For this addition to our Raising Star Readers feature, we’re delighted to be showcasing another new Star Reader: Baby Nikhil was just 2 months old when he joined the Reading Team that also includes his grandmother Constance Van Hoven (Connie) and his big sister Priya (2). The team was celebrating Connie’s first opportunity to meet her new grandson, who lives with his family in Colorado.
Connie (or Gigi, as she is known to her grandchildren) chose Owl Babies, written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson, as the team’s first read-together title. Connie notes that the book is gentle and reassuring and adds “who doesn’t love owls?” She also says that new big sister, Priya, enjoyed pointing out each owl sibling on every page and that she cheered when their Owl Mother returned to the nest. Nikhil clearly sensed something good was happening, because he stayed awake for two readings! Of course, Connie admits that their spontaneous “whooo-whooo-whooo’s” also helped keep his attention. Connie comes from a family of birders, so she is especially happy to share that love and anticipates reading this book with them many times in the future.
Connie is a former buyer for Creative Kidstuff stores in Minneapolis. She currently lives in Bozeman, Montana, where she enjoys the great outdoors with her family and one extra-energetic dog. She is the author of several picture books, including Rare and Blue: Finding Nature’s Treasures, forthcoming from Charlesbridge in 2020. You can find her online at www.constancevanhoven.com.
We here at Bookology wish Connie, Priya, and Nikhil many wonderful hours of reading and owl-hooting together! We especially look forward to a photo of the three of them enjoying Connie’s newest picture book when it is published next year. If you would like us to feature your Reading Team, contact Lisa Bullard for further information about how to participate.