Books in Homes

They way I look at it, any program like Books in Homes that tries to get books in the hands of kids is a good thing:

‘IT STILL looks messy.” A student is heckling illustrator Craig Smith as he whips up a remarkable charcoal drawing of Billy the Punk, a character he illustrated for a popular children’s book.

Mr Smith laughs and applies finishing touches. He enjoys interacting with young readers at schools such as St Brendan’s Primary School.

He has visited about 30 schools this year, but at this Catholic primary school in Flemington he has an important mission – to act as a role model for Books in Homes, a program that provides children from disadvantaged backgrounds with nine books to take home each year.