Monday, 6 October 2014
It's always a pleasure to visit schools and talk to kids about my books. Recently, I visited Holy Trinity Primary School here in Canberra, and had the most amazing time. I did a presentation on Australian Story, but the wonderful librarian, Kate, had also shared my other books with the kids.
The children (in years 3 and 4) sent me a whole pile of letters after my visit. They were so utterly charming and touching--it was very emotional reading them all.
Below are just a handful of the comments made by the kids.
THIS is why I write books. Truly.
My favourite part of your presentation is when you put the Julia Gillard wig on Cody and when you put the handcuffs on Daniel.
I find most of your books really interesting. Also, I really like your Australian Story and Tottie and Dot is really funny.
I was the boy wearing the Julia Gillard wig. Loved the work we did with your book Australian Story. I learnt a lot about history ... how much fun!
I just want to thank you for writing those books.
I loved the work we did with your book Australian Story. I learnt a lot about history, no - it is so much fun. I love your work.
I was not there but I hear your presentation was awesome and you are awesome.
I learnt a lot about history - how much fun. My favourite book was Tottie and Dot.
How you make history fun!! You spoke so clearly!
I really liked when you said in the book about the Gold Rush and how you really explained how we got here in the first place.
Because of your story, I know more about Australia--more than I usually know, and I liked when you said 'once there was nothing and then there was something'.
I was really interested in how the process of writing a book is. Your Power Point was fantastic. The way we got to hold things was fun.
You have given inspiration to write a book. I've been asking our librarian so much to borrow your books. Love your books.
I really enjoyed learning about Australian history.
I like how we dressed up and I really enjoyed your [Tottie and Dot] book tour!!!!!!
I loved the way you set out Australian Story and did all the swirly curly writing. My favourite book was Riley and the Curious Koala.
My favourite book you made was Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo.
I think your books are amazing.
I like the way you taught us how to write a book. I like the work we did with your book, it was amazing. I now want to buy it.
I liked the fun way it taught us history. History is a bit more amazing.
I loved the work we did with Australian Story--how you taught us about history and how much fun it can be. You did everything in a fun way.
I liked the way we got dressed up to represent the different times and what was happening. I really enjoyed it.
I thought history was boring but it's not.
The story was really interesting and history is not boring!
You taught me that Gondwanaland was once Australia. I loved learning about history.
I was the one who got to put the Captain Cook wig on. I really loved it.
THANK YOU, oh and thank you for visiting our school. It taught me history and how much fun it can be ... with you.
I love your books about Riley and your Power Point was great and you spoke clearly.
I feel sorry for you only getting $1 per book. You should earn more money, like $246 because your books are great.
By the way, make a big world book including Germany and Australia.
I love your work and I see how much you love your son. I loved the work that you put into the Australian Story. Peace out!
You taught me that history is not boring. You can make history fun.
I enjoyed your presentation, especially how you changed my look on history. It's not just discovering land--it's me brushing my teeth or 11 minutes ago.
I LOVED how you made it fun and interesting in the Power Point.
I loved the way you included us and made us dress up.
The book Australian Story sounded amazing and I can't wait to buy it.
Your Power Point blew my mind.
I really liked that you made little jokes on your Power Point on how history is boring!
All thanks to you, I have a completely new excitement for history.
When you got us to dress up and then show the timeline, it made me feel that history could be writing this letter to you--and brushing my teeth!
I loved the series of Riley. I liked the sounds you used when you were talking.
I thought your Power Point and speech was fantastic.
I thought your speech was brilliant. I loved how the Power Point was funny when it started disagreeing with you.
I liked you when you're funny--when the [Powerpoint Presentation] said 'okay sorry'.
Before I hated history but you have changed my mind and now I can say to people history is not boring.
It is actually really fun. It was great to see lots of people holding the money, flags, bridges and lots of other really cool, awesome stuff.
It must be fun being an author and writing books. You spoke really clearly and you were really funny.
I loved how you explained your Australian book. It was great to see a book that was not too old and not too young!
I loved how you spoke clearly, dressed up people, your [Tottie and Dot] book tour, and your lovely Power Point.
I learnt a lot about history. How wonderful.
You really entertained me. I didn't know history could be so entertaining.
I really liked your book Tottie and Dot.
My favourite book was the Australian Story.
May favourite book of yours is Tottie and Dot.
My favourite thing I learnt was about how Cathy Freeman was the first Aboriginal to have her face on a postage stamp. I got dressed up as Usain Bolt. I brang in his biography. It talks about how he became good at running and what he did as a kid. Usain Bolt. Faster than lightning.
I think your books are amazing! Especially Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo.
I think that you are an inspirational person. Like Albert Namatjira. Your Power Point was awesome. I learnt a lot about history.
Thank you for visiting our lovely school. I hope you had a great time!!! Thank you very much for teaching me about history. It was much more interesting than other history.
I really like the book that you wrote Australian Story! It was great to see all the students dressed up. They looked amazing and some were hilarious! I also love your books about Riley's adventures.
You inspired me to write books when I am older.
My fave book was Tottie and Dot and An Aussie Year.
I loved the work you did with your book Australian Story. The best thing I learned was that Samantha Harris was the first [Aboriginal] model on Vogue magazine front cover.
Your Power Point was thenomenal and unreal. My favourite book is Tottie and Dot.
I loved history--how I learnt a lot about it and it can be fun.
Can you put me in one of your books? Pleassssse!
Thank you for making history fun!
I especially liked how you made boring old history fun and enjoyable. Yay! I also enjoyed how you interacted with everyone!
It was great how you made me think history was fun. After school, I went running to mum and dad to tell them what I learnt. My favourite book was Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo. I had great fun. Love, your great friend.
You're cool. Old [ie: the author!] is good.
My favourite book you have written is Tottie and Dot and you have taught me that history is fun.
I like your books and how you put Riley in your books.
I admire you very much and it's so amazing how you turn BORING info into fabulous kids books. You also seem like a very nice lady.
It was so much fun!!!! Now I love history.
I love the work we did with Riley and the Sleeping Dragon.
I am borrowing your book Australian Story.
Thanks for making history awesome!
I have learned a lot about history like Gillard was the first woman prime minister of Australia--girl power!
It was so much fun.
My favourite book was Tottie and Dot. I love your books.
You are a great inspiration to us all and we had so much fun.
I loved Australian Story with all the different bands of colours and images. It taught me what happened on the timeline in history.
I really loved your books of Riley.
Your Power Point was engaging. I loved it.
I like your book Tottie and Dot.
Your books are amazing.
You made history fun and exciting. The props you used were awesome!
Australian Story fascinated me a lot. It taught me that history is then ... and then ... and then ... ['then' something else happened, then something else happened ...].
It was great to see everyone getting into the true Aussie spirit.
I was the girl who held up the gold.
I really enjoyed learning about history and how much fun and interesting it is!
Your Power Point was fantastic and funny!
What I learnt was, that actually a long time ago, Australia was part of Antarctica!
I learnt that with some images in books, you have to get permission!
I really like your books, and so do all the children at Holy Trinity.
I learnt a lot about history and how much fun it can be!
I loved your [Tottie and Dot] book tour.
You have inspired me to be an author when I grow up.
I think the idea of your Riley books are cool.
I loved the way you set out the timeline in Australian Story.
Please come back!!!