(Stock photo)

COLUMN: Pilkey Palooza comes to the Summerland Library

Author’s works featured in this year’s Spring Break Reading Challenge

The time has come for the Summerland Library’s annual Spring Break Reading Challenge.

This year, our challenge is centred around Dav Pilkey, the author of Captain Underpants, Dog Man, Ricky Ricotta and much more.

Pilkey has gone to say that he was a responsible student, in the sense that if anything bad happened, he was responsible.

He was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD and because there wasn’t much knowledge surrounding these diagnoses back then, it led to him being sent out in the hallways where he would make up stories and design his own comic books. It was in second grade that Pilkey created Captain Underpants, an iconic character that I read in elementary school and continues to be popular today. At the sight of Captain Underpants in the homemade comic book, Pilkey’s teacher ripped up the pages and told him that he couldn’t “waste his life making silly books.”

READ ALSO: COLUMN: Acknowledging the freedom to read

READ ALSO: COLUMN: Losing and winning a book battle

Luckily, Pilkey didn’t listen.

Pilkey continued to struggle as he made his way into high school, where the teachers still didn’t understand how he would learn best.

It wasn’t until his freshman year of college where he was caught doodling in his notebook during an English class that a teacher finally recognized his talent. The teacher found his writing to be hilarious and encouraged him to write children’s books which led him to create over 35 books.

Pilkey has become a huge advocate for literacy and has created the campaign “Reading gives you Superpowers” which is aimed towards turning reluctant readers into life-long ones. This makes him the perfect author to showcase in our reading challenge.

Readers up to 12 years old are invited to participate in the Pilkey Palooza Spring Break Reading Challenge which is designed to promote literacy outside of school in fun, creative ways.

The challenge starts March 14 and continues through spring break until March 28.

To participate, all you need to do is come to the library to sign up, read your favourite books, complete the activities on the challenge sheet and bring it back to the library for a prize. If you complete all the activities on the sheet you will receive a free book on us! There are also some special prizes to be given out at random.

Some of the activities in the Pilkey Palooza Spring Break Reading Challenge include, read to a Captain Underpants plushie in the library, create your own comic strip, read a book by a new-to-you author and of course, read a book written by Dav Pilkey.

We can’t wait to see you at the library!

Kayley Robb is an assistant community librarian at the Summerland Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

BooksColumnliterary

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: More infected passengers on planes flying to and from Okanagan and Kamloops airports

The BC Centre of Disease Control has identified numerous flights with COVID-19 cases

B.C. firefighters only responding to most life-threatening calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The directive comes after province spoke with paramedics, fire services, according to top doctor

Lake Country Food Bank welcomes wheelbarrow load of donations

Rotary Club presents symbolic cheque for the $24,600 raised since August 2018

WATCH: North Okanagan seniors stay fit in self-isolation

Residents have taken to their balconies to follow along in exercise class

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

A kind word, it turns out, has usually been all people need to hear

Canadian cadets to mark 103rd anniversary of Vimy Ridge April 9 virtually

Idea of Captain Billie Sheridan in Williams Lake, B.C. who wondered what to do in times of COVID-19

Okanagan nordic centre loses out on 2021 nationals

Sovereign Lake near Vernon was to host 2020 Canadian championships, canceled due to COVID-19

Emergency aid portal opens Monday, cash could be in bank accounts by end of week: Trudeau

Emergency benefit will provide $2,000 a month for those who have lost their income due to COVID-19

COVID-19: North Okanagan spring leagues wiped out

Ladies softball, indoor and beach volleyball leagues shut down over pandemic

COVID-19: Interior Crisis Line calls increase

Calls directly related to pandemic up 25 per cent over final two weeks of March

Land once belonged to Grand Chief Nicola

Summerland was once known as Nicola Prairie

QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Take this test and find out how well you know Canada’s most popular winter sport

Most Read