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A bird in the library

It has been a busy spring! I have been visiting schools in and around Toronto. Each school was unique, but what they all had in common was a bustling library with a passionate librarian at the centre. The libraries have been filled with Forest of Reading displays, projects, art galleries, green screen stations, technology of all sorts being explored, clubs, readers, readers, readers and more. The formula is simple: School library + Librarian=enthusiastic, curious and engaged learners. The library ceiling at Dr. Eric Jackman features this cheery little bird taking flight. I think it perfectly illustrates the spirit of freedom and possibility that is found in a school library. And the fun!


Barbara Reid is named Honorary Chair of Family Literacy Day

I am thrilled to be named the 2016 Family Literacy Day Honourary Chair. Through my work as an author and illustrator I encourage reading and literacy engagement. Families reading and playing together is an important theme that I often include in my books. I have been participating in Family Literacy Day events for many years now and I look forward to increasing my participation in this exciting new role.

January 27 is family Literacy Day, and ABC encourages Canadian families to have “15 Minutes of Fun” learning together this Family Literacy Day – and every day. Practicing literacy every day has tremendous benefits for both children and parents. Visit for fun ideas to get your family started and make family time learning time!

Dreamy reviews!

Sing a Song of Bedtime has received two lovely reviews!

Canadian Materials says: “Reid’s detailed plasticine illustrations are outstanding and demand repeated viewings in order to absorb their richness. Her characters, a mixture of anthropomorphic animals and humans of different races, have been appropriately chosen to represent and express each poem’s content. Who better to be “Wee Willie Winkie” running through the town in his nightgown but a raccoon?”

CanLit for Little Canadians says:  “Sing a Song of Bedtime is a visual celebration of textures and colours that will serenade every and any child into fulfilling slumber and sweet dreams.”

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