Last year, St. Mary’s School had its first lit fest, and I was delighted to be part of it. Talking to starry-eyed children is an experience like no other, and that’s why lit fests in school are special.
After addressing the children who were gathered together in the hall, we visited a few classrooms, met the girls and looked at the work they had put together. It was good fun, and I wished I had more time with each child.
In an hour, I could do no justice to 150 very different reading-related projects. Stories, 3-D projects, book reports, reviews … These girls from classes I to III had them all! (Some very honestly told me, ‘My father and I made this’ or ‘My mother did everything and I did the colouring’.)
Many of the children I met are now in my Writers’ Club, and I’m delighted to be working with them all year on their writing.
They were excited to meet me again, enthusiastically reminding me that I visited their classrooms last year, thrilled with the idea of joining the Writers’ Club.
Lit fests change children’s moods. Being immersed in literature makes children excited about reading and writing. More schools should have them!
Later this month, I will visit Vidya Valley School for their annual literature festival. I’ve been part of it twice; I can’t wait for what this year has in store for me!