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Author Shannon Horsfall visit

​Our Prep Transition program is becoming well-known for its free author event sessions, provided to pre-Preps in the local community. The program recently welcomed Queensland author and illustrator Shannon Horsfall to the school for two sessions of stories and drawing discovery. The Prep and pre-Prep students enjoyed Shannon's reading of her two books ‘Was Not Me!’ and ‘Nomax’, published by Harper Collins Australia.
Shannon’s background in graphic design and children’s fashion has added to her skills as illustrator in her books. She guided the children in a simple tutorial on how to draw both people and animals with various emotions. The children called out the emotions that they wanted to see drawn, such as happy, sad, grumpy, angry and tired. One young boy got a laugh when he requested “hybrid”!

Shannon shared her secret on how to become good writers and readers – the message was simple - read books EVERY DAY. Sunshine Beach SS is known for its high literacy levels and reading is encouraged consistently. The literacy program employs specialists for all levels who provide professional development to staff throughout the year, ensuring that the students develop their love of reading.

Shannon gifted the school’s library with two copies of her title 'Was Not Me!' and happily signed personal copies for the thrilled students.

Our Prep Transition program plans to run an author event each term and is currently booking in their next event for early October. If you are interested in coming to this free session please contact the school on 5474 6333 for further information. Prep Transition Officer Tara Bruin says that the enjoyment that parents, teachers and the children gain from these events makes the school committed to keep offering the sessions to the wider community. “If there is just one thing that we can do for our children in order to prepare them for formal schooling, it is to surround them with stories, reading and literature each and every day”, said Tara. “Reading with your child daily promotes a love of reading which leads to an easier transition into they themselves becoming readers and writers once at school. Visiting the Noosa Library service, attending local author events and having a daily reading ritual all assist parents in ‘raising a reader’.”