Fitzroy Children’s Literature Festival

Fitzroy Children’s Literature Festival
(Student guest post)

On Saturday, April 24th, I went to a Book Festival at the Fitzroy Town Hall. Peter Helliar was there (the main reason why I went). He read a book he wrote when he was little. It was two pages stapled together and called ‘Buried Alive’. So funny!  When Peter signed my book he spelt my name wrong! Oh No! He fixed it and wrote me a little note and we took a selfie.

We did lots of other things like meeting the author Asphyxia who is deaf. She writes the Grimstones series and makes her own puppets. Asphyxia built her own house when she was 21!

It was SO FUN.

Kids’ Big Book Spectacular @ the SLV

Kids’ Big Book Spectacular

WHEN: Saturday, February 13th from 11.00 am – 3.00 pm

WHERE: State Library of Victoria (and other venues)

This is a FREE fun family day to celebrate the wonderful world of children’s literature and illustration. Click HERE to find out all you need to know about this fabulous day. 

Have fun at the Creative Workshops, Pop-Up Illustration Station, Creature Retreat, Storytellers Picnic, Gallery for a Day, Giant Outdoor Mural and the Pop-Up Exhibition…
(Note that you will need to book online for workshops with Leigh Hobbs, Ann James and Kylie Dunstan.)

A fun day at the Children’s Book Festival 2015

Melbourne turned on a magnificent sunny day for this year’s Children’s Book Festival

It was wonderful seeing so many families on the lawns of the State Library basking in the sunshine enjoying live entertainment or reading books that were provided.  Inside the library it was buzzing with children wearing monster horns dragging their mums and dads to activities (past students trying hard to study!). There were book signings with lines of eager readers; Meet the Author and Illustrator sessions; drawing and writing workshops with the experts; a chance to make and publish your own book; time to chill in red comfy bean bags and listen to stories or you could get creative making your own “Oddity” for a collaborative giant book.

One of my favourite parts of the day was walking into the beautiful domed La Trobe Reading Room where the Jazz band was playing and lots of children were having fun participating in the creative activities set up for them. This space is usually SILENT but today music and the sound of children laughing were bouncing off the walls and it was magical!

If you click HERE and scroll through the photos from the Wheeler Centre you will see two lucky people from our school who met Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton!

I was surprised when I came across author Tristan Bancks sitting on a bench in front of the library! We had a great chat about books and writing and Tristan kindly signed three books I had hoped to get signed for our library. The Year Fours love his hilarious story “My Nan’s Tougher”.  I really enjoyed his Meet the Author session and the audience laughed a lot. Tristan is a great storyteller and I discovered that he sometimes likes to do his writing when walking along the beach…can you work out how?

A big thank you to the Wheeler Centre and the State Library of Victoria for a fabulous day of celebrating books and reading! 

What did you enjoy at the Children’s Book Festival?

Children’s Book Festival 2015

The Children’s Book Festival is on Sunday, March 22nd at the State Library and the Wheeler Centre…

The Children’s Book Festival is a fabulous and fun day of celebrating books and reading with your family! Click HERE to find out more and to download the program.

You can meet your favourite authors and illustrators − including Shaun Tan, Gabrielle Wang, Andrew Joyner, Ursula Dubosarsky, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton and even more authors and illustrators. There are storytellers, musical acts and performers of all sorts to discover. Grab a book from the picnic library and sink into a beanbag. Help create a giant book that will become a memento of the day and drop by the Children’s Book Festival Monster Marquee, where you can make your own horns to wear all day long.

Warning – bookings required!

All events are free but bookings are required for Meet the Author and Illustrator sessions with Tristan Bancks, Hazel Edwards, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, Oliver Phommavanh, Shaun Tan and Gabrielle Wang. Tickets will be available from Wednesday, March 11th at the Wheeler Centre