It’s all about reading

My favourite part of any school visit is talking about books – not just the one’s I’ve written, but the many, many books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading.

This photo was taken at Mossfiel Primary school which I visited last month as an Ambassador for the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The kids and I were walking across the schoolyard for a photo shoot in the gym but several of the students simply couldn’t stop reading so the photographer decided to take advantage of the moment.

Today, when I was working with young writers at the Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre, a student asked me to sign her copy of ‘The Secret Life of Maeve Lee Kwong’. She said she loved to read and re-read it even though it always made her cry. I was so touched and very honoured.

I remember when I was a kid looking up from the pages of a novel and thinking that there would be nothing more wonderful than to give someone the pleasure, the depth of feeling, the emotional buzz, that I found in the pages of a good book. It was those moments of connection that made me want to write. There’s nothing more affirming than to know that you’ve managed to pass on your heartfelt love of words and stories from one generation to the next.

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

“Every adult was once a child and the child inside them never completely disappears.”

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