ONE OF EUROPE’S most acclaimed writers for children, Swiss-Italian Davide Cali made his first ever visit to Australia in May 2012.
The Baobab Prize winner was guest speaker at the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s National Conference in Adelaide (17-19 May), and will visited New South Wales and Victoria during an intensive two-week tour, which included school and bookshop visits and other events.
- 1 to 15 May: The countdown to Davide’s visit starts with a 16-day Davide Cali Blog Tour, involving some of Australia’s most popular book blogs. Check it out here.
- 17 May: School visits in Adelaide
- 18 May: School visits in Adelaide
- 19 May (2.00-2.45pm): Talk/presentation to Children’s Book Council of Australia National Conference, Adelaide
- 19 May (3.30-4.00pm): Launch of Davide Cali’s new book, the award-winning graphic novel 10 Little Insects, at the CBCA National Conference.
- 20 May (1.00-5.00pm): Writers’ Workshop at SA Writers’ Centre
- 22 May (daytime): School visits in Geelong
- 22 May (4.30pm): An Afternoon with Davide Cali for kids
- 22 May (6.30pm): An Evening with Davide Cali/Launch of 10 Little Insects at Readings Bookshop, Carlton
- 23 May (daytime): School visits in Melbourne
- 23 May (evening): Dinner with CBCA (Victoria branch), Melbourne – CBCA members only
- 24 May (10am): Davide will launch ‘Reading for Social Peace’, a National Year of Reading Project created in conjunction with Yarra Plenty Regional Library, Lalor Library.
- 24 May (daytime): School visits in Melbourne
- 24 May (evening): Private reception at Books Illustrated, Melbourne
- 25 May: School visits in Geelong
- 26 May (11am): Morning tea and meet the author event with the Children’s Bookshop, Beecroft (for more information, please contact Paul MacDonald on 02 9481 8811).
- 27 May (12 noon): Lunch with Children’s Book Council, NSW branch (for more information contact Judith Ridge on 02 9839 6079)
- 28 May: School visits in Sydney
- 28 May (4pm): ‘Literature and Coffee with Davide Cali’, part of informal seminar series for teachers and librarians at Bloomin’ Books, Caringbah (tel 02 9540 3788)
Davide Cali has now returned to Europe. However, if you would like to be kept in touch with our future plans for his books.
Wilkins Farago has published nine of Davide’s books so far:
For younger readers
- The Bear with the Sword (illustrated by Gianluca Foli)
- A Dad Who Measures Up (illustrated by Anna Laura Cantone)
- I Like Chocolate (illustrated by Evelyn Daviddi)
- Piano Piano (illustrated by Eric Heliot)
- Santa’s Suit (illustrated by Eric Heliot)
- What is this thing called Love? (illustrated by Anna Laura Cantone)
For middle readers
- I Love Kissing You (illustrated by Serge Bloch)