Kaitaia teen chat roo

Sometimes I show pictures of my travels or home life.

I link this to having a dream and if you’re hard working and determined enough – you can make it happen.

Since observing some of New Zealand’s best presenters I realised you had to take it a step further.

You need to engage your audience by making them laugh, showing them something they haven’t seen before, letting them get to know you more, getting the kids up and being part of the performance and wowing them with some props/visuals.

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After giving hundreds of talks I now look forward to them.

Ka kite ano Maria Gill children’s authors and illustrators came together at a hui in 1993 at Joy Cowley’s seaside home in the Marlborough Sounds and said, ‘Why don’t we have a festival celebrating New Zealand children’s books’.

This year they are celebrating with SIX Storyline Family Festival Days at the following centres: Saturday 10th August from 11-4pm at the Dunedin Central Library with: Children’s authors’ Kyle Mewburn, Adele Broadbent, Mandy Hager, Rachel Stedman, Simon Pollard, and illustrator Robyn Belton, and storyteller Tanya Batt along with International guests: Isobelle Carmody and Rachel Spratt.

Ideas such as have a mini bike-a-thon, talk about favourite colours, and find Maori words for other vehicles.

A must-have resource for the Junior classroom or kindy.

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