By Sonia Verma
Photo: Tony Lanz, for Today's Parent. Not for reuse
Possibly the coolest thing I heard all last month was a voice from the back seat saying, “That street’s named Caroline, like the girl in my school.”
Almost overnight, Older Kid has started reading. And now she tries to read everything — street signs (hence Caroline), books (bonus points for keeping her toddler sister engaged), labels, graffiti (yeah, there’s a talk we’ll have to have) . . .
It’s glorious. And a bit intimidating, because suddenly the whole world is opening up to her.
Milestones are great and all, but none of them until now—not Baby’s First Steps; not Baby’s First Tooth, not even Baby’s Bossy First Four-word Sentence—filled me with the kind of elation and giddiness I feel with every fresh turn of Not-a-Baby's First Time Reading.
10 Early reading strategies to try with small kids
From her irritated acceptance of silent letters (“They’re like male nipples, Mumma. We don’t know what they do, but they still exist.”) to her amusement at a typo in her book on the Solar System (she’s going to write to National Geographic to flag it), every tiny step as she develops reading skills is thrilling.
Literacy is a huge deal to us here at momstown. It’s one of our key program pillars, which means there are a lot of reading-related fun activities at our programs every week, across the country. We've tried dozens of alphabet crafts and activities. Any day we can read/write/think/talk/dream about books is a good day for us.
So imagine our delight that Today’s Parent and an honour roll of publishing experts have put together an exhaustive, gorgeous, comprehensive list of the top Canadian books for kids of all ages.
Check it out. Check THEM out, every title. This list is nothing but win.
And maybe stand back, because the world is about to open right up in front of you.
Sonia Verma has mastered the art of acting non-chalant about reading, even though on the inside, she is leaping around like a deranged cheerleader with every new turn