The Friendly Giant is a popular Canadian children’s television program that aired on CBC Television from September 1958 through to March 1985. In the opening of the show, the Friendly Giant issued an invitation for children to join him in the safety of his home (which happened to be a castle) with the line ” a chair for two more to curl up in”. It was a simpler time; a time when families had time to share lives together. That is what we are offering at the Calgary Reads Children’s Reading House. We trust that as parents and children read together in one of our chairs, they will be encouraged to find a place in their homes to learn, laugh and love while curled up with a great book.
Jan and I have been provided with the opportunity, as Readers in Residence, to share our love of reading with children and their parents and grandparents. We get to read with families, encourage parents to read with their kids, and watch the magic that happens when two or more curl up with a great book.
Over the next months, we will watch for moments where laughter erupts, where love is in the air and where simple, important lessons are learned that we can pass on through these posts.
So far the experience has confirmed that when a dad and his son, or a grandma and her granddaughter, or two 10 year-old girls find a comfortable spot with a great book laughter, love and learning finds them.
I picked up Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens” at the beginning of the month and found it so interesting and challenging that I found a copy of his new book ” Homo Deus” which has lead me on an adventure of exploring the work of three other controversial thinkers.
What are you reading? Have you found any great books that have sent you on an expedition of discovery this summer? Let us know what you are enjoying so we can share it with supporters and visitors.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”