Monday, May 13, 2013

Children’s Book Week May 13th- May 19th,2013

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!

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