This last week has been the start of another round of the fabulous Duffy Books In Homes assemblies. I am so blessed to be a role model for this great organisation, and Les is jolly lucky as I let him come with me :) I don't think he'd stay home even if I told him he had to haha. I met this gorgeous young girl at the awesome James Street School in Whakatane. She had a question to ask me - "Judi, how did you get to be so funny?" Haha I told her I was born mad!
It's been a brilliant week, with visits to eight schools, from just over twenty students to several hundred. Each one is a different experience and you can read about them right here and photos are on the photos page........ I know amazing isnt it.
I've not had much time for any writing, but have finished a couple of poems, like the one about the little brother who always has his finger up his nose. Disgusting isn't it. Fingers up noses that is, not me writing! I've tested the new poem at a few schools, and the kids have laughed and gone ewwww all at the same time. Perfect result I'd say.
Speech season is still in swing, and I get to see children all over the country getting nervous. I've put together a PDF for teachers to help them get the best out of their students. Here are a few things to help you:
An audience grabbing introduction is needed.
Choose your important words.
The cover of the new book, 'Granny Does Karate,' is coming. It's looking great. It's been done by the fabulous illustrator Deb Hinde, check Deb's work out at www.deborahhinde.com
It must be time for a joke.
Howard I know!
SHABOOM SHABOOM. Did that make you...... :)
WORD OF THE MOMENT
juggernaut - I'd like to be one of those in the world of poetry!
Don't forget to send me writing if you have some you're proud of. Also read what others write. We all have different styles and that's okay. I love hearing from you, and every week I get emails from kids all around the country.
If you'd like me to visit your school then talk to your teacher and see if we can organise a visit. That'd be great. You can always make a comment just click on comments at the bottom of this post.
Keep on writing and keep smiling.