Do you love to read? Love encouraging your kids to read? 2012 will be full of exciting literary events because it is the National Year of Reading!
Today the Moreton Bay Regional Libraries launched the Read Up program for under 8s. To encourage kids to visit their local library and borrow on their own card, the Read Up program rewards children with special certificates designed by some of Queensland’s best illustrators.
I have reviewed several of Pete’s books before, and always rate them highly. Peter spent time with the kids at the launch today teaching them how to draw an illustration. He explained that if you can draw a circle, a line and a dot – you can draw anything! It was wonderful to watch a bunch of kids drawing comical sharks together. Even my 3yr old had a go! Peter also talked with the kids about how an illustration has to involve more than simply a character. An illustration must tell the story. Check out the “story” below…
It was such a delight to also meet award winning illustrator Narelle Oliver. I have long been a fan of Narelle’s work as it often focuses on Australian animals in their natural habitats. Her linocut prints are a distinctive trademark, and provide a wonderful opportunity to talk with kids about different ways artists create their illustrations.
Miss 5 was so excited when Narelle pulled a stowaway Thingamajig out of her bag, as this creature currently features all over her classroom wall at school! The Very Blue Thingamajig was relieved to find that yes, he IS on one of the Read Up certificates. The five Read Up certificates are beautifully designed artworks in their own right, and definitely worth collecting. In addition to Narelle and Peter, the other contributing artists are Kerry Argent, Gregory Rogers, and Clare McFadden.
Your local library really is a treasure trove of top quality Australian picture books. These amazing certificates might be just the inspiration
you your children need to head to the library this week. Happy reading!
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