Skype Interview with Erik of This Kid Reviews Books for my Higher Degree Class

Myra here.

Last Tuesday night, I invited Erik Weibel of This Kid Reviews Books to share with my higher-degree class how he used his special power “reading” to help out his friend Renn who is suffering from epilepsy. Using his Accelerated Reader points, he was able to raise over 3,000 dollars to help his friend with his medical bills (click here to know more).

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I thought that he was the perfect person to invite as our session last night was looking into how picturebooks can be used to help develop a sense of nationhood, inspire community sevice and social justice.

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Erik is such a gracious and very grounded 12 year old boy whose life is clearly enriched by the books that he reads. Erik responded to the questions asked of him by much-older people with charm, wit, and good humor.


Yes, we are in Erik’s calendar for the month of March. I am also very grateful to our IT department who helped me set up this HD-wide lens camera with microphone for our Skype interview last night.


Erik was able to see the entire class and we are able to see him quite clearly with four TV screens around the room in addition to our projector found in front of the room.


Erik was kind enough to wake up before 6 am to have this conversation with us.


And I can see myself on the farthest left.


I literally brought a suitcase filled with 29 picturebooks last night for my class.

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My text-set on war and its consequences.

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Pretty heavy going stuff indeed. Feathers and Fools was a favourite.

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Advocacy, Social Justice, and Protection of the Environment. The Great Bear had a huge impact on my higher-degree students.

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Picturebooks that show the changing landscapes of the community.

Once again, my heartfelt thanks to Erik for finding the time to share with us his thoughts about books, reading, and blogging.

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4 comments on “Skype Interview with Erik of This Kid Reviews Books for my Higher Degree Class

  1. That is wonderful that Erik did a SKYPE with your class. Love all of the photos. He is really making his mark. Also enjoyed the books you shared. Have you read “Playing War,” that’s an excellent multicultural book about kids playing the game of war only to discover one of their friends had his home bombed. The kids make their own decisions about what they will do.


  2. Yay! Thanks for having me! I loved talking to your class. I really appreciated all the questions they asked me. Thanks so much! 😀


    • It was truly my pleasure Erik. Thank you for being so gracious with your responses, and keeping your cool and composure at all times. You must have woken up extra early for this! We are truly grateful. 🙂


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