… and so is Literacy Week! Actually this is a late post (another one) and should have been dropped up a few days ago. I had intended to post all throughout book week / literacy week but I was too wrecked by the time I returned home most nights to do some computing so here is a little summary post instead.
Well, Book Week is done and dusted for another year. I think that for more than 20 years I have been doing Book Week gigs. Whereever I have been in the world I have made sure that I am home for Book Week. Vitally important it is!
I had a thrill at all the schools – I even had my name up on the outdoor school notice board at Oyster Bay Primary School.
This year the sessions were mostly on me, my writing and ideas … and of course the telling of the brand new picture book – SOUNDS SPOOKY! At St Lukes, I just happened to spend a bit of my lunch chatting with the students involved in the Write a Book in a Day competition — see the website: (www.writeabookinaday.com) where twenty-five students from Years 7-10 participated. In three separate teams, they wrote, illustrated, edited and published books suitable for 10-14 Year Olds. They were given characters, setting and certain words to be included. Students were at school from 8am until 8pm working hard and there was a definite buzz all around the library. Their finished books will be placed in the Westmead Children’s Hospital Library, as well as the School library.
I also tripped up to Newcastle library visiting the folks up there … awesome fun! They initiated the Ten Minutes a Day Programme reading to the littlies … just glorious. Check it out if you need reading ideas and help. I loved the displays and the sense of fun and the excitement on all the faces – big and little. And of course telling my stories … nothing could be better.
Here is the week in summary:
Number of :
kilometres driven: 605 kms
hours spent driving: 11hrs 12 mins
schools who attended: 12 (including 6 who were at Newcastle and Wallsend libraries)
sessions presented: 18
children I spoke to: more than 1000
times I answered the question how old are you?: at least 15
times I showed my new picture book created with Sarah Davis: 18 … and then a few more in the staff room.
Some new(er) questions: Q = When will you stop writing? A = Never … or at least not that I will know about it, and as long as folks keep wanting to buy my books.
Q = Why don’t you write books with girl characters? A = I don’t know. Probably bcuase I think like a boy who is still 9 or 10. (And that means I had better create a book with a girl character … although Sounds Spooky does have a few female characters – thanks to Sarah.)
Old Favourites: Q = How old are you? A = old enough!
Q = how much money do you earn? A = not enough!
Q = How do you come up with ideas? A = watching you and all the people around me.
Q = What was your favourite book as a child?
A = CS Lewis and teh narnia titles
So – that’s it for Book Week 2011. Great time. Lotsa fun … and more to come!
More on the Carolinas later but Pam Vaughan (official photographer for the New England conference last weekend) has just sent me oodles and poodles of photos … so if you don’t want to see piccies of me in action – then look away now! There are photos of me with friends, of me panelling, photos […]