Chris Owen is heading to Adelaide Zoo on Sunday 15 April to read his books Pandamonia and My Superhero aloud at United Way South Australia’s annual Children’s Zoo Day. A thousand children and their families are expected to attend the event as Owen shares his books with audiences at the zoo.
The event has been organised by United Way South Australia, which aims to ensure every child can read, learn and succeed in life. The organisation works with some of the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and at-risk communities to give children a foundation in reading that will increase their likelihood of a better education and a better chance at life.
Owen said reading aloud to children was one of the most important things we could do. ‘It’s the bedrock of developing children’s literacy and helps to instil a lifelong interest in reading, as well as just being good fun and helping to build stronger family relationships. I wrote both of my books with read-aloud in mind and I am so pleased that they’re being used to promote the read-aloud message,’ said Owen.
While the United Way event is open by invite only, visitors to Adelaide Zoo on the day will still be able hear Chris Owen read his books aloud.
Pandamonia was voted a Notable Book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards and My Superhero was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award. Both books have been published overseas, in the US, China, South Korea and Italy.
‘The US version of Pandamonia seems to be doing really nicely. I recently heard that it’s into its third print run, which is just marvellous. The reviews have all been very positive and have highlighted the rhyming and rich vocabulary,’ said Owen.
For more information about United Way South Australia’s work and how you too can help children at risk, head to their website unitedwaysa.com.au.