Bevis Hanson writes his scary stories for all ages, but particularly young children. He started telling stories to the young children who came into his Otara Public Library because there were few books that grabbed their attention. He shared some of his stories with us, amazing to see a room full of librarians enjoying a picture book told with drama and excitement! And the free books were great too.
David Riley shared the story of how he came to write books for boys who don't like to read. The first book he wrote was about Niuean heroes ('We are the rock') in response to his students' need for information about Niuean people who have overcome adversity. David teaches at Tangaroa College in Mangere so he has great insight into what students want, in particular Maori and Pasifika boys who enjoy the colourful biographies he has written on Benji Marshall, Sonny Bill Williams, Steve Adams, and his latest book is called 'Samoan heroes'.
You can follow David on his Reading Warrior website
Pam offered some suggestions for becoming more inclusive, including
- share yourself with your students, and show that you care
- greeting and welcoming them, use their name if possible
- having an open door policy
- be interested in your students well being
- modelling warm, trusting and reciprocal relationship
- have a separate Maori language collection to highlight the resources you have and to give it importance - this identifies your Maori body of knowledge and affirms their place. Create a comfortable space around it, a ‘learning nest’, perhaps with a couch or other comfortable seating.
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