Connection to NB: grew up and lives in Saint John area
Children: Keira & Anna
Very positive and amusing, AJ works with words (senior technical writer) and teaches Zumba classes. If there were more hours in the day I feel she’d be teaching elementary school, too, so I wanted to hear what she considers good literature for youths.
What was your favourite book when you were a child?
The Children’s Story by James Clavell was the first book that stayed with me. In this story, a new teacher arrives at the end of a war and convinces a classroom of children to abandon their national and religious beliefs by the end of a single class. It is easy to see how the teacher is able to subvert the children’s beliefs, which they didn’t truly understand.
This book encouraged me to question everything I was taught and not accept anything as the truth, but a truth.
What’s a favourite book that you read to Keira and Anna?I do a different book every night, and about five stories, at least. (I pick one, they each pick two.) We love The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, and The Paper Bag Princess and nearly everything by Robert Munsch.
The illustrations, characters, plotlines and vocabulary make these my favourites for my toddler girls. I love the drama and rhyme, which help my kids learn to read. Thekids love my funny voices and actions as I read to them.
These books range from addressing real-life childhood issues to the whimsical. They encourage us to discuss our values, actions and responses in everyday situations. They also teach us to find the humour in life.
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