Posts by Corinne

Save the world, one reader at a time

With the state of politics in America and the world turning a scary extreme right it’s more important than ever to read, educate and open our children’s minds to the diversity of the world. Read them books, open libraries, let the words of the writers, philosophers, healers, mystics, poets and dreamers reach their ears. What can you do? 1. Support your local library. Take out books, enquire about children’s reading hours, support and raise funds when needed. 2. Give books as gifts.  To everyone – especially those that may not receive books easily.  Go to Book Dash or Shine Literacy or the Link Literacy projects and find out how
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Masterclass with Shane W. Evans

‘Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it,‘ said Bob Dylan.  Yet on some days inspiration suddenly flows, so rich and sweetly available you go down on your hands and knees in gratitude and then quickly get to your desk to try catch it in words and ideas. I recently had such a day attending an inspiring masterclass by American illustrator Shane W Evans at the Johannesburg Children’s Theatre.  The talk was organised in partnership with the Public Affairs section of the US Consul in Johannesburg and Play Africa, an NGO focused on pioneering public learning
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Holiday Project: Photo Albums

Children love reading about themselves.  They want to know all the cute things they said and did and what they liked eating, what games they liked playing and where they lived. They also love looking through photo albums at baby pictures, family holidays, school photo’s and more.  Taking time to put those memories together can be time consuming but also a labour of love.  I started out ambitiously with my first baby and she has a lovely baby album, my next baby girl got half an album and my poor son has a stack of photo’s in a flip file.
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A burst of colour

I’m thinking today about how the environment we surround ourselves in reflects our reality.  A beautiful painting, a fresh bunch of flowers, a bright splash of rug or pillow are like pops of colour that uplift our mood. Just like the books we read. Choose to read books that inspire you.  Surround yourself with beauty. Find stories that will uplift your children, teach them, and grow them.  This doesn’t mean they can’t read dark, sad stories or tales that make them think deeply about the world, just that you need to remember the pops of colour too.  The books that remind
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To find the time to write…

I’m writing this at month end.  Which is a mad time to try to find the time to write because bills are due, filing is all over the floor, staff must be paid, emails sent and replied to and children’s activities for the coming month planned and diarised. But I’m inspired so I keep writing and then I check twitter or Facebook or my SMS’s because I am also easily distracted.  As I said, its the end of the month. In the midst of one of my distractions I came across this blog post on the Scholastic site by MG
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Thato’s Birthday Surprise

Very proud of my first Book Dash book – Thato’s Birthday Surprise – now online here.  Illustrated by the super talented Brad Cuzen and designed by Jodi Houareau.  Book Dash was a whirlwind experience in Durban last year – a wonderful buzz of creative energy that filled the library at St Mary Kloof School. For those that don’t know about Book Dash – these books will be printed and distributed to schools in disadvantaged areas for free. Individuals or companies can fund this printing and donate books to schools of their choice. Book Dash is a wonderful initiative founded by
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The culture of trying everything once

I laughed so hard when I saw this on pinterest – because sometimes it’s ok just to say – that’s not for me.  And sometimes you don’t even have to try it to know.  I thought of how often I tell my kids to ‘just try it’ – very sound advice because who knows, they may just love it. But sometimes they are allowed to just say ‘no thanks mom.’   As for skydiving – well you never know – but bungi jumping? Not for me!   Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin
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