Primary Book Chat with Zana Fraillon & Phil Lesnie

The Little Bookroom

Event Date: 
2 November 2021
Author / Presenters: 
Zana Fraillon & Phil Lesnie in conversation with Michael Earp

Teachers and Librarians are invited to hear from Zana Fraillon and Phil Lesnie on their new picture book's fascinating take on diversity.

Our Book Chat for Primary School Teachers and Librarians are very popular: packed with bookish goodness for time poor people. We've had such a strong response and they've grown wonderfully over the last three years!

We're very excited that for Term 4's session we we'll host a local star of middle grade, the award winning Zana Fraillon and enormously talented illustrator Phil Lesnie where they will talk to us about their new picture book, The Curiosities.

Having captured readers hearts (kids and teachers alike) with her fiction, The Bone Sparrow, The Ones that Disappeared, No Stars To Wish On, and most recently, The Lost Soul Atlas, Zana once again turns her hand to picture books (previously publishing Wisp) and what a gem it is!

It really is brought to life by Phil's gorgeous illustrations! His previous work, Once A Shepherd, A Boy and a Ball, A Soldier A Dog and a Boy, and Miss Franklin are all wonderful in the way they capture each story. Many of these great historical slices of Australia. But the conversation between text and illustration in The Curiosities investigates diversity (specifically neurodiversity) in a similar way that John Marsden and Shaun Tan's The Rabbits looked at colonisation. It is a must for every library, across Prep to year 12.

Following the discussion, Michael will bring us up to speed on key new releases, point out upcoming titles to keep on your radar and generally share recommendations over great Lit-Circle reads. This has proven to be a valuable segment to those trying to keep their avid reading students up to date, or engage their less enthusiastic readers.

LIVE STREAM the event! Appropriate links will be emailed to ticket holders.

A certificate of attendance can be provided for professional development purposes if required.