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(2017-04-02 18:28:11)
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It was the first day of the Picture Book Storytelling Seminar at the Capital Library in Beijing, a seminar designed to help storytellers to engage children with stories and to introduce the history and culture of picture books. I felt a little uptight and disoriented as the only teenager among many adults, yet my heart was filled with expectation. I was expecting to tell Ajia, our lecturer and a leading picture book translator and promoter, how he had influenced me since I was in his book club at five years old. When I introduced myself to the group, he delightfully said, “I still remember you, Zijia. I am really glad that you joined our seminar.” I was surprised and touched by his memory since the last time we met was a decade ago.

 

I have been shaped by reading the lovely stories in picture books. Attracted by the amazing plots and rich imagination, I devoured all the books recommended by Ajia as a little girl. On one hand, the habit of reading picture books since childhood led to my passion in reading many genres of literature. On the other hand, my love for picture books never faded as I grew up. For me, picture book is a unique artistic language written for all ages, communicating the most beautiful imagination and spreading pure joy in the world.

 

In Ajia’s seminar, I learned so much about inspiring editors who have contributed to the development of picture books worldwide. In my head, an idea of making more children in China enjoy reading sprouted. Maybe I could also be part of the development and growth of picture books, as I wanted more children to have the great experience that I had. After the seminar, I sent Ajia a letter and we continued with our conversations. He not only shared interesting background stories regarding picture books’ publication, but also gave me advice in how to start a book club.

 

Every time I received Ajia’s letter, I was deeply touched by his sincere passion for picture books and willingness to guide me. Ajia was dedicated to promoting picture books for the past decade, and I was grateful to have such a mentor. Ajia also told me that despite the sufficiency of quality books for children, Chinese children read little outside of school. Thus, I came to realize the need for who can expose children to great books and ignite their interest in reading.

 

I intended to carry on Ajia’s spirit of sharing and mentoring by guiding the young readers in China. Therefore, I set up a book club in my high school called The Lamplighter. My club members and I started a mobile library project for children. On weekends, we brought picture books to the children’s activity rooms and public parks in several neighborhoods. We read stories to children and encouraged them to read and explore good books.

 

Once, I read The fall of Freddie the Leaf to a little girl in a park. It was an autumn day, and inspired by the book, we began collecting the colorful fallen leaves. When the girl was about to leave, she looked at me, her eyes shined with cheerfulness and sincerity, and said, “Thank you, Zijia. The fall of Freddie the Leaf has become my favorite book now. Can you recommend more books to me please?” Then, to thank me, she gave me her leaf collections. Looking at those bright yellow and red leaves, I realized that I had just make reading a fun journey for another little girl.

 

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