Last week I spent the week out on the road with two awesome librarians, Saskia Hill and Susan Dodd, as part of the Canterbury NZ Post Children’s Book Festival Roadshow. We decided that this year, we wanted to talk about and read the finalist books to as many children as we possibly could over the course of the Festival week. We battled heavy rain, flooding, horrible traffic and a flat tyre to deliver our Roadshow to the kids of Canterbury. We visited 11 schools, 13 preschools, presented 2 Books Before Bedtime Pyjama Parties and read to over 6000 children over the course of the week.
Part of our programme was performing Margaret Mahy and Gavin Bishop’s wonderful picture book, Mister Whistler. I danced around as Mister Whistler, while Saskia read the book and got the kids interacting with the story. Here’s a couple of photos of my performance.
It was an awesome experience and something that we hope to repeat again next year. These were my highlights of the week:
- Dressing up as Mister Whistler and dancing around while taking my clothes on and off.
- Giving away heaps of copies of Kyle Mewburn’s Melu and Rachael King’s Red Rocks to kids all around Canterbury and seeing their faces light up.
- Seeing kids so eager to answer questions about the finalist books so they can win a bookmark.
- Meeting lots of enthusiastic teachers and librarians who love books.
- Reading and talking about books with kids of all ages and doing it all with one of the coolest people around, Saskia Hill.
Here is a small selection of our photos from the week:
Best of luck to all the authors and illustrators on the shortlist for the awards. I’m really looking forward to going to the awards ceremony here in Christchurch tonight. I’ll be live Tweeting from the event so if you want to know the winners first, follow me – @zackids.