There will definitely be a few more books around Westport Primary School after students had a visit from Russ the Story Bus.
Everywhere you turned on December 5, students had their noses in books after a visit to the magical book bus in town thanks to the Sydney Writer’s Festival.
The story bus has been going around to schools since 2014, and on this tour will visit 60 schools across the state including Westport Primary, Port Macquarie Public School, Tacking Point Primary School, and Lake Cathie Public School.
The bright and colourful mobile creative space is decked out with bookshelves full of the latest children’s books and spots for kids to read and listen to stories.
Librarian at Westport Primary Rachel Kelly said the kids had a ball on the bus.
“We were contacted about the bus coming to school and it has just been such a great day with all the students loving their time on the bus,” Ms Kelly said.
“Obviously this isn’t something that happens everyday so all the students are very excited by the opportunity to not only see the bus and get to pick a book to take home, but also the fact they are meeting an Australian author in real life.”
Ms Kelly said the students really enjoyed being able to meet Australian author Martine Murray.
“During the year we read lots of books and talk about the authors themselves but for them to now link those chats to a real person is great,” she said.
“In class we have read some of Martine’s books so it was wonderful they could meet her and have her sign their new books.
“In this day and age where technology is taking over our lives to see the students get so excited over books is great.”
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