I started a small, virtual storytime a few weeks ago for some friends’ kids. The idea literally got me out of bed when I was recovering from some kind of virus. I’d been sick for about a week, and was reeling emotionally along with the rest of the world from the spread of the pandemic. The creative possibility was a tonic. To do something for others but also for me. To connect.
It’s been wonderful, and a joy.
The first book I thought of reading together was, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (which I’m holding above :).
Written after Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, its author and illustrator Bill Joyce’s home state, it was partly inspired by his experience seeing the transporting and healing power of books in the lives of kids living on cots in New Orleans stadiums after the flooding.
Its themes of the importance of every individual’s story and the power of sharing those stories seemed perfect for the times we are in. Plus it’s tremendously imaginative and beautifully illustrated.
In the process of looking for a link to give parents for the accompanying Academy Award-winning short film, I found Bill Joyce’s Instagram post titled, “Stories Matter More Than Ever” urging folks to contact him to ~
“Use this time as a treasure chest of our imaginations. … use its limitations to create something vibrant and powerful. Make it bring us closer together. Contact me on this platform. Let’s tell some stories together and maybe create some new ones…”
Bill has been meeting, reading, and talking with educators and other creators across the country and the world during this last few weeks as his way of battling the separation between us and connecting for hope.
He’s coming to Colorado Springs as our guest next week by the power of technology. Please join me in welcoming him and to support local non-profit Foster Together in their own work of connecting, support and encouragement. We’ll plan to post a recorded interview later!
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