers to support them in reading to their children and building reading and literacy development into everyday activities. Translation of guide will soon be available in languages such as Arabic, Chinese, French, Tagalog, Punjabi and Vietnamese.

To pick up your FREE COPY, visit your nearest Vancouver Public Library branch and ask the librarian.

Quote from Sandra Singh, VPL chief librarian:

“Vancouver Public Library is pleased to offer this free picture book to Vancouver families with young children. Reading aloud to children is one of the best ways adults can support the growth of language and literacy in the early years, and the library is proud to be a supporter of children's success.

Each year, VPL's children's librarians help thousands of families and children build a strong foundation for early literacy. The Reading Tree gives families tools to extend this experience every day at home and while out and about on their daily activities.”

Quote from Dr. Patricia Daly, Vancouver Coastal Health chief medical health officer and vice-president of public health:

“In the first few years of life, 700 new neural connections are made every second. It is at this time that the young brain is capturing experiences and is especially responsive to external input. That’s why projects like the early literacy book are so important – they are an engaging way of building the crucial role that parents and caregivers play in stimulating optimal patterns of brain development.

“As the book so beautifully shows, early literacy goes beyond reading, and includes promoting curiosity in the world and imaginative play and encouraging questions and the exploration of new ideas. This strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development that, in turn, builds language, literacy and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.”

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