SAMUEL Gilbert Public School pupils received a visit from Australian author Aleesah Darlison last week.
The author of children's book series 'Totally Twins' visited the school as part of the 'Storybook Challenge as part of an initiative of Carpet Court to improve literacy across Australia as part of the National Year of Reading.
As part of the challenge, pupils had to put together an illustrated story centred around the theme, 'What they love most about their community'.
Ms Darlison spoke to pupils in years 1 to 4 and encouraged them to read and write. "A lot of kids think basic spelling and stories are beyond them," she said.
The award winning author provided an insight into her childhood in Tinonee, NSW and enforced how important these reading programs are for children.
"We never saw an author, so to think you could become an author was beyond us," Ms Darlison said.
"If you make literacy accessible to children, they can fulfil their dreams."
Deputy principal Cathie Barclay said the challenge was a great community initiative and tied in with the school's curriculum.
She said she has read some inspiring stories from her students about what they love in their communities.