Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Reading Is Fun

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island.” Walt Disney

Reading is Fun Week: April 14 – 20

One of my favorite memories of volunteering at StarShine is reading to the Kindergarten class.

The Kindergarten classroom is located in an annex building on the new campus. The new library is there, too.

I always enjoy sharing books with Mr. Dan’s Kindergarten class. The children sit on a carpet and give me their rapt attention. Mr. Dan erects a small barrier just in front of me, so that when I finish the book the children don’t knock me over with their hugs.

Believe me it has happened!

Although I spend a lot of time bringing just the right book, with lots of pictures, it doesn’t seem to matter. The kids just love when I read to them. No matter what type of animal story I bring, the kids all tell me that they have an animal just like the one in the book at home.

This year, the first time I finished reading to the kindergarten children, a little voice came out of the back, “Can we hug you now?”

How great is that!

I’m hoping all of the Kindergarten students have had time to visit the new library and the “Book Nook,” where they can sit on colorful little chairs and be surrounded by shelves filled with books.

Yes, reading can be a lot of fun!

I have been reading books since I was five years old, and now here I am at 82. I never miss a chance to sit down with a good book or share one of my favorite books with a child.

By Lois Jamieson

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