Well, only a month to go until the big red man comes down our air-conditioning vents, and one hopes he’s wearing thongs and boardies given the weather we’ve been having!
It’s been a wonderful year this year, and I have loved being part of the children’s writing community.
This year, I worked with a group of 52 Year 1 students, teaching them the skill of picture-book writing. Over a 10-week period, these budding authors and illustrators worked so hard, moving from their idea for an original story, to story-boarding their concepts, through the heavy writing and editing process to, finally, illustrating their story. At times, they experienced writers’ block and the pressures of deadlines, but each child stepped boldly up to the plate and delivered charming, beautifully illustrated picture books that deserve a place on any library shelf. I edited and published these books, and the new authors were thrilled to be given the opportunity to set up a shingle at home to ‘sell’ their book to unsuspecting parents and grandparents.
It was a great privilege to watch these little six-year-olds accept this massive challenge (for any age) and run with it all the way to then end. Here are a few examples of their front covers…
The Cloud’s Adventure