My name is Autumn Buzzell and I live and work in Ghana, West Africa with City of Refuge Ministries. Here, I run our school, Faith Roots International Academy, and get to be a part in rescuing and the healing of children who have been trafficked into the fishing trade, orphaned, abandoned, and those who just need a little extra loving. What an amazing gift this life is!

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Book Buddies

I love books.

I love everything about them.

I love the smell of a new book.  The crinkle of the spine when you open it for the first time.  The untouched pages, begging to be read.

From the time I was a little girl, I have been enamored with books.  My mom always said that she never had to entertain me much.  Just sit me down with a stack of books or send me outside to sing about the trees, and I would be completely happy.

When I lived in the States, I think I read close to a hundred books every year.  I would go to the library every other week, load myself up with five or six new ones, and settle in for some fun entertainment over the course of those two weeks. 

Needless to say...I love to read.

So, when Holly Stewart (who taught with us for six months in 2012) suggested we institute book buddies every now and then on a Friday, I was all in!

Today, we did book buddies for the last thirty minutes of the day.  And honestly, it's a beautiful sight to see.  I love the children gathered around some of our older students, reading through a book, introducing them to the characters, encouraging them into the story.  It's rather glorious to behold!
Our newest student, Katie, reading to our second graders.
Gracie gathering her students around her to read "The Little Mermaid".
 It's my hope that our book buddies will encourage and inspire and perhaps draw out the reader in most of our children.  It's my hope that it will raise up leaders who can lead in confidence.  And it's my hope that the world will be opened up to our students, just a little bit more, as they tour it through the books available in our library.

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