Since 1998, Ready to Read has celebrated national Stand for Children Day with a special story hour to focus community attention on the importance of sharing books with young children.Jim participated in this event, reading the book Homer, by Elisha Cooper.
Kalamazoo County preschoolers, their parents, teachers, and child care providers are invited to Bronson Park to hear stories read by community leaders and costumed story book characters. Each child receives healthy snacks and juice and a gift book courtesy of Kalamazoo Public Library.
This is a delightful book, about a family dog. All day long Homer lays on the porch, watching his people come and go. They invite him to join in their activities, and he politely declines. In the evening, his family asks, "is there anything you need?" Homer replies with a sweet "no, I have everything I need. I have you."
Here's a photo (from KPL's photos of that day) of Jim with his book. Our friend Steve read Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina, and came dressed for the occasion: