Wendy Blaxland’s ‘How are they Made?’ series launched at Abbotsleigh School Sydney

Wendy Blaxland’s ‘How are they Made?’ series launched at Abbotsleigh School Sydney
I launched Wendy’s series of 12 books ‘How are they Made?’ to hundreds of enthuisiastic Abbotsleigh girls dressed as their favourite book characters.
The research is huge, the books really, really interesting and fun on things around us – paper, pencils, plates & mugs,  sneakers, knives & forks, bottles and jar, jumpers, helmets, basketballs, guitars, cans –  I love the recycling focus too. 

 

Jacqueline Harvey coordinated the Abbotsleigh Literature Festival and was MC of the launch. She’s also the author of the popular series Alice Miranda –  boarding school adventures.  Such a great series. The teacher who dressed up as Alice Miranda was a huge hit with the kids. She bicycled into Wendy’s launch wearing a helmet – highlighting Wendy’s ‘Helmet’ book in the series.

 I loved speaking about Wendy and these fantastic books.

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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