This program is aimed at providing opportunities for children and parents to meet and learn from author and illustrator, with the goal to motivate and inspire a love of reading.
On Jun 18 & 20, 2016, renowned Chinese authors and illustrators, Choi EE and Wang Zhi Min gave three large-scale talks for three of Bring Me a Book’s beneficiary schools. The talks were well received by over 600 children and parents: the majority of the children said that the program gave them a deeper understanding and appreciation of the stories and that they would read more books after the talks.
This in-school author program has brought many positive changes to the children and the schools. Prior to the event, the school librarians read the author’s books to the children at their library lessons and also stocked the author’s books in their libraries. It was clear that this helped motivate and inspire the children to read more and they were especially excited to be given the opportunity to meet the authors first-hand.
“Choi EE not only brought fun reading experiences to our students, but she also gave very practical tips on storytelling skills for our parents! Our students were very eager to borrow Mr. Wang’s books from our library after the event. Mr. Wang’s sharing has inspired our students’ creativity and widened their horizon. You can see from our students’ excited and smiling faces, they enjoyed the event very much.”
Ms Chung, Principal of Cumberland Presbyterian Church Yao Dao Primary School.
Due to the success of this program, Bring Me A Book Hong Kong plan to roll out a much larger scale “In-school Author” program for 30 beneficiary schools in 2017.