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What I’ve Learned from My Author Visits at Daycare Centres and Schools

As an author, visiting daycare centres and schools has been an enlightening journey, filled with unexpected lessons and gratifying moments. These visits have not only given me the opportunity to engage with my youngest readers but also provided me with invaluable insights into the world of early education and child development. Here are some of the key takeaways from my experiences.

A Glimpse into Young Minds

The Power of Storytelling
Children’s love for stories has been evident in every classroom I’ve visited. Storytelling is a way for kids to explore emotions, understand complex concepts, and connect with the world around them.

Questions That Spark Creativity
During Q&A sessions, the questions children ask are a testament to their boundless imagination. They often surprise me with their insightful questions. They view stories through a lens of pure curiosity. Their fresh perspectives on things have taught me to see the world through their eyes – a place where every little detail can spark wonder.

The Role of Books in Early Education

A Tool for Learning
Educators use books as versatile tools for teaching language, but also for topics like kindness and empathy. I’ve seen first-hand how a well-told story can make learning engaging and memorable.

Diversity and Representation Matter
When I read one of my books with a character from a diverse cultural background, I witness the excitement of children seeing themselves reflected in the pages. It’s a powerful reminder that representation in children’s literature is crucial for fostering a sense of inclusion and belonging, especially in Australia where different backgrounds shape our country.

The Ripple Effect of Author Visits

Igniting Imagination
One of the most rewarding aspects of my visits is watching young eyes light up with the realisation that they, too, could create their own stories. It’s a privilege to plant seeds of creativity that could one day grow into their own books. I’ve had several children approach me in excitement as they share their goal of publishing their very own book one day.

Bridging Gaps
Each visit reaffirms the importance of personal connection between authors and readers. In a digital age, the human element of a live reading or a face-to-face conversation is irreplaceable and can be the bridge that connects a child to the love of reading.

The Joy of Shared Reading
Group readings have shown me the collective joy that comes from experiencing a story together. This shared joy is a powerful tool in not only encouraging individual readers but in building a community of book lovers.

The Bigger Picture

Supporting Educators
Through conversations with teachers and staff, I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for the role authors can play in supporting educators. Whether it’s providing resources or crafting stories that align with curricular goals, there is much we can do to contribute.

The Lasting Impact
Perhaps the most profound lesson has been recognising the lasting impact these visits can have. Long after the day’s excitement fades, the stories and discussions often linger in children’s minds, shaping their perceptions and understanding of the world.

The Takeaway: A Shared Journey

Each visit to a daycare centre or school is a reminder that books are just the beginning of the story. The real magic happens in the interaction—between author and reader, story and listener, imagination and reality. As I continue this journey, I am grateful for the lessons learned and excited for the stories yet to be told, both by me and by the future authors sitting cross-legged before me, eyes wide with wonder.

If you’re an educator or teacher looking to spark a love of reading in your classroom, I invite you to reach out and book an author visit. Simply email and we’ll go from there! Let’s embark on this literary adventure together, fostering the next generation of readers and thinkers.


Q: How can I arrange a local author visit?

A: We provide free local author visits if your school or daycare centre is in Western Sydney (select suburbs). Please email for more information on available dates and requirements. We recommend booking at least 2 weeks in advance of your desired date.

Q: What are the benefits of hosting a local author visit?

A: Hosting a local author visit has several benefits. It provides an opportunity for the community to engage with a local literary figure, fostering a sense of connection and inspiration. Author visits can also promote a love for reading, especially among young readers.

Q:  Do you sell signed copies of your books during an author visit?

A: Yes, selling books during an author visit is a common practice and can be an excellent opportunity to promote reading. However, instead of selling copies on the day of the visit, we send out an order form in advance so parents can pre-order ahead of time. The purchased copies are then provided on the day of the visit.