Written by Vi Hughes
Reading Lights, CWILL’s collaborative project with the Vancouver Public Library was officially launched on Family Literacy Day, Wednesday, January 27, with many of the participating authors and illustrators in attendance.
Excerpts from stories and poems by BC writers and illustrators are sprinkled throughout the city for children and their families to discover. Imagine—a walk and an unexpected encounter with children’s literature on a lamp post on the street!
Of course, you don’t have to wait for a chance encounter. You can check out the official website for the project to find out where your favorite author or illustrator is featured.
Each excerpt looks just like the real thing—a page from a book. They are printed on metal plaques, 7 inches by 24 inches, and permanently fixed onto posts near schools, parks, playgrounds, or libraries. Yes, the ‘pages’ are big—but what they give is even bigger: the gift of reading and books. The information on each plaque links the reader to the library to see the whole book, the titles of other books and information about the author and illustrator. You can even borrow the book on the spot!
These books celebrate the creative talent of our amazing CWILL authors and illustrators. It was challenging for the committee to select only 20 from the nearly 100 that were submitted.
They also celebrate the diversity of the people in our city and province. There is a book for everyone in this group of twenty: for the child who loves crocodiles and dinosaurs and dragons, the child who wonders about the world, the adventurer, the hero, the nation builder, the animal lover, the dreamer, the rhymer . . . and the baby in a mother’s arms.
For many of the very young children living in our city, this is might be their first encounter with the world of books. What a beautiful gift we have given them!
A full list of the participating authors and illustrations can be found on VPL’s website.