It’s Book Week in Australia; book character costumes, author visits, library visits and celebrations of all things bookish.
Day One was the costume parade. I dressed up as Tiddalick the frog – and was thrilled to see Brette from my chapter book, ‘Fencing with Fear’ also put in a surprise appearance.
Day Two we had a day of school visits at our local library, with storytelling, scavenger hunt, spiney poems and other fun activities.
Day Three was a fab day doing author talks and poetry activities at Discovery Christian College, where the Yr 8 students were so enthusiastic about zentangle poems, when the bell rang, they didn’t want to leave.
“Is it lunch time? Oh good. I’m staying. I want to finish this!”
We thought one student coined a new term, animalification – where humans take on animal traits, to explain why the bully is represented by a wolf in ‘Bully on the Bus’. But then I googled and found it is a term! Meaning exactly that. Who knew? (Smart kid, Jammy!)
One of the best things about author visits? No matter how many you do, there is always a new pearl (or strand) of wisdom that kids share. It never gets old. In my session with the Yr 1-4 students, within the first five minutes I had a Yr 1 girl ask how much money I make when someone buys one of my books. Wow! Keeping me on my toes with a Maths question! And coming from one so young.
It was a pleasure to work with kids who were beautifully behaved, engaged and interactive — and creative too.
I hope your Book Week has been festive, fabulous fun! Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe has the Poetry Friday round-up for this week. Thanks, Heidi.