It’s time for the season of Author Appreciation! Every Friday, I’ll be writing about the authors and books that have changed my life. For the month of June, I’ll be starting with primary school. At the end of every post, I’ll be writing a paragraph or two that sums up my appreciation for the author.

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the schooling system in Australia, primary school is from kindergarten to year six, from the ages 3/4-11/12. We had this day called library day, which is pretty self-explanatory, but it was an allocated day where our class would go to the library for about thirty minutes so we could borrow books. I have so many fond memories of that time. I still remember the thick folder the librarians had, filled with barcodes for each student which they’d scan when we borrowed stuff. I still remember the little smiles and looks of disbelief they’d have when I placed my stack in front of them, and that one time when I was asked, “are you sure you can finish these books in a week?”

The fact is, books were the greatest thing to happen to me as a kid. My family moved to Australia from the Philippines when I was four, and the culture and language wasn’t something I was used to. Books became both my education and my escape. It was how I learned to associate with people, how to respond to situations. I literally owe the happiness in my formative years to books. So, without further ado…

LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!

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