I was fortunate to be part of a wonderful group of no less than 10 amazing authors who volunteered to be involved in an author afternoon tea at Terry Hills Public School last week representing the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Northern Sydney sub-branch. Inspiring kids with books is the aim of these events, and what inspiration we get back!
I had such tremendous fun test driving my 'hot off the press' advance copies of my upcoming release The Scared Book. The photos below show the waving hands of the kids as they participate in the story - it was priceless.
You never know what you'll get when you throw the floor open to questions - this time I got these gems:
'Where you scared when you wrote The Scared Book?'
'Did you write Scary Night?'
Don't you just love the way kids brains work?
For the first I was able to answer that I had to think what it was like to be scared in order to imagine a book feeling that way. For the second, it was a pleasure to point out that my friend and co-presenter on the day, Lesley Gibbes, had that honour.
A presentation of flowers and book sales and signings ended a wonderful afternoon. It was lovely to see When I See Grandma selling well at this event.
Many thanks to the school and the organisers.
Here are some other photos of the day: Aura Parker drawing Heidi from Twig; Lesley Gibbes talking about her Fizz series and her new picture book, Fluke; and Shelly Unwin with her new You're one...five series.