Students get free book as story bus rolls in

BOOKS by Anh Do, JK Rowling, Aaron Blabey, Dav Pilkey and Alex Ratt, were all popular choices when the Sydney Writers’ Festival’s colourful ‘library-on-wheels’, Russ The Story Bus, visited Merrylands Public School.

Relieving teacher librarian David Green said students in Years 4, 5 and 6, were invited onto Russ to select a free book to keep.
He said several students admitted they did not have many books at home, so being able to choose a book of their own was a highlight of the visit, along with an interactive talk from award-winning children’s book illustrator and cartoonist Jules Faber.
“Jules shared his love of books, discussed his career and craft as an illustrator and author and encouraged the students to persevere with their interests and passions,” Mr Green said.
“He has illustrated over 30 books, including Anh Do’s Weirdo and is now and the author and illustrator of the new series, Max Crack.
“Jules delighted the students by reading an excerpt from his latest novel The Quest Diaries of Max Crack and by drawing caricatures of some of the staff at Merrylands.
“Students spoke highly of the experience, praising the design of the bus and the amazing drawings that Jules created while he answered questions.”
Merrylands Public School Principal Bronwyn York also praised the Russ the Story Bus program for promoting a love of reading in the students.