Sketching an illustration for The Art Show That Came To Life

Hello, my name is Melanie Notaras. I'm the author and founder of My School Adventure, and I write children's fiction as "M.A. Notaras". Not only did I write the words, but I also illustrated The Art Show That Came To Life!

Author & illustrator Melanie Notaras with her book The Art Show That Came To Life At [Your School Name Here]

I spent many years as a reading and fundraising volunteer at my kids' primary school. One night I was walking around their art show trying to think of our next fundraising idea, when 'voila!' a school-customised book about an out of control art show was born! I was thrilled because it would be something kids and parents would value as well as enjoy, and with so many kids having life-threatening food allergies it could be a new school event that included everyone. Plus after the hard 2 day set up we'd just done, something super easy for hard working parent volunteers was a real attraction. So I did it!

My writing accomplishments include winning the Sydney Writer's Festival public entry competition "Tell a Story to Save Your Life" in 2001 for my rhyming story The Big Cheese. Prior to having children, I worked for several years in the property industry following university and post-graduate studies, but writing and illustrating is a lot more fun!

Melanie Notaras sketching

I'm currently working on a second book called "The Science Fair That Went Berserk At [Your School Name Here]" that's filled with dinosaurs, volcanoes, robots, lab rats, space travel - and of course, your school and four of your teachers. So stay tuned!

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