GALLERY: Thirroul's enchanting land of stories

Teagan, dressed as a witch, crawls through a caterpillar. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR
Teagan, dressed as a witch, crawls through a caterpillar. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR
Sidney, dressed as a fairy, has fun with her friends. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Sidney, dressed as a fairy, has fun with her friends. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Paper folding time at the craft workshop. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Paper folding time at the craft workshop. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Paper folding time at the craft workshop. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Paper folding time at the craft workshop. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Kobi gets creative at the craft workshop. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Kobi gets creative at the craft workshop. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Nate embellishes a butterfly at a table stocked with oversized pencils. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Nate embellishes a butterfly at a table stocked with oversized pencils. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Author Dianne Ellis reads to children and parents. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Author Dianne Ellis reads to children and parents. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Story time at Thirroul Community Centre and Library. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Story time at Thirroul Community Centre and Library. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Author Lilli Rodriques-Pang tells a story while Indigo plays. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Author Lilli Rodriques-Pang tells a story while Indigo plays. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Play time for the toddler set. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Play time for the toddler set. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Kobi and Teagan at Thirroul Community Centre and Library. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Kobi and Teagan at Thirroul Community Centre and Library. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

A goody bag for each of the kids. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

A goody bag for each of the kids. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

More than 100 children revelled in the written word at Thirroul District Community Centre and Library on Thursday as they listened to and wrote their own stories at the second annual Kids Day Out.

Whether drawing pictures of storybook characters, listening to authors such as Lilli Rodriques-Pang tell a story, or writing poetry, there was plenty to keep the kids entertained all day.

About a dozen children's authors ran activities including crafts, drawing, jokes, plays, a teamwork workshop for older children and a film and author discussion.

The children, aged between two and 12, were also encouraged to dress up as their favourite character for a chance to win a prize.

Margaret Wolfe, branch secretary of the Illawarra-South Coast Children's Book Council, which organised the event with the help of Wollongong City Council, said the school holiday program aimed to foster a love of reading in children.

"And how important it is to get away from the computer and have a book in their hand," she said.

"The joy of a printed, coloured book - there's no comparison."

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