To add to the celebrations during book week we welcomed author and illustrator Andrew Plant to our school. We were delighted to hear the story of how he started his career as a Science student, but he soon realised that he enjoyed drawing animals more than researching them. He soon became a well known illustrator for many children’s books until he also turned his skills and imagination into creating his own stories.
He read his best seller “The Poppy” to us. It was wonderful to hear the background of the story and all about his time living in France.
We were then given some tips on how to improve our own stories and illustrations. It was a wonderful opportunity for us all to learn more about literature and develop our own skills.
I think this was the best book week ever since I’ve been at this school.
Thank you all for participating. Every one in the school was invited to send in a family photo about how they connect to reading. All the pictures were amazing, spectacular and ultimate!
The book week parade was full of many colourful costumes and characters.
So thank you to every one for supporting book week in the dress up parade and family reading photos.
Richard Galbraith is an author and illustrator. He has produced a variety of kids books and cartoon workshops on CD and apps.
We were lucky to have him visit our school today and share his expertise and imagination through his drawing.
WE enjoyed learning the skills of cartooning. We discovered how to give expression, personality and action to our cartoons.
Richard has written the novel ‘Snowfire’ and a variety of adventures about Banjo Blue the koala.
There was great excitement at school this week when Sue deGennaro came to visit. She is the illustrator of the childrens’ book “Button Boy.”
She shared her story of becoming an illustrator only 7 years ago. Sue told us that she was always drawing in her spare time, when she wasn’t flying on the trapeze at the circus. Sue is very talented.
We discovered that it takes 6 or 7 drafts until her pictures are just right. Sue makes many copies, altering the colour, detail and characters in the illustrations.
We were given step by step instructions on how to create the little boy from ‘Button Boy’ walking along and Grandma playing with her needle and thread.
Sue explained she made a dummy book to check that the text and pictures worked together. We discovered that by changing the position of the eyes on a face can alter the whole mood of the character.
We also learnt that shadows can add movement to the character and bring it to life. WE love learning these tips from Sue and look forward to using them when we design our own characters for our upcoming narratives.
Book week is so much fun especially when we dress as a book character. This years theme was Reading Across The Universe, so many of us dressed as super heroes or space characters.
We love sharing our favourite books with our prep buddies and finding out about the Books on the Shortlist for book week.
Reading is such an important part of our learning and we love that books take us on journey guided by our imaginations.
What do you do to celebrate Book Week?
This Week we celebrate great literature in Australia. Many amazing authors were shortlisted for the Book Week awards. We will discuss the Books that we have enjoyed. Please add your comments to our Voicethread.
What is your favourite book to read?