Here I am dressed up as Max from Where the Wild Things Are. I love Max! He was our key image for promoting the Big Book Buy. Why Max? Well Where the Wild things Are won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book in 1964, over 40 years ago.... and if you talk to a group of adults about children’s books they loved growing up, many will say Where the Wild Things Are.... and it’s still beloved by children today!

The Big Book Buy is an initiative at St Paul's where we aim to build up the resources of books and bibles in Children's Church. We hoped to serve up a feast of delicious new books to feed the hearts and minds of our kids - future thinkers, leaders and teachers and to provide parenting resources to empower and equip our parents and families. Our vision was also to share the love with a small church in Kaitaia (with very few resources) by giving them a selection of books and bibles too. We invited people to “buy-in” to our vision by sponsoring books for Children's Church. So we hosted a delicious family lunch, where people could relax with their families before choosing a book....
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The kids dressed up as their favourite book characters....
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Bingo the Clown entertained the kids. He had them captivated with tricks, balloon animals and swords...
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It was great to see the kids really excited about the books.... choosing the ones they wanted to get for Children's Church.... getting their parents to help them write a special message on the book plates.... sticking them in "their" books.... and putting them in the book boxes.
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It was a wonderful occasion with a real sense of celebration, giving and love. It was an overwhelming success! Reading to children is one of the most powerful things we can do, it leaves a life long impact... we can't wait to open up these lovely books to read to our children.

Remember "a house without books is like a room without windows." Horace Mann

Stacy McIvor

Photos of children dressed as book characters by Stacy McIvor. All other photos by Beth Peters