This picture is of Potato Music, the artist was a grade two student who fell in love with the story. It was a treat to share the story with her class mates and her teachers and to share with them the beginnings of the story.
Where do our stories come from, the ones that sit on our shelves, the ones we read to our children, the stories that we carry in our hearts ever after? They come from life. This is what I have the honour of sharing with our young writers in schools across our country, my stories, their stories and how they can teach us, change us and reveal the world to us in the most amazing of ways.
I believe that stories are as important as breathing. They carry us through life, build communities and allow us to grow. They carry our heritage, our mistakes and our successes so that we can guide each other through life in the best way we can.
Don't lose your stories. This last two weeks I have been encouraging kids to speak to their grandparents and families, to discover their stories before they are lost and all we have to fill the gaps are regrets.
What wonderful stories does your family have to share with you? Seek them out before it's too late.
Happy reading, make sure you do.