New Zealand au­thor here at In­ter­na­tional’s Lit­er­acy Week

Fiji Sun - - Nation - MERE SATAKALA Edited by Jonathan Bryce

New Zealand born chil­dren’s au­thor, Craig Smith is in the coun­try to cel­e­brate Lit­er­acy week. The award win­ning Kiwi writer, who was at the launch of In­ter­na­tional School Suva’s week -long event, was de­lighted to be in Fiji yes­ter­day.

“I want to help kids en­joy read­ing, I do a lot of fun in my books, there are silly jokes, and the kids seem to en­joy it,’ Mr Smith said. Most of his works pro­vide sev­eral mes­sages; one ex­am­ple is from his award win­ning book, ‘The Wonky Don­key’, talk­ing about be­ing dif­fer­ent. An­other ex­am­ple talks about com­mu­nity in his book ‘Will­bee the Bum­ble­bee.’ His book ‘Square Eyes’ is about not watch­ing too much tele­vi­sion and fo­cus­ing on chil­dren go­ing out­doors for ex­er­cise.

“I don’t think it’s a big prob­lem here in Fiji, but kids are spend­ing more time now in front of the TV,” he said. Mr Smith who has been writ­ing for 13 years has pub­lished six chil­dren’s books that have sold al­most one mil­lion copies world­wide. The for­mer mu­si­cian said his love for writ­ing just came nat­u­rally to him and that’s why he has mu­sic with his writ­ings as a fun way for chil­dren to learn. Mr Smith, who is in the coun­try with his fam­ily will also be trav­el­ling to Savusavu and is hop­ing to visit a lo­cal school there as well.

Photo: In­ter­na­tional School Suva

Craig Smith (left), at the book sign­ing for his books at In­ter­na­tional School Suva yes­ter­day.

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