25th August Reading Hour, Teacher Librarians – Embrace National Year of Reading

25th August Reading Hour, Teacher Librarians – Embrace National Year of Reading

Eastern Suburbs Librarian Conference at Maroubra Junction School, National Year of reading 2012Loved talking to the teacher-librarians at Maroubra Junction Public School in the eastern Suburbs of Sydney.

 The Reading Hour is on the 25th August – mums and dads, teachers and kids, grocers and butchers, life savers and dog trainers …. EVERYONE … are going to pick up a book and read for the National Year of Reading 2012.

Pick up a book and read – in a group, under a tree, with friends …. it’s cool and colossal.


Kate Colley shared her favourite new books – you can always count on Bloomin’ Books.

I shared ‘Ships in the Field’ and the complex issues within Anna Pigantaro’s painting:-

– the dog of war and the dog of hope

– the fighter planes becoming birds of hope

– refugees who are transparent and become so small as they board the ships

– and …..

-with some of my favourite people – teacher-librarians.Anna Pignataro's illustration of 'Ships in the Field' by Susanne Gervay

National year of reading 2012, partner of SCBWI, NSW Writers Centre, Room to Read, Books in Homes

I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.


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