Local Library storytelling

We’ve had some fun, my daughter and I, visiting local libraries and meeting some wonderful kids who love Delia and her perfectly pink earmuffs!

First we visited Parkholme Library, (larger than I expected) wonderfully helpful staff, and they also have a fabulous toy library.  (Wish I knew this when DD was little!)

Next we visited Marion Cultural centre, which is a fabulous space for creativity. They have many free events here. Check their next school holiday events at Marion.gov.au. I met some eager children, who were very creative, and put together some beautiful earmuffs of their own, after my storytelling.

A big thank you to all the library co-ordinators everywhere, who put so much time, care and effort into organising events for our communities to learn , enjoy and come away inspired.

Zoe’s Perfectly Pink Earmuffs


Book Review: The Secret GardenĀ 

The Secret Garden by France’s Hodgson Burnett

Ah, what a sweet and lovely way to wander into Autumn, than with a book about a truly magical garden. 

The story starts with Mary Lennox, as spoiled and sour child, living in India, like a princess, whom at the age of 10 cannot even dress oneself. Through circumstances beyond her control , she is taken in by her Uncle and is sent to England to live with him. She eventually meets her cousin, Colin Craven, who is in fact a worse child than herself, and has been told repeatedly he is going to die.

As she begins to explore her new home, and stately gardens at Misselthwaite Manor, she meets some very interesting characters, (human and animal) and learns about how happy life can be as a normal, healthy child. To see the garden come back to life , to observe the ‘moor’through each season, as seen through a child’s eyes, who has very little himself, but has such joy in his heart ( Dickon Sowerby), it is hard not to be captured by this old classic story. 

My favourite character: The Robyn.

Notes: Slow to start, keep with it, it’s truly worth it. The Yorkshire English dialogue may pull the young reader out of the story. 

Suitable for ages 10 and up.  


Delia Book Launch Success!

Hi everyone,

Well what a fun launch day we had at Henley Beach Library. I am pleased to tell you it was a great success, and the kids had such fun listening to my story, followed by some craft, creating their own earmuffs with fake fur, and glittery bits, and a healthy morning tea.

I met quite a few new readers, who took away my book, found a cosy spot to sit and  read it over and over with their parents and grandparents, finding something new each time.

A BIG thank you to Julia and Sue at the Library for your support and setting up each area. Everything ran so smoothly. Also thank you to Mayor Evans for officiating the launch, who spoke of the need for different types of books out there to appeal to the individual reader.

Thanks so much to everyone who attended, it was lovely too see so many smiling faces!


Book Week – Bookmaking in Junior Primary

I had a lovely visit last week to my daughter’s school. The students from Junior Primary, were very enthused about their current book making projects. I visited 7 classes, and read my book to each class, with many laughs and giggles. One student requested, ‘Could you read the blurb first?’ and no one had any idea what a navel was, as we all call it a belly button now! So while the teachers thought the ‘inventive Automatic Navel Fluff Extractor Machine’ was hilarious, the picture was essential for the children to understand. I thought it made a good discussion point on how important the illustrations are for ‘showing’ the story. Or maybe it should have been an ‘Automatic Belly Button Fluff Extractor Machine!

Then we had question time, and I gave them an activity. What would Delia invent next?  You can write it down and/or draw a picture. 

I was amazed by all the incredibly colourful drawings that were created as I went around and talked to the kids about how their inventions worked.  There were many re-invented earmuffs, alot of hot air balloons, tool boxes with magical things inside, treasure maps and portals into other times and worlds! Everyone was so full of smiles and enthusiasm.

Thank you to all teachers and students for a fun day. Keep up the great work with your wonderful writing projects.


First School Visit – YIKES!

Yikes! Just days after I take delivery of my picture book, I am in my daughter’s classroom for a very first Book Reading.

I am a little shy in a crowd, but the kids were so adorable. I looked at their happy little faces, put on my best smile, and just read my book. They all sat there, very attentive, and listened to every word.

Their questions were fantastic, and just kept coming. I hope I have inspired them as much as they have motivated me. Maybe a sequel with a flying toolbox?

The children are currently working on the Narrative Genre (storytelling) and creating their own books, which is just fantastic.

I very much look forward to reading your picture books in the coming weeks Room 5A, thanks for having us!