Environment, Animals and Writing

What an interesting author day out in the Hills Shire (last week. I have had this sitting to post for a few days now!)

The council employs an Environmental Education Officer to run environmental awareness programmes in the schools and so I was out there into three of the local schools St Madeline’s, Jaspar Road, and Matthew Pearce primary schools. We chatted about the environment, and pets (no – domestic cats are not Australian native animals and they most definitely do NOT belong in the Aussie bush) and then we dipped into character development, writing formats and describing animals. Interestingly some of the kids were really knowledgeable about their environment and freely wrote about their local native animals while others nearby started writing on cats, dogs, rabbits and … elephants! A bit of work required there on native and non-native animals. I even squeezed in a bit of Python (my new picture book with Walker Books) – it fitted into the classes perfectly as a style of writing that they could follow – narrative non-fiction littered with obvious facts.

Eventually selected pieces of writing will be compiled into a book that will then be read to the froggies – the council’s junior library reading initiative.

Loved the schools and those tree covered playgrounds out there.
They were rather pleased too that their visiting author was a National Ambassador for NYR.
I forgot my camera so don’t have any snaps to add to this post!

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