Children’s non-fiction author and storyteller Christopher Lloyd is now half way through his 18-day tour of China – his fourth Asian lecture tour in as many years. Affectionately known by the Chinese as “Wallbook Dad” his series of 6 timeline Wallbooks has become a giant sensation with parents, teachers and children in many cities.
In Wuhan – an inland city of just 18 million people set on both sides of the River Yangtze, Chris presented his Big History of the world in front of an audience of 2,000 in the enormous Han Show Theatre.
“There is huge interest in this way of learning and connecting knowledge together” says Lloyd “and it is a real honour and privilege to have such a warm reception. I now have hundreds of friends and thousands of fans here in China, which is a little bizarre to comprehend, but it’s also very humbling and exhilarating.”
Lloyd has already delivered 10 lectures on his tour. He has just left Beijing after speaking yesterday at China’s most prestigious private school, Keystone Academy. Today (Thursday 25th April) he gave a demo lesson to thirty 11-year- olds on a stage in front or more than 1,000 teachers at China’s most highly respected public school, Tsinghua University Primary School.
“It really is wonderful to see the interest here in adopting different approaches to learning. The idea that students learn best when they are allowed to develop key skills through their own individual interests is something the Chinese are beginning to understand. There is a long way to go in schools to adopt this more modern approach to personalised learning, but I feel like my message really is having a resonance here. It is extremely rewarding to see,” he states.
Christopher Lloyd is now heading to Xiamen, a cultural city in Fuzhou Province on the coast of China opposite Taiwan. Next week he will open a special nature-park island dedicated to developing a love of reading which contains a brand new book shop. The nature park has giant outdoor versions of all six of his timeline wallbooks as a special exhibition for parents and children in celebration of the opening.