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    2018 - 07.03

    CHILDREN’S book author Justin D’Ath visited Summerdale Primary School yesterday, helping to promote a love of reading and writing in children.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Pupils from years 3 to 6 heard how the prolific author, who has written more than 40 books, became a writer.

    ‘‘I’m hoping I will encourage a new generation of readers and a love of books,’’ D’Ath said.

    ‘‘I’m also hoping to encourage them to write stories. I started to write books as a hobby when I was nine years old – comic books about my pets.

    ‘‘I was always an author, if you like, but at that stage I had no aspirations to be an author: I did it for my own entertainment.’’

    Such aspirations, however, have started early for Beth Hutchings, 10, Will Hutchings, 9, Keila Burnie, 8, and Joel Woolley, 11.

    When the children were asked who wanted to become an author, four hands shot up in the air, with Beth and Will having already written stories together.

    ‘‘A particular story is about us, where one night a mysterious robot thing came into our room and we went to another dimension,’’ Will said.

    Advanced skills teacher Tania Bowman said exposing students to authors had many benefits.

    ‘‘Many of our children are familiar with Justin’s books and having him here heightens the excitement of reading,’’ she said.

    ‘‘It helps to instil a love of reading and writing in all children wherever they at in the [learning] process.’’

    Summerdale primary pupils Beth Hutchings, 10, Will Hutchings, 9, Keila Burnie, 8, and Joel Woolley, 11, with author Justin D’Ath. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

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