Just returned from Adelaide where I had a fabulous time at the United Way Read-Aloud at the Zoo Day 2018, and saw some beautiful giant pandas.
Despite the inclement weather, hundreds of families turned up to enjoy a free day at Adelaide Zoo, courtesy of United Way and their partners. I got the chance to ‘perform’ Pandamonia in a raucous shared reading, with many of the kids joining in with their own copy of the book – what an absolute thrill!
I also met one of Australia’s true literary icons, Mem Fox, who read her latest story, ‘I’m Australian Too’. As the author of so many much-loved children’s books, Mem is an inspiration to writers all over Australia, and indeed the world. It was just fantastic to meet such a passionate advocate of Read-aloud.
I must also mention the wonderful Tania Ingram, an Australian author from Adelaide, who shared her latest picture book, ‘Oma’s Buttons’. Tania is a very talented writer who has that amazing ability to write for a variety of age groups. Check out her website.
United Way are doing such good work in supporting the literacy needs of children. I cannot think of a more important cause than supporting reading and encouraging Read-aloud in our communities. If you’re interested in finding out more about the fantastic work they do, or to make a donation, go to the United Way website in your state.