New Zealand author here at International’s Literacy Week
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.
Craig Smith (left), at the book signing for his books at International School Suva yesterday.