We’re delighted to feature Bookology follower Deb Andries and her grandchildren to kick off our new Raising Star Readers column! The column’s goal is to showcase different Reading Teams as they read together during milestone celebrations.
Deb, a.k.a. “Grammy,” was able to enjoy two milestone read-togethers to kick off her Christmas season. In the photo above, Grammy shares The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg, with grandsons Grayson (5) and Finley (3) in Wisconsin. In the photo below, she shares the same book with granddaughter Emmersyn (5) in Minnesota.
Deb told Bookology about the special rituals her family enjoys as they read this holiday favorite together every year: “All three grandchildren know the story and have favorite pages on which we linger and share our thoughts. We also keep our bells in our pockets or close by to ring at the end of the story. My original bell is as old as the book publication as that’s when I started reading it with my daughters!”
Deb is a retired elementary teacher and literacy coach of 35 years from Minnesota. Currently, she is a National Literacy Consultant for Benchmark Education Co. She talks about the importance of books in the life of her family: “Time together with these special people in my life is cherished. We all have bookshelves in our homes, and at each visit, whether that’s for a day, or a weekend, we make time to celebrate special books together. Sometimes, we read the same ones over and over, and other times, there’s an opportunity to read a new treasure!”
We here at Bookology look forward to sharing other read-together milestones with Deb and her Reading Teams in the coming years! And if you would like us to feature your Reading Team, contact Lisa Bullard. She can answer questions and provide further information about how to participate.