This week is Education Week in the Turks and Caicos Islands and we were invited to read a story to the Grade 5 students at Thelma Lightbourne Primary School in Providenciales. Once the request came in, Mrs. Guilmise and I both knew exactly which book had to be read! "Christopher, Please Clean Your Room" has been a favorite of mine for more years than I can count! It's written by Itah Sadu, a Black Canadian author and chronicles the struggles of a little boy named Christopher that just doesn't like to clean his room and faces some unexpected consequences!
One fun fact that many people don't know about me is that in while attending university I was a Children's Librarian part time with Montreal Children's Libraries. I was one of two librarians at the Richmond Hill Branch, located in Tyndale St. George Community Center in Little Burgundy, one of Montreal's historic Black Neighborhoods. This was a favorite book at the library and was one while I taught in the classroom.
Mrs. Guilmise made this book come alive today, and the children had a fabulous time! Thank you to the Grade 5 teachers at Thelma Lightbourne Primary for the invitation and we hope it sparked not only interest in a new book, but desire for your students to learn and grow as readers and storytellers!
Yolande Robinson, M.Ed.