Just 13 more days to vote in the Golden Dragon Book Awards 2016!

February 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Book Awards, Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese Zodiac, Hong Kong Schools, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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B-A-A-A-H! Rodney Ram and I would like to remind you that there are just 13 more days to cast YOUR vote for The Tale of Rodney Ram in the Golden Dragon Book Awards 2016! So if you love my shy, romantic, handsome sheep, or you love my books, or you just love lamb chops, and you are a Hong Kong school student or teacher or the parent of a Hong Kong school student, please go to http://www.hkgoldendragonawards.org/voting.html right away to cast your vote!

A fabulous day at Kingston International School, Kowloon Tong!

February 16, 2016 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Chinese Calendar Tales, Hong Kong Schools, Uncategorized, writing competitions, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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Today  I had the best day doing workshops with Upper Primary at Kingston International School in Kowloon Tong! The Grade 4s unscrambled limericks and identified haikus and completed the gaps in a horrifying poem called Let’s Destroy the School in my Introduction to Poetry Workshop! The Grade 5s and 6s learned all about How to Write a Riveting Story that will glue the reader’s nose to the page, and left with a fab Story Planning sheet to plan their next stories! And some of them even promised to use them to plan their entry into my current Clever Competition (see tab at the top of this page!). I can’t wait to read their entries! Huge thanks to the lovely Jennifer Shaw for hosting me today! Photos to come!

Ming Kee Monkey swings into GSIS and ICHKHLY!

January 28, 2016 at 5:41 pm | Posted in Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac, Hong Kong Schools, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Ming Kee Monkey and I have had a ball this week, in two fabulous Hong Kong schools! On Monday we were meant to be visiting Japanese International School, but the weather was SOOOO cold that the Hong Kong Education Board closed all the primary schools – so I’ll be seeing them again later in February!

On Tuesday we visited German Swiss International School at their Wanchai campus, and the feisty kids of Grades 3 to 6 met my mischievous Monkey in three fun story readings! Many thanks to my wonderful old friend Megan Lindsay for hosting me and for preparing such a fun welcome board (above)!

And then today I spent a very happy morning at International College of Hong Kong, Hong Lok Yuen, when the big kids met Ming Kee Monkey and the little kids met Pin Yin Panda. We had a lot of fun! Thanks to Deputy Principal Brett MacKenzie for inviting me! (Photos to come!)

 

Ming Kee Monkey swings into Kennedy School in Hong Kong!

January 21, 2016 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Book launches, Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac, Hong Kong Schools, Kennedy School, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Ming Kee Monkey had her very first outing today at Kennedy School in Pok Fu Lam! It was the very first time that I read her story to anyone, anywhere, and it was such fun to introduce her to her new fans! Special thanks to Head of English Jeff Moore for being such a fabulous host, and to all the kids and teachers of Grades 3 to 6 for being such a great audience! And a big hello to the scrumptious kids of Grades 1 to 2 who met my cheeky Pin Yin Panda early in the morning! Photos to come!

The World Change Challenge begins in Hong Kong!

May 30, 2015 at 9:52 am | Posted in Bookshop event, Hong Kong Schools, Room to Read | 1 Comment
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Room to Read team with CEO and founder John Wood (centre), Jennie Orchard (4th from L), Jodie Mullen (8th from L) and Hong Kong authors Nury Vittachi (1st on L), Sarah Brennan (6th from L) and Bhakti Mathur (7th from L).

On Wednesday evening Room to Read’s World Change Challenge kicked off here in Hong Kong! John Wood, CEO and founder of Room to Read, Jennie Orchard (Co-ordinator of  its Writer Ambassador Program) and Hong Kong writer ambassadors Bhakti Mathur, Nury Vittachi and I, spoke to a lovely crowd of teachers, librarians and supporters at Growhouse in Central about the fabulous, fun World Change Challenge for school students! The challenge was started by Aussie kids and teens author Tristan Bancks,  and you can read more about it here:

http://www.tristanbancks.com/2015/05/room-to-read-world-change-challenge-2015_28.html.

So click the link to discover all the great ideas and fun you can have to help EVERY kid your age get an education and a lifelong love of reading. And if you want to help, you can start talking to YOUR school right now about getting involved!

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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Helloooooo Singapore International School!

March 6, 2015 at 9:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today I had a fabulous day with the Grade 1 to 3 students of Singapore International School! They learned all about how rice came to China (the real version, the folktale version and MY version :)) and met my shy but very artistic, romantic and lucky Ram, and were such fun to work with! Many thanks to teacher Sharon Mullen and Kartine (head of English) (below left) and my old friend, librarian Fanny Kwok (below right with Sharon and me), for a fantastic day!

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A BIG day at Kowloon Junior School!

March 5, 2015 at 9:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Well that was a whopper of a day today at Kowloon Junior School! It was great to visit my old friends there again, and to see the impressive new school premises, with a big, beautiful library right at the heart of the school, just where a library should be! The Grade 3s had my How to Write a Riveting Story Workshop, I read my Tale of Rodney Ram to the Grade 1s, 2s, 4s and 5s, and then the Grade 6s had my Introduction to Poetry Workshop. It was fun, and the kids were fabulous! Here they are above, getting ready for one of my sessions with a big “AIYEEE-YA!” on the right, and above left are my two lovely hosts for the day, Katie Tucker (Drama Club and K2 Teacher) and Vanessa Sheppard (teacher librarian). I can’t wait to see all the kids’ entries in my Clever Competition! See the Clever Competition tab above for all the details!

AISHK loves SHEEP!

March 3, 2015 at 7:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It must be something to do with Australia’s historical connection to the sheep industry…but the Australian International School Hong Kong just LOVES sheep, and gave my shy sheep Rodney Ram a very enthusiastic welcome today! Here I am above left with lovely teacher librarian Megan O’Connor, with the Thinking Tree, and a very fat Aussie sheep, owned by Senior School librarian Mr Darryl Hopkins (above right) who tried to feed it to a Chinese dragon! The AISHK has SUCH great ideas in the library – like this wonderful Reading Tree (below left) and board games made by the kids about their favourite books (below right). No wonder all the kids at AISHK love reading books!

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