Nearly 300,000 kids participated in the Premier’s Reading Challenge this year in government, Catholic, private, home and all categories of schools in New South Wales.
The goal is to create life-long readers and it’s succeeding.
Yes, reading develops literacy, critical thinking, provides enjoyment, but the greatest gift, is a safe place for kids to work out their values, how to navigate their world and the discovery of who they are and want to be.
The Minister for Early Childhood Education, Aboriginal Affairs and the Assistant Minister for Education, Leslie Williams gave a heartfelt speech about the love of books and their importance to kids.
Winston Heights Public School hosted the event with their band and the whole school celebrating reading. It was beautiful!!!!
I had a heart warming experience when students and their fabulous teacher Anthony Nicco came up to me to say how much they loved my I Am Jack books.
Dymocks Booksellers is one of the sponsors of the Premier’s Reading Challenge and donated I Am Jack books to Winston Heights Public School. How touched was I when Aaron, a student there, said he’d give his copy to his teacher, because he knew how much it would mean to him. With kids like this, it makes me feel positive about the future.
It aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely. The Reading Challenge is in most states of Australia, beginning first in NSW.
The Challenge NSW starts again in March 2017. I am so proud to be one of 3 ambassadors for the Premier’s Reading Challenge with fellow authors Deborah Abela and Oliver Phommavanh, supporting the gift of reading to our schools and kids.
PS Love the illustrations Tony Flowers made for the Premier’s Reading Challenge banner! Everyone reads including dogs and cats because it’s a cool thing to do.