Give children the most precious gift of all – today and Wednesday only!

November 27, 2018 at 2:25 pm | Posted in children's literacy, Room to Read | Leave a comment
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How is all that Christmas shopping going? Have you finished your list for the kids? I’m quite sure they’re going to be spoiled rotten again! I HOPE you’re getting them lots of fabulous books this year, to keep them happy and entertained, and above all, to keep their brains in fantastic shape!

But what about the kids who aren’t as lucky as yours, who don’t have access to books and who can’t even read?

I just LOVE being a writer ambassador for my favourite charity, Room to Read, because it makes wonderful futures possible for children all over the world who might otherwise have a very bleak future indeed – and who almost certainly won’t be getting Christmas gifts this year.

So what can you give them? You will be so excited to find out here!

So today, if you can spare a moment, and a dollar or two, for the kiddies that won’t be waking up in your house this Christmas to bulging Christmas stockings, please give on the link above, and Room to Read’s partner Sensato, will TRIPLE your gift!

Happy Tuesday Giving Day!

Meeting the wonderful Jung Chang

November 10, 2017 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Being an Author, children's literacy, Literary Festivals, Room to Read | Leave a comment
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With Jung Chang 7 November 2017

On Wednesday I was lucky enough to meet the wonderful Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans and other extraordinary books about China, at the luncheon in her honour (and in honour of Erin Ganju of Room To Read) hosted jointly by the Hong Kong Literary Festival and Room to Read at the China Club in Hong Kong. Jung spoke with passion about her experiences as a child growing up in China, then later as a best-selling author in London, and the large crowd was simply mesmerised by her eloquence and dignity. And before Jung’s talk, Erin Ganju spoke of the essential work of Room to Read in developing countries in bringing literacy to literally millions of children, especially girls. Read more about their tireless work here. A big thank you to my friend Jennie Orchard of Room To Read for inviting me!

It’s World Literacy Day!!

September 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm | Posted in children's literacy, Room to Read | Leave a comment
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International-Literacy-Day-640x428Hooray for Room To Read on World Literacy Day 2017! I’m so honoured to be a Writer Ambassador for an organisation which has been responsible for giving millions of children (especially girls) the gift of literacy! Take a look here here to see just some of the extraordinary Room to Read projects currently underway around the world! And if you want to support their wonderful work, you can donate or sign up here. here!

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If your family loves books…here’s an event for your mums and dads on International Literacy Day!

August 25, 2016 at 10:32 am | Posted in Being an Author, Bookshop event, children's literacy, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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What a great way to celebrate reading books and to help kids in need in Asia and Africa to read too! I look forward to seeing you there!

Remember to register here: https://www.anpasia.com/public/event/RegistrationForm/45465E477946455D43

 

 

Imagine if your library looked like this…

May 3, 2016 at 2:59 pm | Posted in children's literacy | Leave a comment
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Just take a look at this photo! This is an actual photo of a REAL school library in a village in Nepal, taken by Geordie Torr, Editor of National Geographic Australia and New Zealand, just last week! Geordie has very kindly given me permission to re-post this photo from his fantastic travel blog.

Can you imagine how sad you would be if this was YOUR library? The books are old and scruffy, piled up in a higgledy heap, and most of them are random donations from passing travellers, so they’re of little interest to children. And there are hardly any books at all! How would you ever fall in love with reading books if this was your only access to them?

But thousands of kids your age have school libraries like this – or sometimes no library at all – in places like Nepal, and in many countries in Asia and Africa and the developing world. That’s why it’s so important for all of us, who were lucky enough to be born in rich countries, to support charities like Room To Read, which is having an amazing impact on schools just like this. Make sure you show Mum and Dad this page – your teachers too – and see what you can do to help these children.

Here’s a link to get you started: http://www.roomtoread.org.

And when you’ve done that, take a look at Geordie’s fabulous blog at http://natgeotraveller.com.au/blog!

