“A dazzling array of costumes, and some well loved classics of children’s literature, festooned the amphitheatre steps, following a lively and joyful parade through the reading tunnel and past the reading pond,” said Director of the Bibliothèque Patrice Marchbank.
“Bibliothèque staff were delighted to be visited by some of their favourite book characters come to life. We spotted green sheep and Gruffalos, witches and wizards, and of course many mighty and courageous super heroes.”
Following the parade, Patrice read this year’s CBCA Book of the Year winner Jetty Jumping written by Andrea Rowe and illustrated by Hannah Sommerville.
“It is a quintessentially Australian summer tale that explores the themes of overcoming fears and finding the courage to take leaps into the unknown.”
The children were enthralled by Sommerville’s stunning images and Rowe’s elegant writing and even joined in with some gestures throughout the reading demonstrating beautifully the essence of this quote from author Mem Fox:
“The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading. It isn’t achieved by the book alone, nor the child alone, nor by the adult who is reading aloud—it’s the relationship winding between all three, bringing them together in easy harmony.”
Continuing our celebrations of the joy of books and reading, IGS students from Kindergarten to Year 6 will be participating in their own book character parade in Week 8 on Wednesday 7 September.