Every year during children’s book week, I reflect on the joy of reading my first picture book. I came to the United States when I turned 10. Shortly after, I came across the Curious George series. I absolutely loved the pictures. The vivid pictures captured my attention even though I did not understand the words on the page.
It was very difficult adjusting to a new way of life and learning how to read in a new language. I do recall making a concerted effort to learn how to read in English. I wanted so very badly to understand every word in the Curious George series. Six months after arriving to New York from my native Port-au-Prince, Haiti, I was reading at grade level.
To this day, I still like going to the children’s section to read newly published picture books. Therefore, in celebration of children’s picture book week, I encourage you to read to a child. You never know how that child will respond. Perhaps, your reading might ignite a desire in that child’s heart.
I attended PS 75 in Brooklyn New York. I am sure my teacher never thought her reading the Curious George series to her class would have such a tremendous impact on me. Well, it did! I have her to thank for fueling me with a burning desire to love reading books. It changed the course of my life forever. My love for reading enabled me to excel in school. I was the first in my family to attend and complete college in four years on a full-ride scholarship.
My passion for pictures books resulted in me writing and publishing two picture books. I have a third book that will be published later in 2013. I have submitted a fourth book to my publisher and I am hoping to get a contact for that book too.
Make children’s book week 2013 a special one. Read as many books you can to a child. Happy reading!