A love of read­ing be­gins at home

Chinchilla News - - NEWS | OPINION - Ju­lia Baker Ju­lia.Baker@chin­chillanews.com.au

I NEVER imag­ined as a fully fledged grown-up, I’d en­joy a Book Week pa­rade so much.

But last week, as I watched stu­dents pa­rade the streets adorned in all kinds of won­der­ful cre­ations, I couldn’t help but be swept up in the ex­cite­ment, fun and pure child-like joy of it all.

In this seem­ingly crazy world where screen time reigns supreme, it’s heart-warm­ing to see kids tap into their most valu­able re­source: imag­i­na­tion.

I don’t ever re­mem­ber hav­ing a Book Week pa­rade dur­ing my pri­mary school days but I do re­mem­ber spend­ing count­less hours lost in the pages of a book.

When I was lit­tle it was the likes of Koala Lou, Wom­bat Stew and Where the Wild Things Are; sto­ries that helped me make sense of my child­hood world and un­leashed my imag­i­na­tion.

As I got a lit­tle older it was Roald Dahl, Enid Bly­ton and C.S Lewis that brought my evenings to life.

My mother read­ing to me ev­ery night be­fore bed­time when I was a child re­mains one of my most trea­sured child­hood me­mories and I’m so thank­ful to her for ig­nit­ing in me a love of read­ing.

I can’t imag­ine a child­hood where none of my favourite char­ac­ters or fan­tas­ti­cal tales ex­isted.

Chin­chilla State School prin­ci­pal Dale Mag­ner told me Book Week was about fu­elling a love of lit­er­acy and a pas­sion for read­ing, not only at school but at home.

Mr Mag­ner, I couldn’t agree more.

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