It would be fair to say that I am just a little bit excited about this new book. ‘Lucy’s Book’ is a book for anyone who has ever loved a book with all their heart. Author Natalie Jane Prior says;
‘Lucy’s Book’ is my love song to libraries and the printed word; a lifelong obsession that you can read more about in this blog post. It’s about the special relationship between a little girl, her friends, and her very favourite library book, the one she borrows over and over again. (http://nataliejaneprior.com/lucys-book.html)
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‘Lucy’s Book’ is my new favourite picture book and also my new favourite teaching tool for Kindy – Year Four/Five students, for when I am talking about what a library is, why they are important and how they work. This week alone I’ve read ‘Lucy’s Book’ to every.single.class who has walked through the door, and we’ve made themed bookmarks, kaleidoscopes and ‘charts’ about areas of the library using images from ‘Lucy’s book’ (click on hyperlinks to download all activities). In the makerspace area of her website,, Natalie Jane Prior has a plethora of excellent downloadable activities which her and illustrator Cheryl Orsini have put together for each of their books, including the gorgeous ‘Mrs Mancini’ and ‘The Fairy Dancers’ I use their printables all the time for displays, lunchtime activities, home play and library lessons. They also have a Spoonflower shop where you can order fabric, wallpaper and wrapping paper based on their books.
‘Lucy’s Book’ is a book for anyone who adores books, wonders about the journey a book takes in its lifetime and has a fondness for libraries and librarians. Want to know why else I love this book? I AM IN THE BOOK – well my image is. LIFE GOAL ACHIEVED.
Natalie Jane Prior has named her librarian character Mrs Bruce, after her friend who is an academic in information literacy, and she suggested to illustrator Cheryl Orsini that I be the IMAGE OF THE LIBRARIAN AND I AM SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS I COULD SCREAM (which online is CAPITAL LETTERS <insert me screaming>). Cheryl has illustrated me in some of my favourite dresses and with my pink stripe (which is sometimes blue or turquoise) in my hair.
If you are Brisbane based, it would be absolutely wonderful to have you at the launch of ‘Lucy’s Book’ which is being held at the St Aidan’s Junior School Library on Friday 24th February @ 4pm. This is a free event but bookings are essential and can be made here.
Natalie Jane Prior and Cheryl Orsini will both be in attendance (Cheryl is coming from Sydney especially) and they will take us through the process of creating the book and be on hand to sign copies of the book and help with lots of fun activities and book readings.
Avid Reader Bookshop will be selling ‘Lucy’s Book’ and others by this talented duo at the launch, and Cheryl and Natalie will have some of their creations for sale on the day; peg dolls of Lucy and ‘reading’ t-shirts. There will be refreshments provided and it’s going to be a wonderful celebration of books. Children and adult lovers of books are all very welcome – book here!
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