Room to Read works with communities and families in remote areas to provide girls’ scholarships, build libraries and schools, publish bi-lingual books, distribute books and has reached more than 9 million children.
Writer ambassadors gather at The Hughenden Hotel to support Room to Read. The Room to Read logo is on Writer Ambassador websites and blogs.
John Wood CEO of Room to Read and co founder of Room to Read, thanked the Room to Read Australian team and volunteers, SCBWI authors and illustrators at celebrations in The Hughenden Sydney.
John Wood and Room to Read have endorsed ‘I AM JACK’ as encapsulating the Room to Read values of literacy:
“I Am Jack is a wonderful book that recognises the importance of kids, reading and literacy”.
Co-founder of Room to Read bringing literacy to the world.
Our challenge is to change the world with education in countries like Nepal, India, Vietnam- Writer Ambassadors for Room to Read – Tristan Bancks, Susanne Gervay & Deborah Abela are asking that we all support kids. www.roomtoread.org
‘I Am Jack books support Room to Read with the final and 4th I Am Jack book BEING JACK advocating for Room to Read and the right of all children to read.
Jennie Orchard and Mihiri Udage Coordinators of the Writer Ambassador program welcome best selling children’s authors and illustrators, as writer ambassadors – Libby Hathorn, Deborah Abela, Tristan Bancks, Melina Marchetta, Markus Zusak, Kate Forsyth, Belinda Murrell, Sarah Davis, Oliver Phommavanh, Serena Geddes, Jacqueline Harvey, others and Susanne Gervay.
Markus Zusak was the keynote speaker at the First Australian Literary event at the Queen Victoria Tea Rooms Sydney. Recently the Writers Ambassadors manned Berkelouw’s Bookshops taking Room to Read across Sydney. Deborah Abela and Susanne Gervay hammed it up – as a pig and sheep!
ZAK the YAK, Room to Read’s mascot joined in at the SCBWI stand at the CBCA Big Book Day Out Fair. Susanne and Zak had a great time speaking about books.
Writer Ambassadors Susanne Gervay and Deborah Abela – Tweedle-Dee & Tweedle-Dum ham it up (oink!) or warm it up (baa!) for a Room to Read event. Everyone invited to the farm.
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.
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 are annoying.
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 has since been adapted into a critically acclaimed play.