Author Illustrator Talks

Author Simone Kain with Timboon P-12 children during an Author Skype session

Are you looking to inspire a love or reading, writing or illustration in your students? Why not consider booking a Skype author or illustrator session with George the Farmer creators, Simone Kain or Ben Hood? Sessions are suitable for Foundation - Year 4 students and cover topics such as where ideas come from, how to formulate a story, sketching, drawing programs, composition and more.

All your school needs is an internet connection, active Skype account and some curious kids!

Cost: $240 for a 40 minute session

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George the Farmer - an Author’s Perspective 
The Year 1/2 students were fortunate enough to host Simone Kain, the author of “George the Farmer”, during a skype session as part of their English classes on author’s intent and story-telling. Students had been encouraged to make predictions about what “George the Farmer” could be about before they were introduced to the ABC Landline story on George and his creators, author Simone Kain and illustrator, Ben Hood. Further research was undertaken by the class as they studied how George was created to fill a gap in the childrens’ apps and books market about Australian farmers. The classes read some of the George the Farmer books.

Prior to the Skype session, students drafted questions to ask Simone about being an author, the creation of George, the authors or stories that inspired her, and asked for advice as potential authors or app designers of the future. Through exposure to Simone Kain as an Australian author, students have begun a journey through real live situations, enriching their learning and opening their eyes to the many variations and types of farming.

- Andrea Vallance, Timboon P-12 School