|All activities at Yayasan Anak Community Center, located in Bali's Guwang Village, begin with a prayer. The prayer before my story reading was devoutly lead by an eight year old boy.|
Being one of the few children's writers that participated in the festival, I was kept quite busy! But I didn't mind at all. I spent time at two wonderful international schools, did storytellings at numerous community centers, places that are similar to America's Boy's and Girl's Clubs, and a reading at Periplus bookshop.
I always love reading my books with kids. But my readings in Balinese community centers were extra special for me. Why? All these readings were bilingual and bilingual readings are always a bit of an adventure. But that wasn't the main reason. It was the kids. They came from local Indonesian schools, schools that don't have much in the way of materials, books or guests speakers. I am sure these kids have never seen anything like me- a crazy American woman dramatically telling a story and asking them to play some kind of odd musical instrument! The children were transfixed! When the story reading was over, they just didn't want to go home. This was especially true of the older children, who came entirely of their own accord; they soaked up every word I said. Their eyes were so bright when I talked about the power that books can have in their lives. Those moments were so dear, they brought tears to my eyes. Below are pictures from all my readings on Bali. Enjoy!
|The children of Guwang village were great listeners.|
|They probably thought I was a bit crazy, but the kids from Guwang seemed to enjoy every minute of the story readings.|
|Chunggu Community School students may have been dressed like their favorite storybook character, but that didn't stop them from participating in the story reading!|
|Fun was had by all at the the Pondok Pekak Library.|
|The kids enjoyed the songs.|
|The treats were greatly appreciated by youngsters who attended my Periplus bookstore reading.|