I have been a librarian for many years, so it should be no surprise that I have quite a sizable collection by now. A favorite thing I love to do at this time of year is to set them all on display in our huge case to welcome back the 400+ children that will stream through those doors in less than a week. This display is so much fun! Children and parents love it, spending a long time checking it out. They recognize many but also discover a few stories they aren't familiar with. It's a visual literacy of the soft kind!
Here are pictures from last year. The challenge this year will be how to squeeze in a few more characters. A trip to Livres Babar on Greene Avenue in Montreal this summer yielded a large Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson) and a small Wodney Wat (Helen Lester). I will start work on it tomorrow. I can't wait to get out all those old friends. Bring on the stuffies!