My first fabulous day at Shen Wai International School, Shenzhen!

March 30, 2015 at 9:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Yesterday and today I met the fabulous kids, teachers and library staff at the impressive Shen Wai International School in Shenzhen! We had eight fun-filled sessions, with the Nursery Kids meeting ALL my stuffed toys and the characters in my Dirty Stories, the Pre-Kindies and Kindies meeting Chester Choi, the Grade 1s meeting Pin Yin Panda, the Grade 2s and 3s meeting Rodney Ram, the Grade 4 and 5s meeting Sybil Snake, and the big guys and girls of the Middle Years program meeting my Dark Horse! Phew! And needless to say everyone learned a lot of fascinating Chinese folklore, history and culture! My lovely host was Teacher Librarian Joanna Tomaszewska, and she looked after me like a princess! Here we are above in front of a fabulous painting of Pin Yin Panda, then there’s me under the SWIS Reading Tree simply swarming with all my stuffed toys, and last of all, a trip by tuk tuk to dinner!  It was fun!


Just 17 more days to enter my Shaggy Sheep Poem Competition!

March 24, 2015 at 8:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Here is Rodney Ram writing his latest rustic air (that means folk tune to you and me !). So if Rodney can write things, so can YOU! And you’ve got just 17 more days to enter my Shaggy Sheep Poem competition! See the Clever Competition page above for all the details!

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Another great day at CAIS Lower Primary, Kwai Chung!

March 23, 2015 at 10:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thank you to teacher librarian Jeannie Li and assistant Justin Enns for hosting another fun day at CAIS today! It was great to see you all again! Remember to enter my writing competition – details above on the Clever Competitions page!

A Fabulous Event at Asia Society in Hong Kong!

March 22, 2015 at 2:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A big thank you to Asia Society Hong Kong’s Executive Director Alice Mong (second to my right) and Head of Programs (Arts and Culture) Winsome Tam (first to my right) for hosting a fabulous story reading event at Asia Society yesterday in conjunction with RoomtoRead, for me and my shy Rodney Ram! We had a fun, interactive story reading with a whole lot of kids, mums and dads, together with a tricky quiz for young and old with mini-panda prizes, some gorgeous colouring-in sheets by Harry Harrison to keep the kids busy before and afterwards, and wonderful speeches from Alice and the lovely Helen Van der Zalm from RoomtoRead (third to my right). It was a great honour to do an event at such a great Hong Kong institution, while representing such an exceptional children’s charity. Don’t forget to visit their websites at: – for must-do cultural events in Hong Kong for the whole family and – to see how you and your family can help make the world a better, safer place for everyone by promoting children’s literacy.

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Me with the fabulous team from RoomtoRead and Winsome Tam.

The Chinese Calendar Characters romp into CAIS Lower Primary School!

March 20, 2015 at 7:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today my funny and fabulous Chinese Calendar Tale characters and I went romping in to Christian Alliance International School Lower Primary Campus at Kwai Chung! We met the gorgeous Kindies, some Grade 1s, and the Grade 2s, with two story readings of The Tale of Pin Yin Panda, and two of The Tale of Rodney Ram! And they all met my fun cast of stuffed toys, cousins of my Chinese Calendar characters. Here I am above with librarian Jeannie Li, holding Spring the Lamb, library technician Justin Enns looking a bit puzzled as he points at the Big Cat Stamford, who never made it into the Zodiac (all because of that cheating Rat), and me with my Bear Bunny Bear! I’ll be seeing you all again on Monday when I visit the rest of the Grade 1s and the Grade 3s!

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Meet Rodney Ram at a Funny and Fabulous Event with the Asia Society this weekend in Hong Kong!

March 19, 2015 at 9:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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If you haven’t yet met my artistic, shy, romantic Ram yet, now is your chance!

This Saturday, Rodney Ram and I will be appearing at the Asia Society in Admiralty for a FREE special event in conjunction with educational charity RoomtoRead! There will be a story reading, book-signing, quiz with prizes, free bookmarks and colouring-in pages, and loads of fun for kids, mums and dads!

1.45pm – 4pm
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
9 Justice Dr
Hong Kong

Please click on the link below for more information, and to register for the event. And do come up and say hello to me – I’d love to meet you in person!

A fabulous final blast in Shanghai at YCIS Regency and Century Park campuses!

March 19, 2015 at 9:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My last day in Shanghai on Wednesday this week was just fabulous! Delightful fellow-Aussie Tania McPhillamy was my teacher librarian host, and looked after me brilliantly, as I met all of primary, from Year 1 right up the Year 6! It was wonderful to have the chance to introduce them to my Chinese Calendar Tale characters, with story readings, Chinese history and folklore galore, and there were a lot of clever questions too! I look forward to receiving lots of entries from you all in my Shaggy Sheep Poetry Competition! Photos to come!

A Marvellous Monday at Montessori School Beijing!

March 19, 2015 at 9:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


A big warm hello to the fantastic staff and children at Montessori School Beijing, where I spent a very busy, very happy day on Monday this week! We read stories all day, with the kindy kids meeting Chester Choi, the Grade 1s meeting Pin Yin Panda and the Grade 2s meeting Rodney Ram! I had a ball! Huge thanks to Head of English Wesley Morris for hosting, and to the terrific staff for making me feel so welcome! I’ll see you all next year!

The Super Kids of Starbugs Shanghai meet Rodney Ram!

March 19, 2015 at 9:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


On Saturday 14, I met my good friends at Starbugs, the after-school club teaching local Shanghai kids  to read English by reading great English language stories, in two fun sessions in Puxi and Pudong! We had a hugely enthusiastic audience of kids, mums and dads, whose English was SO much better than my Chinese! As always, it was fabulous to meet you all, and big thanks especially to owner Qing Yang and the fabulous Zoe Zhang for hosting the events! I’ll see you all again next year!

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A Funny and Fabulous Friday at SAS Puxi!

March 14, 2015 at 9:50 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A big warm thank you to wonderful teacher librarian and friend Beth Rohrbeck for inviting me again to SAS Puxi on Friday – my fourth visit! It was a VERY busy day! The Grade 1s, 2s and 4s met Rodney Ram and found out all about how rice came to China! The Grade 3s learned all about How to Write a Riveting Story, and even the Kindies met all my Chinese Calendar characters and their stuffed toy cousins! And all of us talked about how important reading lots and lots of books is for the brain! It was fun, and it was fabulous! Photos to come!

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