Kids make a book

I have just had the honour of launching two books, both written and illustrated by Grade 3 & 4 kids at Casino Public School.

This was an exceptional experience, working with kids over three sessions to create a book, start to finish. The kids were endlessly enthusiastic, had incredible ideas, wrote and illustrated beautifully, and worked so well together.

Day One:
We sat in a circle, and kids pitched me their ideas. I recorded ideas on butcher’s paper. All ideas count in my workshops. At first it seemed there was no logic. But we found a thread, and started to work out our story, planning chapters, and breaking up into teams to write chapters. By the end of Day One, each team had a framework, and knew what their chapter was about. What blew me away was that the chapters were talking to each other, ironing out the kinks to make the stories flow.

Day Two:
We sat in our circle, and recapped each chapter synopsis. The kids then split into their chapters, and wrote hard for close to an hour.

Day Three:
Our aim was to complete a draft of each chapter, and one finished art work per chapter. Artist Dave Petzold showed the kids some great techniques. By the end of the hour, we’d achieved our goal! Now off to print.

Day Four:
The launch! Today, we launched the books to the whole school. Each student was given a copy of their book in colour. The library was given a copy of each.

Thank you Casino and Storyboard for this incredible opportunity! Thank you too to Shel Sweeney who was an amazing support to both me, and the children.
FOR MORE ABOUT STORYBOARD OR TO BOOK YOUR VISIT, GO TO STORYBOARD

Thank you Casino and Storyboard for this incredible opportunity! Thank you too to Shel Sweeney who was an amazing support to both me, and the children.
FOR MORE ABOUT STORYBOARD OR TO BOOK YOUR VISIT, GO TO STORYBOARD
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