So what are you up to these holidays?

July 11, 2019 at 1:00 pm | Posted in children's education, children's literacy, Favourite kids' books | Leave a comment
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It’s the summer holidays at last! YAY!!!! (Or the winter break if you’re down south of the Equator of course :)). School’s out, you’ve got time on your hands…so what are you up to?

Personally, I’m reading lots and lots of BOOKS! And not just because it’s my favourite way of passing the time! But also because BOOKS ARE BRILLIANT FOR YOUR BRAIN!

The latest scientific research shows that reading lots of books gives you:

  • a HUGE VOCABULARY
  • HUGE GENERAL KNOWLEDGE
  • GREAT WRITING STYLE
  • FANTASTIC FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION
  • BRILLIANT STRESS RELIEF
  • a SUPERB IMAGINATION
  • EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINALITY, CREATIVITY and IDEAS (so you can save the world!)
  • GREAT COMPASSION FOR OTHERS
  • not to mention THE BEST SCHOOL RESULTS (when you get back to school!)

If you don’t believe me, get Mum and Dad to take a look here at my talk to some Australian librarians last year – which sets out all the science they need to read!

So what are you waiting for! Put down that electronic tablet/gaming device/lap top (which only makes you good at playing games and manipulating a mouse) and pick up a fabulous BOOK!

And if you’ve read all your books, it’s time to go to your favourite library or bookshop to get some more! You can tell your Mum and Dad from me that it’s the best investment they’ll ever make for you!

HOORAY FOR BOOKS!

The Hong Kong Young Reader’s Festival 2018 has begun – and it’s fantastic!

March 5, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Favourite kids' books, Hong Kong events, Literary Festivals | Leave a comment
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Hello again! I’m SOOOO excited! The Hong Kong Young Reader’s Festival 2018 has just begun and there’s so much for kids from 4 to 104 to do and see! There’s a fantastic schools program of course and also some great FREE events! (Not to mention a fabulous official poster by Harry Harrison, above!)

THIS WEEKEND there will be an amazing line-up of famous children’s authors, illustrators and performers appearing at eight FREE public events – you can read about them all at the HKYRF website! The events take place at Lee Gardens Two, outside 217-218, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay from 1.45pm to 6pm!

And if you want to meet my dashing Desmond Dog, come along and hear me read his story in my session from 1.45 – 2.45pm! Here are the details! I look forward to seeing you all there!

HK grown ups! Join famous illustrator Gus Gordon for a fabulous workshop on Thursday evening!

March 5, 2018 at 8:01 pm | Posted in Favourite kids' books, illustrators, Literary Festivals | Leave a comment
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Gus Gordon event, 8th March 2018Are you interested in illustrating picture books? Are you a picture book fan? Join the extraordinary Gus Gordon on Thursday night this week at 7pm at the Naked Hub, 5 – 13 New Street in Sai Ying Pun, to hear him speak about his creative process and the relationship between words and illustrations. There will also be a short workshop component so you can try out your own skills!

Students above 18 interested in picture books are also very welcome! This fantastic event is FREE but if you are interested you should register at info@festival.org.hk

In addition, Gus will be appearing at a FREE public event for kids with an illustration workshop on Saturday from 15.45 – 16.45, on 2nd Floor at Lee Garden 2, Causeway Bay. To find out more, click here.

And if you want to read more about Gus, take a look at this wonderful article on the sublime Brain Pickings.

A fabulously fun YouTube video if you’re travelling to Italy this summer!

June 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm | Posted in Favourite kids' books | Leave a comment
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I ADORE Leigh Hobbs’ Mister Chicken series…and this is a wonderful video tribute made by one of his fan-families about “Mr Chicken Goes to Rome”. It’s MAGNIFICO!

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