Ming Kee Monkey launches in Hong Kong!

January 30, 2016 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Book launches, Bookshop event, Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac, Monkey story, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A big THANK YOU to Arti and Shonee Mirchandani and all the wonderful staff at Bookazine, Princes Building, for a fabulous launch today! Harry and I had a fabulous morning meeting our fans, with a story reading of The Tale of Ming Kee Monkey, a challenging quiz (where the kids did REALLY well) and a fun book-signing. And Jodi Mullen from Room to Read gave us much food for thought in her wonderful opening speech about my favourite charity, which gives such incredible support to literacy and girls’ education in Third World countries. Thanks to everyone who came for such a warm welcome for Ming Kee Monkey in Hong Kong!

For more photos and fun, follow the link here:

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Fabulous news from Room to Read!

November 20, 2015 at 9:17 am | Posted in Room to Read | Leave a comment
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Chapter-collage-2015-yellowYAY!! As a very proud Writer Ambassador, I’m excited to tell you that Room To Read has just reached – and forever changed the lives – of 10 million children throughout the world! Room to Read brings literacy, books and education to kids who would otherwise grow up into terrible poverty, unable to read or write or study and never able to find a good job. Click here to see some more terrific photos…and to find out about Room To Read’s exciting NEW goal! http://on.fb.me/1WYni9p

And the even more exciting news is that YOU can help them reach that goal by taking part in a funny, crazy challenge at school! Click here to watch a fun video about the fabulous World Change Challenge and make it part of your fund-raising efforts in 2016! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnehk7brz94

 

 

A Fabulous Week for Celebrating Heroes and Book Reading!

September 10, 2015 at 10:10 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week I had the great pleasure of returning to Discovery Bay International School as part of Grade 7s Unit of study about Heroes in My Eyes! This year, my hero just has to be John Wood, above, the man who famously left a high-powered, high paid job with Microsoft in 1999 to set up Room to Read, a brilliant charity devoted to bringing literacy and education to children around the world.

Do you know that since his very first trip to Nepal delivering books (on the back of a yak and five donkeys) to a small school high in the mountains back in 1998, he – through the charity he established – has managed to set up over 17,000 libraries, build almost 2,000 schools and help over 9.7 million children? Now that’s what I call a hero! And that’s also why I’m so proud to be a Room to Read Writer Ambassador! Read more about their fantastic work at http://www.roomtoread.org. And if you and your class want to get involved in your own fund-raising effort to help kids less lucky than you to learn to read, get involved in the Room to Read World Change Challenge, which you can find here: http://www.tristanbancks.com/2015/05/room-to-read-world-change-challenge-2015_28.html.

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!

A very proud moment with Room to Read!

March 7, 2015 at 12:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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On Wednesday I attended a fantastic evening with Room To Read, where I heard the moving story of a wonderful young woman called Tay Thi Nguyen, who is the star graduate of Room to Read Vietnam’s Girls’ Education Program. Can you believe that when Tay Thi was a young girl, her mum actually burned her school books to stop her from getting an education? It was because the family was so poor, her mum wanted Tay Thi to go out and work to earn money. Luckily Room To Read found out about her, and was able to help her to get a scholarship to fund all her studies, until she graduated at university as a teacher! Now her mum is very happy, because not only can Tay Thi earn a great living, but she has also encouraged both her brothers to go on to further studies, so the family will no longer be poor! Tay Thi has now gone back to her village to teach other children to read – isn’t she an inspiration?

Here she is above on the left, holding a copy of my Tale of Rodney Ram with Dan Doan, Senior Program Manager, Room to Read Vietnam’s Girls’ Education Program, at Room to Read’s Gala Event on Friday night. I’m so proud to see two such kind and wonderful people holding my books!

Remember if you want to help girls like Tay Thi achieve their dream to read, and to study, you can ask Mum and Dad to visit http://www.roomtoread.org right away with you, to find out more!

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