CHILDREN’S author Margaret Wild will face more than a thousand students on Wednesdaywhen she hosts a special video conference for pupils taking part in the Premier’s Reading Challenge.”It is wonderful to be able to make contact with my readers,” Ms Wild said. “I’m interested to hear what they think about my books and to listen to their questions. The good thing about children is that they are so honest.”Ms Wild, who has written books including Fox and The Very Best of Friends, will be in contact with students from 34 schools including Crookwell Public School in the southern tablelands and Kempsey East Public School on the north coast.Students at Crookwell have already submitted a flood of questions, such as: “If you could travel the world, where would you go and why?” and “If you could travel back in time, who or what would you like to see?”Ms Wild also expects to field questions from budding young authors about how to get started in the craft.”I would say reading is the most important thing,” she said. “It builds up your knowledge, it builds up your vocabulary and sparks your imagination.”I always say you can’t be writers unless you are readers.”Ms Wild said her writing career took off because of the support of a teacher she had in high school, while she was living in South Africa.”He was so passionate about books and encouraged us to write,” she said.”I would always get frustrated that there wasn’t any more writing, but he was great and gave me confidence in my stories.”The Premier’s Reading Challenge is a NSW government initiative with its principal partner, Dymocks Children’s Charities, supporting partner OPSM and media partner The Sun-Herald.? Buy a Premier’s Reading Challenge Sun-Herald subscription for $30 and Fairfax will donate $10 to your child’s school. See www.heraldeducation南京夜网.au/readingrewards or phone 13 66 66.
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