Those who know me well know that I love children’s books, particularly picture books with rhyming text, brilliant illustrations and a good, inspirational story, not to mention characters who move me emotionally and pull at my heart strings. Kids books are a few of my favourite things.
Did you know that I am a very proud grandma who loves to connect with these budding little artists, storytellers, mischief makers, pirates and whatever takes over their imagination. I love to read to children and see their faces light up or hear their giggles with The Cranky Bear, or Piranhas don’t eat Bananas. From classics such as Wind in the Willows, The Secret Garden and Alice in Wonderland, I count myself so fortunate to own a diverse collection of beautiful books that uplifts me. It’s such a joy to read, savour and read again these magical stories. Do you know what I mean? What’s your favourite kid’s book?
I like to give books as gifts and write my own story books for the grandchildren making them personalised – capturing their dinosaur play or garden romps.
Dear followers, students and loyal fans, over the next month or two I would like to share with you some of my favourite things. I begin with 2 things – children’s books and art. I hope you will see how these things have shaped me, enticed me and motivated me to be a better person in the world. Many of you out there can boast of some favourite things that cause you to smile and enjoy. On this journey, please share some with me too.
My second favourite thing is my love of art. I especially like indigenous art with its dots, swirling patterns, brush strokes, stories and colour. From my first lino cut print from Cairns to the purchase of Central Desert art, I have been moved with appreciation and insight into this amazingly diverse world and culture. Painting is deeply personal for many Elders and young artists. It reveals the wisdom of their tribe and past history. It draws on the rich landscape, and communicates about their sense of belonging and community.
Have you ever seen a Papunya painting or one from Utopia? What about Tiwi art and the Torres Strait islands? From the Top End and Arnhem Land to the Kimberleys, indigenous art is becoming collectible, fashionable and admired.I like to think that the imagery, sacred stories and talent is respected for a long time more.
I look forward to sharing my next favourite things soon. Let me know yours!