HAPPY DAYS: Sunday was children’s day at the Byron Bay Writers festival.
HAPPY DAYS: Sunday was children’s day at the Byron Bay Writers festival. MIREILLE MERLET-SHAW

A novel approach to reading keeps kids entertained

WITH the Kids Big Day Out chapter of the Byron Bay Writers Festival taking place on Sunday it wasn't the pitter-patter of tiny feet that could be heard so much as the excitable cheers of children as they engaged with their favourite authors.

Big names in the world of children's literature took to the First Nation Marquee from 9am until 2pm to the delight of children and parents alike.

While names such as The Treehouse series author Andy Griffith and award-winning Australian author Jackie French were among those who held the attention of the children, parents such as Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson watched on.

"For us today was specifically about bringing the kids," Cr Richardson said.

"The people they bring here are incredible, obviously in the wider adult context it is all the literature names but even for the kids they've got Andy Griffiths, Jackie French, people the kids grow up loving, there they are standing in front of them.

"The interesting thing too is just how interactive the children's authors have to be, just watching the children see a story they might have read 100 times come alive by the author is just awesome."

Cr Richardson who attended the day with his children, 6-year-old Frida and 3-year-old Matilda, said the day was about more than just story telling.

"It's just some genuine non screen based fun.

"When you're sitting here and you've got kids climbing trees and playing with their peers among words and stories.

"My kids have been sitting in there for an hour and a half already and it makes you realise this is gold, kids just don't hang in spaces doing things that aren't stimulating them so an event that can engage kids from three to 13 for a few hours, well obviously there is something really rich in that program," he said.



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