Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Reading As a Kid

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I come from a family of avid, passionate readers. Reading was a big part of my childhood, from my parents reading to me when I was little, from the Bread and Jam for Francis by Russell Hoban tape I listened to on repeat on car rides to Florida for our annual winter vacation, to the Babysitter's Club and Franklin books I devoured. That's why it's so inspiring to watch two kids I know -- Owen (aged 6) and Leah (aged 3), children of family friends -- grow up with a strong love of reading.

In August, my parents and I were visiting their family, and my dad was talking about a book he was reading that had a few different stories within it. Owen grinned and said "Yeah, I have a book like that too" and told us that the book he was reading had "choices." Owen and Leah love choices. To them, if a book has a table of contents, that means you have choices and you can pick which story you want. I love that. Leah, at only three, has a special connection to books: when given a new one as a gift, she smiles sweetly and takes the book to a quiet place where she can flip through it, usually the fluffy grey carpet in her living room (her favourite place). I think that's so great because that's what we all want -- a quiet place to read.

The summer Owen was three, I babysat him every week and would read to him. He had such an enthusiasm for stories and there was one particular book that was about getting dressed for bed. The characters in the picture book wore red pajamas, and Owen jumped up, excited, and went over to his dresser and showed me all the red clothes he had. It was so cute and nice to witness a child's love of reading.

Maybe their love of reading will translate to a love of writing!

I'll be back tomorrow with my last post as WIR.

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Aya Tsintziras

Aya Tsintziras is the author of the YA novel Pretty Bones, which was selected for the Canadian Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens in Spring 2012. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing a Masters of Journalism at Ryerson University.

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