Penning and illustrating over 35 children’s books published throughout the world does seem to lend weight to Australian author Frane Lessac’s opinion that kids nowadays probably tend to read less for leisure.‘Children are reading more now they might be reading more on the Internet, maybe more of graphic novels etc, but they are definitely reading. What may be happening is they might be reading less for leisure,’ says Frane, who was in the city for the just concluded Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The author who is well known in the US, Australia, UK Carribian Islands among other places is no stranger to India too, a country she has now visited four times in total.‘This time I went to schools and had events in Kolkata, Chandigarh, Gurgaon and am overwhelmed meeting so many children. They are warm, polite, gorgeous and some of them have voracious reading habits,’ Frane told PTI.Every visit for the 58-year-old storyteller is an adventure. She has been to Varanasi, Rajasthan, Kochi and Punjab among other places. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘India is an adventure. One of my bestselling books called The Bird Who Was an Elephant is a story based here and the book has come out in five different versions including Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, and Urdu,’ says Frane who was also participating in a multi-city tour organised as part of the Oz Fest, the ongoing Australian cultural festival in India.Nine O’ Clock Lullaby and Simpson and His Donkey are her other books capturing stories from India that she has written and filled with beautiful and vivid watercolour illustrations.Born in the US and raised on the small Carribbean island of Montserrat, the who has later lived in London before moving to Australia is a collector of stories too.‘I collect stories especially folk tales from all the places I have been to. In Chandigarh the children loved hearing folk tales,’ says Frane.