Wacky idea leads to first children’s book

Xavier Catholic College, Hervey Bay

Teacher-librarian Graham Bebington wrote a children’s adventure book for younger students to enjoy and learn from

GRAHAM Bebington not only looks after books - he now writes them.

The Xavier Catholic College, Hervey Bay, teacher-librarian has recently written, illustrated and self-published a children’s book.

Titled Fred Do-it’s Wacky Plan Really Fails, the book was the result of Graham’s passion and drive to succeed in everything he does.

In a world where children are influenced by technology, gaming and TV, reading was often not high on the “to do” list.

Graham, who had a passion for inspiring and encouraging children to read and write, aimed to change that perception.

What began as a text-based manuscript in 2014, developed into a 202 page, fully illustrated children’s adventure story.

He said he wanted to create a book that was exciting, inviting and inspiring for primary-aged children, as well as being a useful resource in the classroom.

“It includes important aspects of characterisation, creation of complications, building of tension and dynamic use of dialogue.

“Dialogue is used intrinsically throughout the story to draw young readers into the narrative,” he said.

Graham said illustrating the book became a natural progression on his writing journey.

He said what began as simple pencil sketches, developed into 250 digitally created interactive graphic illustrations that are fun, quirky and children can relate to them.

“I wanted illustrations on every page and a book that children would be eager to read.”

Graham, who grew up in South Africa and emigrated to Australia with his family in 2004, said he believed “we are all given opportunities and it is up to us to grasp them”.

“We should all dream and strive to achieve our goals.

“‘No’, should not be a hindrance, but a challenge to prove our worth.”

The talented teacher-librarian is also a passionate children’s presenter delivering his inspiring presentation “Hopes, Dreams and Stinky Fears!" to many schools across the Fraser Coast.

His aim was to motivate, empower and encourage children to believe in themselves, and more importantly, to believe in their dreams.

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