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Meredith Costain launches “My First Day at School”

Book Launch – My First Day at School

Guest blog by Yvonne Mes (writer and illustrator)

Meredit Costain book

Meredith Costain’s latest picture book, a verse picture book illustrated by Michelle Mackintosh was launched on Sunday at the StoryArts Festival in Marburg.

As sometimes happens in the publishing industry the actual books themselves were still making their way to Australia and didn’t make it in time for the launch. But book plates were available and everyone rushed to the bookshop to order their copies.

As a part of the celebration, the four main characters of My First Day at School, Zach, Amira, Zoe and Ari and their teacher Mrs Mellor were voiced and performed by the talented (and very patient) students of Tivoli State School. They performed various scenes/ verses from the book accompanied by props and music. My favourite was the part where a student desperately needs to go to the toilet, his expression was hilarious.

Meredith was thrilled to see her story come alive and very impressed with the students’ acting abilities and efforts. Meredith presented them with one of her books.


Meredith Costain has written over a hundred books for children. From picture books  including Doodledum Dancing which was an Honour Book in the 2070 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards to novels for older readers such as the Year in Girl Hell. She has been writing poetry since she was a little girl, thinking up poems while riding her bicycle.

You can buy My First Day at School here

And you can find out more about Meredith here