During the week I've been getting to know the local libraries. These buildings are a source of wonder and delight, and are repositories of a billion dreams and ideas. Libraries lead you into a different world.
Yet just as our world is full of wonder, it can be dark and scary place too. That's one of the reason I took Mr Dickens along with me! He's the perfect companion for children in grades 5 to 8 who want some mystery, some fun and some adventure in their lives - without even leaving home!
Robyn Valli, librarian at the Catholic Education Library of WA - has been incredibly helpful in suggesting various options open to we authors, and that's why Mr Dickens is now winging his way to the National Library of Australia as well as the State Library of Western Australia.
Robyn has also been the motivator for me to develop teaching notes for School Literacy Curricula which allows school children around the country to have access to Mr Dickens. (It's also the reason for the footer below - Creative Commons allows schools to use the book for non commercial purposes.)
And then there's the Readers Theatre Script idea which I'll tell you about later.....
I hope you'll be as excited as I am. Reading is about sharing stories, and sharing a bit of ourselves too.
Inside all of us there is light and shadow, happiness and hurt, doubt and certainty. As someone said way back in the mists of time, "Life wasn't meant to be easy," - but heck, that doesn't stop life being beautiful too!
Mr Dickens by Duncan Jefferson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.