Happy International Children's Book Day
My mother grew up in a time when reading wasn’t encouraged, so she ensured that her own children had a childhood immersed in books and this is something I am thankful for. I spent many days being lost in magical forests, looking in depth at picture books, and as a teenager reading late into the night when I was meant to be sleeping. I may have lost count of how many books I have read, but they have inspired my love of reading and being able to share books with others, especially children’s books.
Today we celebrate International Children’s Book Day, a celebration to inspire a love of reading for children and bring attention to children’s books. An author from the hosting country, this year it’s Lithuania, writes a letter with a message to children of the world. This year’s letter talks about how books have the wonderful quality to help us slow down and allows imagination to fuse into reality.
To celebrate this day that reminds us to delve into the magic of stories, I want to share with you some talented Australian children’s authors and their books that might inspire you to read or share with others.
Heidi has three books and is a picture book Author/Illustrator of notable talent, she was recently nominated for the Long List for CBCA. Her books are quirky and fun, and have beautiful messages for children.
You can tell through his writing that Adrian Beck is passionate about children’s literacy, and I particularly enjoy reading his Champion Charlies series about Soccer. With Beck’s books you are guaranteed to laugh and be taken on adventures that sometimes go disastrously wrong.
Penny is a local author who is not only providing great picture books for children but is encouraging them to get out into the garden with her outdoor themed books.
I best describe George as quirky, and someone that sometimes has blue hair. His books are a lot of fun and are usually Sci-fi with a side of fantasy. He is also author of the very popular You Choose series.
Kirsty Murray has written such a variety of books that there really is something for each of the children in the family to read. Kirsty's recent picture book Puddle Hunters captures the delight of jumping in water, and her new book Kids Who Did celebrates children who have made a difference in the world.
However you choose to celebrate International Children’s Book Day I hope you take the time to visit your local library, be immersed in books, slow down and let your imagination go to wonderfully magical places.