Storytelling at the re-opened Streatham Library

Friends of Streatham Library and the fantastic Sandra Davidson from the Library invited CWISL to come and participate in the opening week festivities. We had a stall at the new big hall.

I had 4 of my books to display and sell. It was great to see that many people – parents, grandparents and visitors to the library were interested in the books as much as the food, the chess and the history on display.


The big and bold illustrations of As I Watch and Balu’s Basket did get a lot of attention.

And then in the afternoon it was my turn to do storytelling in the children’s section of the main library. The kids were busy painting bags and after a big storytime announcement from me the kids and parents gathered around.



This was the first time I was going to tell Where is Gola’s Home? And As I Watch. Balu’s Basket was on its second storytelling.

gola_webThe kids loved listening to Gola. They loved to think about landscapes like riverside, forests, the beach and the mountains.


And then I read Balu’s Basket. While some of the fruits were exotic for the kids here, they were really into it. They guessed the colour, they made shapes with their hands. We clucked together when Balu went to collect the chickens and we sang Rock a Bye Baby when he rocked the baby to sleep.

AsIWatch-6x150After that I read As I Watch – appropriate for a beautiful, spring afternoon. After the butterfly had laid it egg, the children drew colourful butterflies.









It was a fantastic opportunity to be there and to meet with so many lovely Streatham residents. It was another wonderful event made possible by being part of CWISL.10150691_627492180649570_1087848448_n