“Let’s Read!”

My thanks to the Family Literacy Committee of Brant for choosing The Man with the Violin as the book they would plan events around to encourage family reading this year — and for purchasing 700 copies to support their efforts!

Everyone’s enjoyment of the “Let’s Read” events in Paris and Brantford this weekend was greatly enhanced by music provided by a string quartet that played during book-related activities following my reading. (It wasn’t only adults who were inspired to dance. I just wasn’t lucky enough to capture or be sent pics of the dancing children. Too busy chatting and having my pic taken with lovely families, I guess.)

Each family who attended Sunday’s events received a free copy of The Man with the Violin, as did each of the classes I visited with in both cities the next day. By the time the FLCB is finished distributing all the books, often reading them to students along the way, every elementary school and childcare centre across the county will have a copy. So will the families who attend “Let’s Read” events planned for April. Because the book is about music, some families in the county will even receive free tickets to a symphony concert, thanks to the imagination and fund-raising energies of one great group of encouragers of family reading!

What book has your family especially enjoyed reading together?

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson

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