An ongoing project to involve children in creative writing and self-publication now has a place for others to share and read these ‘stories in the impressive Kids’ Own Cubby at the Hobart Library. Find out more about Victoria Ryle’s work with children and how this is informing a doctoral study.
|Kids' Own Cubby - with books to read!|
“That was fun!” “That was better than I thought it would be!” Overheard reactions as the class of 4/5s filed out of the children’s area of Hobart library recently. They had just deposited their ‘published books’ in the Library’s newly acquired Kids’ Own Book Cubby (Built by the Clarence Plains Men’s Shed).
|Creations from the Hobart Hotdogs|
First, these bright and sparky 10 year-olds and their teacher have to overcome a common misconception that the publishing process centres on a writing task. This particular experience of publishing is about creating a book on 8 pages that fit on a single side of a piece of A3 paper – so little room for stories in chapters or other extended narratives! Rather it is a multimodal and artifactual task (Pahl & Rowsell, 2012), that demands a multi-layered weaving together of visual and written ideas and materials that typically do not include graphite pencils, erasers or colouring pencils.
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