Leigh Hobbs to visit Cleve school

The South Australian children's festival, DreamBig, is coming to Cleve with the Australian Children's Laureate visiting Cleve Area School on Monday, May 22.

The Laureate promotes the importance of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians and as part of the visit children’s book author Leigh Hobbs will hold workshops.

Mr Hobbs, the author of Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Fiona Pig and more recently Mr Chicken will mesmerise local children with stories about his characters and will run a drawing workshop with Cleve and Cowell Area School students.

Cleve Area School teacher, librarian Marg Honan said Mr Hobbs’ visit was sponsored by the state library and he would be highlighting their children's literature collection with a chat about a book by Corinne Fenton, Bob the Railway Dog.

The book is about a young dog, who took a fancy to the workers building the railway near Strathalbyn and followed some of the navvies to the line.

Mrs Honan said Bob’s true railway career started not long after he was consigned from Adelaide with fifty other dogs to Quorn, to be used to exterminate rabbits near Carrieton.

“It's over 120 years since Bob died and his life and antics have been recorded for today's generation of children to remember our history.”

Mrs Honan said she had the opportunity to hear Mr Hobbs speak at the the International Board on Books for Young People Congress (IBBY) in Auckland in 2016 and met him at the Hans Christian Anderson Awards dinner.

“He is a very entertaining speaker and I'd encourage parents and friends to come along to this free event on Monday, at 1.30pm,” she said, 

AUTHOR VISIT: Jennie Orchard, Marg Honan, Mo Willems the author of Knuffle Bunny and Leigh Hobbs at the Hans Christian Anderson Awards dinner.

AUTHOR VISIT: Jennie Orchard, Marg Honan, Mo Willems the author of Knuffle Bunny and Leigh Hobbs at the Hans Christian Anderson Awards dinner.