Compulsive writer to share stories with children
Children’s author Johanna Knox will be spinning tales to Porirua school kids this month.
Knox is among 20 New Zealand New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards finalist writers and illustrators touring the country, celebrating homegrown books together with the kids who read them.
Knox wrote compulsively at school, often staying awake until all hours working on stories that ended up being 20 pages long when the teacher had only asked for one.
Her long love affair with carnivorous plants of all kinds led her to writing The Flytrap Snaps, a fast-paced mystery-adventure story. It is the first in a planned series of eight books.
Next Tuesday she will be visiting Adventure, Windley and Titahi Bay schools.
Meanwhile, a programme of awards-related festival events will be held. These include After School Fun at Porirua Library on Thursday, May 10. There will be readings from selected finalist picture books, songs, and a collage bookmark craft to remind kids to keep on reading New Zealand-made. It runs from 4pm to 5pm.