International Book Giving Day – Bundaberg East State School

Bundaberg East State School was very much affected by the Burnett River flooding in the wake of Cyclone Oswald. Many classrooms were inundated and the school grounds and play areas were covered in mud. There is still a lot of work to be done, and lots of enthusiastic people who are stepping up to do it. I was in Bundaberg on the day school started back at East – almost 2 weeks late. I spent the day helping Year Ones settle into their classroom, and I read my muddy book with one of the classes. The kids have seen a lot of mud around Bundaberg in recent days – many through their homes. It was good to be able to share a bright, colourful story with them, that looked at mud from a different perspective. Warren, your gorgeous illustrations were greatly admired and appreciated!

Kendall's Flat - an East Bundaberg sporting field.

Kendall’s Flat – an East Bundaberg sporting field, now covered in thick, caked mud.

As a part of International Book Giving Day – and just because I wanted to from the depth of my heart – I donated copies of This is the Mud! and Fencing with Fear to the East State School, to let them know I care, and to give them a book with a FUN muddy experience. The fact that Year One is ‘On the Farm’ during this first term made it doubly triply appropriate to their class.

Thank-you 1R and 1A for letting me work in your rooms today. I’m sure you’re going to work hard and make heaps of progress this year!

Year One - Bundaberg East State School

Year One – Bundaberg East State School

International Book Giving Day is 14 February 2013 – but the giving can take place any time in February. Anyone can take part – and it’s not too late to register, or to gift a book. Your gift will help a child feel loved – and maybe even start a love affair with books. Click on the poster below for more information. I have more muddy books I’m giving to other flood-affected community groups. Because reading is fun and reading takes you places. And sometimes we all need a little escape from reality.


Mud in Pre-Prep

I loved hearing about the fun that the Pre-prep student at Bundaberg Christian College had after reading ‘This is the Mud!’ recently. Thanks for sharing!

We put paint onto foam letters and matched them to the letters on our sheets and then had another look at ‘This is the Mud’ book, at the mess the diggers and tractors made in the mud. We drove some small tractors and diggers into our ‘mud’ and then drove all over our paper with it.

This is the mess that they made in the MUD!

We all had a great time and learnt something about rhyming words and really enjoyed the book.

Joanne Henderson, Prep Teacher

This is special!

It’s possible that THIS is why I wrote ‘This is the Mud!’.

I just thought I’d tell you that a Pyjama Angel working with a young boy who she has visited now for nearly 12 months loves ‘This is the Mud’. She has had a lot of problems getting him interested in reading and finding a story line he enjoys and she has now read it over and over on a number of visits – and he asks for more. It’s a great book J

Thrilled to hear it. Thank-you Cressida, for sharing.

Hi Five

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This week I was interviewed by Christie Wild as a part of her Hi Five series for PB authors. Here are some of the Qs she threw at me.

Question ONE: How has reading picture books to your children made you a better parent?
Question TWO: What are three of your favourite picture books?
Question THREE: What was your road to publication like?
Question FOUR: How might teachers use your book in the classroom?
Question FIVE: What are some writing tips you can offer to writers seeking publication?

How did I answer? Come and see… Click here to visit Christie’s blog.