Meeting an author, illustrator, poet or storyteller in real life and hearing them convey their passion for their work can fundamentally alter a child relationship with books. This helps ignite a life-long love of reading.
Ken Spillman, one of Australia’s most prolific and versatile authors, editors and critics had visited Ekya School JP Nagar and our students of Grade 3 and 4 had an opportunity to meet him. He spoke about his latest novel, The Absolutely True Adventures of Daydreamer Dev.
Albert Einstein once said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world.” Ken Spillman and his fictional characters – among them the astonishing Daydreamer Dev – directly engage young readers with this concept, allowing them to embrace the idea that imagination is a gift we all have.
Using his ability to connect with young audiences, Ken made big concepts simple and delivered them in memorable ways. He encouraged children to develop confidence in their imaginative selves, leaving them with a belief that we are happier, more successful and more resilient if we value imagination and exercise it by the reading of fiction whenever possible. This was an inspiring presentation for the students.
The session was highly interactive, humorous and fun-filled. It closed with Mr. Ken Spillman answering interesting questions from students about, when he started writing and his favourite books. The lively session came to an end with a vote of thanks by Tanav. Mr. Ken Spillman was kind enough to autograph the books for the students.