The Little Book Adventure: Project #6- Meet an author or illustrator

August is such a wonderful time for celebrating books in Australia. This month hosts National Bookshop Day, Book Week and The Reading Hour. These events will see MANY children’s book authors and illustrators visiting local bookstores and libraries around Australia for special storytimes, workshops and book signings.  It is a perfect month to meet some of your favourite book creators face to face.

THE PROJECT:

This month’s project is a really easy one, but it will most certainly leave a STRONG impression on your children.

There’s very little preparation required by you for this project; all you need to do is set aside a morning or afternoon to take your child/ren to one of the special events being held in libraries and bookshops this month- and there are plenty to choose from (most of them FREE). Scroll to the bottom of this post to find an event near you.

HOW TO GET ALL KIDS INVOLVED/GOING FURTHER:

  • Make an effort to introduce your child to the author/illustrator and have a chat
  • Take a photo of your child with the author/illustrator
  • Ask the author/illustrator to write a message in your child’s book

It is highly likely for your child that undertaking these small acts will incite a life-long interest in that author. It is an empowering way to ensure your child stays connected to books.

Cam gets ‘dragged’ along to many bookish events. Thankfully she loves them as much as I do. In three short years, she’s been quite lucky to meet a number of authors and illustrators.

Katherine Battersby certainly left an impression on her (I think because she made reference to Cam’s pink dress in a message). Every time we read Squish Rabbit,  Cam asks, “When are we going to see Katherine again?” I love the way she speaks about Katherine as if she’s a long-lost friend.

ALTERNATIVES:

If you can’t make it to an event, you could:

CHALLENGE COMPLETION:

This challenge will officially end on August 31, 2012

Once you have finished the project:

a)      Leave a comment below and tell us about your experience

OR

b)      Upload a photo to our Facebook page (It might be a photo taken with an author/illustrator or a photo of the personal message written by that author)

BLOGGERS:

You might have your own blog and wish to write about how you and your family approached this challenge. Feel free to write about it in a post, publish it on your blog and link up here for our readers.


PRIZES:

There aren’t any sponsors or prizes for this project. My Little Bookcase would like to promote as many Australian authors, illustrators, libraries and bookstores as possible this month.

Plus, we think meeting a much-loved author or illustrator is one of the best prizes going around.

FIND AN EVENT NEAR YOU:

I realise the list below is far from being complete, but it’s a starting point for you. If you hear of any other events please let me know and I’ll happily add them to the list.

  • Check with your child’s teacher. The school may have organised a guest speaker or special event.
  • National Bookshop Day, 11 August: Like the facebook page and keep updated with events taking place around Australia:

ACT

NSW

  • The Children’s Bookshop (Meet Margaret Piper, Anna Fienberg, Ursula Dubosarsky, Duncan Ball, Deborah Abela, Frances Watts, Belinda Murrell, Lisa Stewart): Visit website for dates and details

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

  • Matilda’s Books (Meet Catriona Hoy and Claire Saxby): Contact bookstore for details on 9888 1433 (website)
  • Melbourne Writer’s Festival: (Meet Leigh Hobbs, Jackie French, Andy Griffiths, Judy Horacek, Carole Wilkinson, Tohby Riddle, Melina Marchetta, Morris Gleitzman, Michael Pryor, Lili Wilkinson, Sonya Harnett, Terry Denton, Emily Rodda, Lorraine Marwood, Archie Fusillo, Heath MacKenzie, Graeme Base, Gabrielle Wang and Others) : Visit the website for details and dates.

WA

http://www.matildasbooks.com.au/
The Little Book Adventure: Project #6- Meet an author or illustrator

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  1. My kids loved writing fan mail to an Olympian and we’ve been reading a few different books in English (they especially love Dr Zuess at the moment) so am trying to organise writing letters to an author! Won’t be able to take them to a reading unfortunatly

    • Letters to authors are just as brilliant. Maybe you could organise an author to visit your classroom. Maybe one of the children could invite an author along in their letter. ?????

  2. What a lovely post! Getting to meet readers is definitely the best thing about being an author. And kids leave an impression on us too – little Cam was just delightful! :)

  3. We drove down the road and we saw The Wonky Donkey Man, “Hee Haw” and he had Daddy’s “gootar” according to master 2.5. We were fortunate to have author Craig Smith come to Port Lincoln, SA with his guitar (not Daddy’s) and books and puppets. Both miss 4 and master 2.5 had their books signed and enjoyed the tales of The Wonkey, Willbee The Bumblebee, and Kaha The Kea.

  4. **We drove down the road and we saw The Wonky Donkey Man, “Hee Haw” and he had Daddy’s “gootar” according to master 2.5. We were fortunate to have author Craig Smith come to Port Lincoln, SA with his guitar (not Daddy’s) and books and puppets. Both miss 4 and master 2.5 had their books signed and enjoyed the tales of The Wonkey Donkey, Willbee The Bumblebee, and Kaha The Kea.

  5. Unfortunately our event for National Bookshop Day was cancelled, so we didn’t get to meet Jeanette Rowe as planned. We did manage to get to the ‘Meet Maisy’ morning at Dymocks though. Ella loved meeting Maisy and gave her a big hug and had fun listening to stories, colouring some Maisy pages and making her own headband. I’ve uploaded a photo to facebook too.

    • It is a shame about the Jeanette Rowe event, but I’m really impressed by your commitment to get to another event. Hope Ella had a great time.

  6. We ended up having the Burleigh library come and visit the kids for bookweek which the kids loved! They have such a love for reading it’s very exciting! They always ask when they can read, or will I read to them!! Was a fun activity for them to learn about the different types of books and hear someof the nominations.
    Jennifer

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