Harper Collins and Electroboard hosted a Virtual Launch at Electroboard premises of A Boy Like Me with both author and artist Bruce Whatley able to talk to students and librarians from Tasmania to Toowoomba. A virtual book signing - maybe Australia's first - was followed by a hearty afternoon tea and the book is out there for all to enjoy. With its theme of peace and Bruce's sensitive illustrations it is a timely work for both children and their parents.
Monday, May 21, 2012
DOUBLE BAY LIBRARY had lots of prams parked outside today. I talked to some 20 families about the National Year of Reading and read The Very Cranky Bear, the chosen text for Simultaneous Reading across Australia, with lots of sound effects from the gathered pre-schoolers; and then I read from one or two of my own picture books and talked to the mums about the importance of reading and of introducing their kids to poetry at a young age. Right now!