Children’s Book Week 2012

Children’s Book Week has become Children’s Book Term for me this year.

Thank you Mt Hawthorn Primary, Rockingham Library, Tranby College, Melville Libraries, Clarkson Library, Kwinana Library, South Perth Library, Manning Library and Subiaco Library for inviting me.

workshopping under Shaun Tan's mural at Subiaco Library
workshopping under Shaun Tan’s mural at Subiaco Library

Some feedback from the sessions so far:

“James’ wonderful storytelling captured everyone’s attention, great research and great activities.”
“Best Book Week session I have ever attended… Subiaco Primary School”
“The combination of drawing, history facts about Vikings and storytelling was fantastic and really captured the children’s attention and engaged them.”

Here’s some pieces of work that students gave me after the sessions. In one activity, I ask students to design their own viking god or goddess.

Here we have the God of the Wind, by Tom… god-of-wind
Isabella the Goddess of Patterns, by Maddy… goddess_of_patterns
and the familiar looking “God of Literature (books)”, by Catherine. Aw shucks 🙂


In another activity I ask students to show me what crazy things the lion has eaten. (You can download the blackline master on the In The Lion page). Here’s one example, from Ivan: lion-1

And I think this is my favourite letter ever:


Author: James Foley

James makes books for courageous kids. He’s the author/illustrator of the S.Tinker Inc graphic novel series for middle primary: Brobot (2016), Dungzilla (2017) and Gastronauts (2018) star Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, and Joe Tinker, her stinky baby brother. The fourth in the series, Chickensaurus, is out in late 2020. He is also the illustrator of the Toffle Towers series written by Tim Harris. James’ earlier books My Dead Bunny (2015), In The Lion (2012), The Last Viking (2011) and The Last Viking Returns (2014) have all scored several honours, including children’s choice awards, shortlistings in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards, and selection to the International Youth Library’s White Raven list. The sequel to My dead Bunny - There's Something Weird About Lena - is out in late 2020. James comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts. Follow him on FB/twitter/insta/youtube @jamesfoleybooks, or at .

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