We invited Leesa Lambert from The Little Bookroom in Carlton North, Melbourne, to tell us about what is happening in her world during Victoria’s lockdown. In a world that is full of sad stories right now we found her words incredibly uplifting and positive. Enjoy this little bit of magic from Leesa and, no matter where you are located, join in the fun to #spreadmagicnotgerms and create happy memories for the littlest readers.
Over the last few weeks fairy doors and pixie gardens have popped up all over the city, dragons have taken up residence on porches, unicorns can be seen peeking out of windows and footpaths have been transformed into magical murals.
Kids and grown-ups have embraced their creativity and put their imaginations to work, collectively casting a cheerful spell over our streets. What a gift it is to make something enchanting for another to chance upon.
The Little Bookroom has been engaged in magical work for sixty years: like magicians, we match kids with books! And we bring a community of readers, writers, illustrators, publishers, teachers, librarians, speech pathologists and more together. How? By welcoming people into our shop for conversations and celebrations. But now, with Melbourne in the middle of Lockdown 2.0, we’ve had to find new ways to keep in touch and support each other.
When our friend Fairy Caitlin told us about her project to #SpreadMagicNotGerms we jumped aboard!
Last time Melbourne was in lockdown people filled their windows with rainbows and bears for children to spy while they were out for a walk. For the next six weeks let’s take it up a notch: join us to make a magical creature spotting adventure. Let’s make Melbourne magical!
When I was little my mum would take us on night walks along the beach and tell us about the mermaids who lived under the local pier. On Christmas morning when I was five, Dad took me into the front yard to see the sleigh tracks in the tanbark, and Mum pointed out that my precious impatiens had been pruned by hungry reindeer. Those memories of wonderment have stuck.
If there’s ever been a time to embrace suspended disbelief, it’s now. Let’s make some magical memories for Melbourne kids, for them to tell stories about when they grow-up.
No matter where you are, join in the fun on Facebook and Instagram with a photo at #spreadmagicnotgerms and show us your little bit of magic.
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