VPL Annual Report - 2016

Come along as we talk, sing, play, write, and read through the whimsical story of The Reading Tree – a new picture book from Vancouver’s library being distributed free to Vancouver families with young children. The Reading Tree launched just in time for Family Literacy Day 2017 to support children’s reading success and literacy development across the city. Written and published by VPL, The Reading Tree features the work of award-winning B.C. children’s illustrator Dianna Bonder, whose watercolours have appeared in more than a dozen children’s books over the years. Included in the book is a guide for parents and caregivers about reading to children and building literacy development into everyday activities; look for it translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Tagalog, Punjabi and Vietnamese. The Reading Tree is available for free at any VPL location to Vancouver families with young children. Support for the book comes via the Province of B.C. through the Ministry of Education. VPL launches new picture book for Vancouver families with young children

What a wonderful and important book! From day one, a child’s brain begins forming connections very quickly. Promoting early literacy is a critical building block in child development and has life-long effects on health and well-being. This book is a fun and interactive way for parents to encourage their child’s initial exploration in the world of literacy, beautifully illustrating that it involves so much more than the written word. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! – Dr. Reka Gustafson, Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health

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