Elaine Forrestal

Some exciting new books

Avid readers for life

The Great Big Kids Read event at the State Library last weekend turned out to be a huge success.

Fremantle Press showcased some of their latest publications in the children’s book area by having the authors and illustrators read from their work. Or, in one case, having a child read to a full house in the Theatre at the Library. Selected images, and sometimes whole picture books, were displayed on the screen while the readings were going on. While reading from her new book, The Lighthouse, Cristy Burne involved the audience in providing sound effects to go with her fast paced adventure. Afterwards the authors and illustrators were available to sign copies of their books while the audience shared afternoon tea and lots of positive chat.

Will this be the new way forward for authors and illustrators in our mutually supportive relationship with the State Library? I hope so.