On Wednesday, March 29, Neil Ellis dropped by the Wellington Branch Library to help Whitney out with Toddler Time. As the kids gathered ’round, he read a couple books and introduced the kids and their parents to his Bay of Quinte Canada 150 Literacy Challenge, encouraging them to participate in the celebration of Canadian literary achievements.
The challenge is designed to get people reading Canadian writing. Ellis has encouraged kids through to grade 8 to read as much Canadian writing as possible, aiming for 150 books, magazine articles, or short stories. Almost anything counts, as long as it was written by a Canadian. “What better way to inspire and foster a personal connection between children and our proud Canadian heritage and culture than by helping commemorate our nation’s 150th birthday by encouraging literacy and instilling a love for reading” said Ellis.
Kids and parents who are interested in the challenge can learn more about it on Ellis’ website or drop by the library to pick up their tracking sheets.