Role Models for Books in Homes includes writers, illustrators, sports stars and TV personalities who are committed to sharing books to promote literacy.
“Children who cannot read, become adults who cannot communicate and this is unacceptable in a world that operates on the written word.” – Books in Homes
Books in Homes Australia provides books-of-choice to families and children living in remote and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong success. 25% of titles on offer are written by Indigenous Authors and/or Illustrators.’ Books in Homes aims to break the education inequality found in remote and disadvantaged communities.
The Books in Homes program strongly supports the development of indigenous writers and illustrators and publishers of children’s books created by indigenous authors and illustrators.
Susanne Gervay as one of the committee for the Books in Homes selection panel, supports the high standards of books being sent to kids across Australia.
As a Books in Home Role Model Susanne Gervay has addressed many schools in a unique celebration of books.
Thankyou to Kim Kingston the General Manager for Books in Homes who is a passionate advocate of the rights of children to read.
Where do you live in Australia?
What was your favourite book as a child?
Winnie the Pooh
Three things people may not know about you?
1. I LOVE chocolate and pickles
2. I ADORE my children even when they annoy me.
3. I broke my ribs in three places.
When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?
As soon as I could scribble my name. I was three. My father would sit in his armchair and listen to me reading my endless stories. I loved it.
What advice would you give to any kids who want to be a writer as well?
Write about everything you do, how you feel, what you imagine. Write and write and write. It’s how you learn the craft. Be brave when a teacher gives comments, because you want your writing to be as good as it can be. I listen to my editors who are like teachers, although sometimes it’s hard. Have fun writing.
Susanne Gervay is an award-winning author and public speaker as well as being the Chair of the Board of the NSW Writers Centre.
Her Jack book series—I am Jack, Super Jack, and Always Jack has since been adapted into a critically acclaimed play.