“Visiting children who are ill always makes you feel humble. Working with them and being able to make them smile or have them become engaged in a story or activity is doubly rewarding. They are such great kids to hang out with. Meeting their families who have so much to think about and to do is confronting, and in spite of this their warmth and welcome is always surprising. Hospital staff and educators are peerless, focused and deeply caring, it’s terrific to see humans so connected. Thanks for the opportunity.” Kevin Burgemeestre, Children’s Author & Illustrator
Kevin Burgemeestre was KOALA Kids guest author for the month of October.
Kevin is an award winning writer and illustrator with over sixty books to his credit. Kevin brought to the CCCs two pieces of unique artwork made for his book ‘B is for Bravo’ which teaches the phonetic alphabet for aviation. These artworks are handmade dioramas using recycled materials that Kevin found in rubbish bins and lying around the place. They were so detailed and looked so real; they were fascinating. It took Kev three years to create this amazing artwork!
Kevin then read The Old Woman and the Pig. Read with terrific speed and comedic time, the children loved the hilarious ending before engaging in a creative activity where they tore holes in paper to create eyes and then drew expressive faces. They also made tongues! Kev then made some hats with puppy ears and scary looking masks using Posca pens.
KOALA Kids thanks Kevin for coming in. It was a highly entertaining book club.
KOALA Kids also thanks Judith O’Brien from Mortlake and Janet MacDonald from Warrnambool for their generous donations of Posca Pens to Monash Children’s Cancer Centres. They are awesome and will be enjoyed by all of the children who use them for many book clubs to come.
The only risk of infection during Kevin Burgemeestre’s book club appearance was his whacky personality and wonderful sense of humor. Images from KOALA Kids book club at the Children’s Cancer Centres at Monash Children’s and The Royal Children’s Hospital during October.