Over the course of 5 days we visited 3 schools each per day, entertaining and inspiring an average of 50 students each, each session! It was a busy busy time :) We probably met around 200 tamariki throughout the week and 100 or so amazing Kaiako!
Our Reo Pēpi sessions were aimed at ECE and new entrants to Y4 students. With everyone enjoying a mixture of storytelling, games, waiata, prizes, kanikani and crazy, loud tamariki fuelled music! We visited big kura with 100's of students, libraries, kindies and country schools alike. We travelled the length and breadth of the Hawkes Bay-Ahuriri, Heretaunga, Havelock North, Waipukurau and many more!
We were hosted with great manaakitanga everywhere we went! Special thanks must go to the crew at Wardini's Books who made a right fuss of us! They invited us for a special homecooked dinner one night and hosted an Author Talk on another night at their Napier store. We felt very famous indeed!
One of the best highlights of the tour was the opportunity to spend so much time with likeminded people. It was a rare and special privilege to have the company of people also so engaged with children's literature for a whole week. Ka mihi mahana-warm, warm wishes to my tour whānau and to our extended whānaunga at Storylines Trust!
Below is a poem by Storylines Tour Author Sabrina Malcom, which details some our trip...remembering of course-what goes on tour, stays on tour :)