Happy B’day Andy!

September 8, 2010
Andy Griffiths at NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre last Friday, celebrating his birthday on The Very Bad Book Tour.

It was Andy Griffiths’ birthday last Friday and he was lucky enough to spend it with the rambunctious students of Engadine High, Gymea Bay Public School, Helensburgh Public School, Engadine Public School, Marton Public School, St Mary’s Cathedral College, St Andrews College, St Luke’s Grammar School, Wollondilly Anglican College, Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School, Blaxcell Street Public School, Blessed Sacrament School and Cabramatta West Public School.

Here is some wonderful feedback from Janice Chilcott, the lovely Teacher Librarian at St Eugene College in Burpengary, whose students saw him on Monday at the Jindalee session:

The kids loved it and at times I had tears running down my cheeks from laughing. The best thing was that of the 31 kids 19 were boys and mostly our staunch non-reader boys who claim to “hate reading”. Coming home on the bus all was pretty quiet as most of the kids were reading either the Andy Griffith’s books they had just bought or ones they brought from home. Books were being passed around for others to read. Considering I had never told them to bring books or read and would probably prefer they didn’t because it can cause motion sickness, I had a chuckle to see them all so seriously reading. And that’s exactly the impact an author’s talk, especially an author who hooks into kids so well as Andy creates. Hopefully, this very positive spin-off will continue and set them on the road to loving books and reading. It warmed my heart to see them all reading so beautifully all the way home.

Andy kicked off The Very Bad Book Tour last week in Sydney before trekking up to Brisbane and the Gold Coast on Monday. He lands in Melbourne this Friday and then heads west to Perth and Adelaide before wrapping up in Canberra.

We’ve still got space in some of the sessions so if you’d like to book your students/children/self in, click here to register.


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