Hannah at Preston | August 9, 2019
“The more that you read, the more you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”- Dr. Seuss
As Dr. Seuss famously says, reading and learning can take you to some truly amazing places. For two young readers, their reading adventure brought them into our library all the way from Japan!
Mackenzie and Juliette, along with their parents, live in Tokyo, Japan and spend each summer with their Grandmother here in Canada. I first discovered this interesting fact when their mother, Nao, answered “In Japan” to the final question on our Summer Reading Club registration form, which reads “What school do you go to?” This immediately sparked a conversation between us, in which I was fortunate enough to learn about their family history, their travels to Canada each year, and their children’s love of reading.
Nao tells me that her husband, Geoff, is originally from Kitchener but has been working in Asia for over 20 years. This is where they first met and decided to raise their family together. Because of the children’s combined Canadian and Japanese heritage, Mackenzie and Juliette enjoy learning and reading in both English and Japanese. In fact, Juliette’s favourite stories right now are from Canadian author Robert Munsch. She has his collection of stories and reads them often. Both Mackenzie and Juliette also enjoy the book series of Curious George, Frog and Toad, and anything from Dr. Seuss.
Each week, their family comes to the Preston branch to participate in Kindergarten Bootcamp. This program happens every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., and involves many fun activities to enhance skills that are useful to children entering Kindergarten. Such skills include: routine management, circle time, process-oriented arts and crafts, reading, independence, and much more. Mackenzie and Juliette both really enjoy this program and we look forward to seeing them each week.
It has been a pleasure learning about and getting to know their family, and we are honoured that Idea Exchange has become a part of their summer adventures here in Canada.