08 Nov Author Morris Gleitzman meets his toughest critics – ‘Early Harvest’ child Editors
Early Harvest – Stories written and edited by children for children
Every year, 100 Story Building publishes a children’s fiction publication called Early Harvest that is entirely written and edited by children under the mentorship of publishing professionals. The publishing program is unique in that it gives editorial powers to children for a publication meant for children. The publication is also rare in that it caters to the 10-12 year olds an age bracket that parents often struggle to find publications catering to this unique age bracket.
The theme of Early Harvest 7 is ‘Dreams’, and the young editors received 150 submissions from young writers. Just as they were finishing, a surprise 151st one arrived from none other than best-selling author and Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman. Not ones to get celebrity-struck, the editors applied the same stringent criteria they applied to the children’s stories. Luckily for Morris, he made the cut but not before some careful consideration, discussion, feedback and edits!
Editors for the Early Harvest 7th Edition 2018
“I felt powerful giving feedback to an author, like my opinion and feedback matters. If your audience is kids, you should be asking children to read your book first! We can give great feedback and make it better!” said Oscar K, Year 6 student at Heatherhill Primary School in Springvale.
Best-selling children’s authors have participated in the program.
Each year, 100 Story Building enlists schools in areas of high need to participate in the program. This year, six schools from Greater Dandenong participated in the program. An editorial board of 14 young editors were selected next and
under the mentorship of publishing professionals – editors, illustrators, designers and published authors – the students sent out a call for submissions, commissioned illustrations, decided the cover, interacted with designers and put the magazine together.
Best-selling children’s authors such as Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton, Shaun Tan, Sally Rippin, Alice Pung, Maxine Beneba Clarke and more have participated in the program in the past.
Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman
2018 Participating schools from Greater Dandenong, Melbourne Victoria.
Heatherhill Primary School (Springvale), Wooranna Park Primary School (Dandenong), St Mary’s Primary School )Dandenong), St Gerard’s Primary School (Dandenong North), St Anthony’s School (Noble Park) and Don Bosco School (Narre Warren).
The seventh edition of Early Harvest is launching on November 10 and is available for sale at Reading Kids Carlton, Melbourne or online www.100storybuilding.org.au
Early Harvest is a project developed by 100 Story Building, Davina Bell and Emma Hewitt and aims to support literacy development and foster creative confidence in young people. 100 Story Building is a children’s creative space based in Melbourne. They use storytelling as a tool to foster creativity and imagination. The centre is open to all children but they especially focus on children and young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. All profits from sales of Early Harvest go back to 100 Story Building to run free literacy programs.