Book Week is certainly one of my favourite times of year! This year is the 70th annual CBCA Book Week and the theme is Books light up your World. Aside from the fact that books have been lighting up my world since I was a young child, now, as an adult, I am living my dream, writing stories that children seem to enjoy reading. I also love being inspired by life stories or transported by my imagination to faraway places and times, whilst sitting in my home, reading a good book.
Being a children’s author is such a privilege, especially at this time of year, when we authors have the opportunity to meet so many children and rejoice in our love of books and reading. As a young child, I could never have imagined meeting an author- and now, something that I love most about being an author is meeting the wonderful children who inspire me to write.
From 22 August to 29 August, schools all around Australia will be holding book parades and book fairs to celebrate children’s literature (although I think many celebrate before and after that time). Book Week really needs to be renamed Book Month!
I’m certainly looking forward to celebrating next week with students from Roseville Public School, Kings Langley Public School, Rydalmere East Public School and Pymble Ladies College. This past week I’ve visited St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Vardy’s Road Public School, Cobbitty Public School and St John the Evangelist in Campbelltown. The enthusiasm and love for books and stories has been inspiring!
In the August Newsletter, we are running a great competition! All you need to do is dress up as your favourite Alice-Miranda or Clementine Rose character (anyone from the books and there are hundreds of characters!), take a photo, subscribe to my Newsletter and send in the photo for a chance to win some of the latest Alice-Miranda or Clementine Rose releases. Each month you’ll get a newsletter sent to your inbox with loads of news and activities and there’s always a competition too! Winners can only be chosen from people who have subscribed to the Newsletter.
Happy Book Week to everyone and if I don’t see you this week, keep an eye on the events page of my website, as I have loads of School and bookstore appearances planned before I fly to the United Kingdom in late September.
Oh and the countdown is on – only 10- more days until the release of Alice-Miranda In the Alps!! I can’t wait and will be appearing at Castle Hill, St Ives, The Children’s Bookshop Beecroft and at the fabulous Children’s Book Council Big Book Day Out. Check the events page for full details.
Have a great weekend.
Jacqueline Harvey, Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose xx