Kids! Craig Smith in performance at our city libraries

Next Sunday, 23 September 2012, the wonderful Craig Smith will be in performance at our two inner city libraries:

You will know of him through Wonky Donkey, Wilbee the Bumblebee and more.

I’ll never forget seeing him in action at the Central Library! It was like a rock star was in the house.
Craig Smith at the Central Library

And here he is at Shirley Library.
Craig performing

Bring the kids along, and fill up your book bags afterwards!

Come along to the Storylines Free Family Day

Storylines logoOn Sunday 15 August from 10am-3pm some of New Zealand’s best children’s authors and illustrators will be heading to the Christchurch Town Hall for the Storylines Free Family Day.  The whole day is FREE and it’s a chance for you to come and meet some of your favourite authors and illustrators, including Margaret Mahy, Joy Cowley, Gavin Bishop, and the creators of the Wonky Donkey book, Craig Smith and Katz Cowley

As well as meeting all these cool people and maybe even getting your books signed, there are heaps of fun things for you to do, including face painting, creating your own bookmark or mask, and learning about the world around you in the Factopia zone.  Come dressed as your favourite book character and you might even score a spot prize.

To find out more about what’s happening on the day you can grab a programme from your local library or visit the Storylines website.

Craig Smith and the Wonky Donkey

Is Craig Smith  of Wonky Donkey fame more popular than The Wiggles? He just might be, given the crowds of kids and parents in Christchurch’s Central Library currently enjoying a performance.

Craig Smith

Celebrate NZ Book Month with some great children’s books

We have some amazing children’s and young adult’s authors and illustrators in New Zealand.  There are the legends like Margaret Mahy, Joy Cowley, Pamela Allen and Gavin Bishop as well as some authors and illustrators that not so well known but will soon become household names.  For New Zealand Book Month I want to highlight some of my favourite New Zealand authors and illustrators, and shout about some brilliant new books that have been published recently.

A hilarious new picture book was launched at The Children’s Bookshop in Victoria St on Saturday, called The Wonky Donkey, with words and music by Craig Smith and illustrations by Katz Cowley.  Craig Smith is well known around Christchurch as a fantastic musician who performs a variety of popular music and writes and performs his own unique children’s songs.  We have his first CD Not Just for Kids in the library and I suggest you check it out.  As the title suggests, the songs aren’t just for kids, adults find them hilarious (myself included).  The Wonky Donkey is one of the best tracks on the CD and won the Children’s Song of the Year 2008 in the APRA Music Awards.  Craig, with the help of up-and-coming illustrator, Katz Cowley, has now turned this song into a picture book.  As you read through the book or listen to the song, you find out more about the Wonky Donkey, such as how he only has three legs and one eye, making him a winky wonky donkey.  Both the story and the illustrations are absolutely hilarious and are perfectly matched.  I’m sure it will be enjoyed by everyone.  It is also good to hear that Craig Smith is bringing out another children’s album next year with a new bunch of great songs and Craig and Katz will be collaborating again on another picture book of Craig’s song Wilby the Bumblebee.