Storyteller draws in the bookworms

Children have flocked to the library this week to meet award-winning children's author Ned Barraud.

The Wellington-based writer has been on a tour of South Taranaki libraries, with his last stop planned for Eltham this morning.

Barraud, who has worked as a texture artist at Weta Workshop for about 12 years, said the tour was the first he had been on and he had enjoyed it.

"I didn't realise how important libraries are to little communities," he said.

So far between 20-40 children had attended each of the six sessions he had presented.

Yesterday he visited the libraries at Waverley, Patea and Hawera, where he drew his biggest crowd yet.

He said during each session he talked to the children about what he did and how his ideas came to end up on the page. Barraud also helped the children to make a rock pool.

The father of three has had two books published - At the Beach and In the Garden. His third book Under the Ocean is due to be published in May.

Hawera Library's Pam Jones said she knew the children would enjoy what Barraud had to offer as a storyteller and she had been proved right by the number of children who had attended.

"They've just poured in," she said.

Ms Jones said Barraud's books fitted in well with the theme of the Summer Reading programme which 175 children at Hawera Library alone were enrolled during this month.

His series of books include his own illustrations and each book takes a broad look at a specific part of our environ-ment. "The greatest hits of the natural world."

In 2013, Barraud, along with co-author Gillian Candler, won the LIANZA Elsie Locke Non Fiction Award for their book At the Beach.

The final story telling session with Mr Barraud starts at 10am today at Eltham Library.

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