Hi again. Last week I told you all about A Good Book Drive, an initiative I’m helping bring to Toronto that aims to raise 1,000 books in 29 days and inspire reading and writing skills for the kids that need it most in the city.
I’ve asked the Indie88 announcers to help spread the word and join in the conversation about their favourite books. Take a look!
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
My dad would read Hop on Pop to my brother and I and we would anxiously wait through the whole story to jump on him at the end. It’s really special because this is a fond memory for my dad that he still brings up to this day.
Harold And The Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
This was my favorite book as a kid because it showed the power of imagination. You can do anything you want with your imagination! You can create dozens of pies, make dragons come to life and most importantly, get into trouble!
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
The book I chose to share for A Good Book Drive is Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever. It’s a beautiful book about a young boy being taken care of by his parents and later in life returning the favour by taking care of them. Finally the book ends with the young boy, now a grown man, holding his newborn. Makes me tear up every time and I can’t wait to share it with my baby.
Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss
(Photo Jessica Blaine Smith)
Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book brings me back to being a kid in the room I shared with my little sister, with my mom reading this to us before bed. Back then I hated going to sleep because I didn’t want to miss out on anything, but this book helped, it made me feel like everyone was going to sleep and it was the fun thing to do.
Who’s Who in Baseball
I don’t read fiction (well, I recently read Catcher In The Rye) but my favourite book as a kid has been published every year for 101 years – it’s called Who’s Who In Baseball. It come out every March and prints the statistics of every player in the Major Leagues. In the days long before the internet it was the only way to study and get to know the players. As a child I became fascinated with it and would spend hours in my room going through the pages and learning. The back of the book always had a picture of the previous year’s World Series champions. It’s more than a book, it’s a friend. Counting the days till the 2016 edition hits the book store!
What’s your favourite book?
I urge you to stop by one of the A Good Book Boxes around the city and share that story with kids that may not have the chance to read it otherwise.
So, how does it work? (Thanks for asking!)
1. Pick up a copy of your favourite children’s book, for kids 0-12 years old.
(Gently used books are also welcome, and by ‘gently used’ please ask yourself “Would I give this to a kid as a gift?”)
2. Drop off your book at one of the A Good Book Box locations around the city, including right here at Indie88!
3. At the location, you can personalize your book donation with a special bookplate and share your own story of why that book is special. By placing these stories within the cover of the books, the recipients from The Children’s Book Bank will learn about the impact of that book on someone else’s life.
Ta-da! You’re done!
A Good Book Drive will be sharing images and stories of the books donated in Toronto throughout the month of February at agoodbookdrive.com and feel free to share yours with #AGBDTO