THE Hume family of Leongatha called in a family favour on Friday morning, asking Children’s Laureate, award winning author and cousin to attend a school assembly. Alison Lester has a long connection with Leongatha Primary School. Her father attended the school, riding his pony from Mardan; she helped make the mural at the old primary school assembly area; and teacher Mrs Jackson is a distant cousin. Students at Leongatha Primary School were entranced by Alison’s presentation of her trip to Antarctica where she was inspired to write ‘Sophie Scott Goes South’.
The book has now been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia. She also wrote ‘One Small Island’ with Coral Tulloch about Maquarie Island, which she also visited. Along with some funny anecdotes, her presentation had an educational message encompassing geography, maths, astronomy, biography, environmentalism, art and writing skills. She encouraged the children to try writing their own books and to persevere. As Australia’s first Children’s Laureate, along with Boori Monty Pyror, Alison is a staunch advocate of reading and actively promotes the value and importance of books. Alison also discussed her latest book ‘Kissed by the Moon’, which will be officially launched at Megabites Café in Wonthaggi on Sunday, November 3.