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bright beads on the abacus
are slid home—
the changing pattern
of my daughter’s bookshelves
Planning the book launch for Waiting for the Night, I had fun thinking of activities related to the book that children might enjoy.
I’m putting some ideas here that teachers may like to use with their classes, after reading the book together.
Please click on the links below to open the PDF files.
- Make your own Flying Fox also need Flying fox template
- Waiting for the Night Findaword
- Make your Platypus Bookmark
- Bookmark template thanks to https://www.bakerross.co.uk/craft-ideas/kids/duck-bill-platypus-bookmark/
- WFTN Door Hanger
- Shadow Puppets
Hope you have lots of fun Waiting for the Night!
Waiting for the Night began as a 195 word student assignment in 2008 for Libby Hathorn’s class on children’s literature in the Master of Creative Writing course at the University of Sydney.
It was only when I was clearing out some old files two years ago that I found the draft and decided it was worth revising. I spent a little time re-writing before sending the manuscript around to publishers.
Interactive Press (IP) responded with a positive email in 2016. The search for a suitable illustrator began. Early in 2017, Anna Seed and I signed a publishing contract with IP, and Anna began creating her vibrant illustrations.
The text went through many further drafts, changes and revisions in consultation with IP editor and publisher Dr David Reiter and illustrator Anna Seed. The flying fox was particularly troublesome! And many rewrites ensued.
At last, in March 2018, ten years after the first version, here is the cover for the published book. I hope that you and your little people will enjoy Waiting for the Night.
and another birthday
before turning the fourth
corner of the year
these book-lined walls
all thought, every emotion
on my calendar I schedule
a day to run free
last day of term
locking the library door
I check myself out
for a long, long loan
(Tanka Splendor Winner 2006)