Winter Wonder Book Challenge - Peckham Library

Sade Fadipe's Author Event at Peckham Library February 2024


Sade Fadipe

2/19/20242 min read

Valentine's day, Wednesday 14th February at Peckham Library was another great opportunity to speak out for children who find themselves caught up in forcefully displacement. And, there are a lot of them in our schools! From conversations I had with the children, who attended my Author visit at Peckham Library, we most certainly must praise teachers that do an awesome job at ensuring such children feel welcome, learn a new language: a new script to read and write in, and form relationships that help them feel secure.

Although the children's section of Peckham Library is equipped with a selection of culturally diverse children's books, nothing beats having the very authors coming along to meet their readers, likewise for the children. Across the two sessions totalling an estimated 35 people, it was a pleasure meeting new families. Children, especially the 10-year-olds at the afternoon session, went home feeling empowered and knowledgeable about the different ways in which they already play a tiny part in keeping their world safe. Their Snowy Joy reviews were quite encouraging - something every author cherishes!

On the topic of Refuge, sometimes, such issues are not often discussed. This means the voices of such children may not be heard as adequately as they should. Yet, all children's voices need to be heard. This is how Snowy Joy plays a significant role. The book empowers children to embrace conversations and ask questions when, how, and as may feel appropriate. As a fiction narrative, Snowy Joy delves into themes that make children feel the world belongs to them as well. The main characters find joy in helping each other by uniting for one great cause: becoming Toy-savers, regardless of their diverse heritages.

But what would you do if the presentation was geared beyond the ages of the children who decided to come along? No an issue. Thanks to the invisible Teacher Hat that perks upon my head. Snow Joy tends to attracts a younger audience due to its vibrant cover. The storytelling props lend themselves to flexible narration ensuring an enjoyable delivery, and so does its accessibility. From the book cover designs that didn't make it onto public domain, the 36 hand-painted A4 illustrations, the Refuge treasure box, signifying precious items that may accompany children seeking refuge (in place of the toys left behind) - to,  and of course the megaphone with which the children mimic their voices being heard. All these items form a part of the storytelling of Snowy Joy and her encounter with children seeking safety.

We also had a visiting illustrator show up! Author and Illustrator Tolu Shofule had heard about the event. He was impressed by the props used in engaging the concept of Refuge, and commented on how they were cleverly pitched to young peoples' understanding. I thank the children for the lovely reviews and for engaging so powerfully in the 'Make Your Voice Heard' activity - and kudos to Peckham Library for creating such a resourceful environment for young readers - the children clearly enjoy coming to their library and so did I.


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