Yesterday I visited Blockhouse Bay Primary School (thanks to the NZ Book Council) as they are having their Book Week and it was such a fabulous visit I want to share it with you.
We started off with a newish initiative called Books n Brekkie. By the time I arrived the room was packed with parents, children and teachers eating toast and drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows.
I stood on a chair in the middle of it all and talked about some of my favourite new NZ children’s books, gave a quick behind-the-scenes tour of my books and then read some of my poems, old and new.
It felt very buzzy, very warm, and the room filled with good feelings about books. Bravo!!
After that it was a full school assembly where three librarians interviewed me on stage (and did a great performance of my poem ‘Where The Mild Things Are’). The librarians (Rhea, Celesti and Nethra) asked really thoughtful questions. I read some poems and a group acted out a story. Very entertaining!
For the rest of the day I did interactive sessions with syndicates and finished up with a workshop with the writing group.
Mandy Barrett must be a School Librarian extraordinaire as she worked hard to make this an exciting and innovative week. So huge congratulations Mandy and a big hug from me. I walked out of the school aglow with poetry.
Here are two poems we made up in the Year 3 and 4 sessions (several hundred students I think):
stomps like an enormous beast
like an old grandpa
like a big slow slug
massive, majestic, mammal
The Golden Lion Tamarin
The golden lion tamarin is
a shiny golden ticket
a bunch of passionfruit
hard delicious carrots
beams like the sun
a squished orange
priceless as a golden cup