August is always always always my busiest month of the year – and it’s the same for all of my Aussie author and illustrator friends, as Bookweek stretches out to become Bookmonth. I’m spending this month visiting schools and libraries in Bunbury, Perth, Brisbane and Townsville, talking about books and reading and writing. Exhausting, doing so many visits back to back, but at the same time exhilarating, because I am sharing my great love with enthusiastic kids (and adults too). Every school, every library, every session, is different and that’s because every audience is different, and has different interests and experiences and questions. How lucky am I to spend my days doing what I do?
Here’s a song by some clever young choir-mobbers that thrills me. I just had to share.
Have a great Bookmonth. I am already, and know it’s going to keep being wonderful.
Another month has been and gone, and time to report on my readings for the month. It felt like I read a lot this month, but it seems I only managed 13 books. Perhaps because there were a few long ones in there. My favourite this month was revisiting A Monster Calls, even though it made me cry. Now it’s time to see the film adaptation.
Rock Pool Secrets, by Narelle Oliver
Shearing Time, by Allison Paterson & Shane McGrath
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, illustrated by Matt Shanks
The Fix-It Man, by Dimity Powell & Nicky Johnston
The Blue Cat, by Ursula Dubosarsky
The Beast of Hushing Wood, by Gabrielle Wang
The Boy and the Spy, by Felice Arena
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
The Midsummer Garden, by Kirsty Manning
A Hundred Small Lessons, by Ashley Hay
The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller, by Carol Baxter
The Clever Guts Diet, by Dr Michael Mosley
Gardens of Fire, by Robert Kenny
Have a great August – the last month of winter here in my part of the world.