After a long and successful career in the health industry, Sydney mum Anne Donnelly has decided to pursue her passion for storytelling by creating a children’s picture book.
Her debut book called Ori the Octopus, which centres around friendship, was published last month.
“After devoting my entire career to health, children’s literacy is a close second priority for me,” Ms Donnelly said.
“Reading is such an important life skill and I am passionate about what I do,
“I have always loved telling stories and doing arts and crafts, so I thought I would have a go at creating a book.”
Ms Donnelly said she has completed two more manuscripts and has a third in the works.
She said the great thing about Ori the Octopus was it was not just a book, when reading aloud children could follow along using actions and create their own stories afterwards using cut out puppets.
Children’s literacy is a priority for me. Reading is such an important life skill and I am passionate about what I do.Anne Donnelly
Ms Donnelly has recorded videos of the puppet-making process and of herself reading the stories for children to enjoy at home. On her website there are also downloadable activities for parents and children to do together.
Ms Donnelly did her first public reading as part of National Read to Me Day in March, she enjoyed it so much she has partnered with Liverpool council to read her book to children at al of Liverpool’s libraries.
She did her first readings at Casula on Monday and Moorebank libraries on Tuesday and will head to Liverpool, Green Valley and Carnes Hill Libraries over the next week.
Where to see her:
- At Moorebank Library on Wednesday, May 3, from 10.30am to 11.15am.
- At Green Valley Library on Friday, May 5, from 10.30am to 11.15am.
- At Miller Library on Monday, May 8, from 10.30am to 11.15am.
- At Carnes Hill Library on Wednesday, May 10, from 10.30am – 11.15am.