Australia reads together
Kawana kiddies at national storytime event:
SUNSHINE Coast kids were among hundreds of thousands to “dash” into the country’s largest story time event last week.
At 11am on May 23 children gathered at libraries, schools, daycares and homes to join a mother mouse’s epic quest to find her two sons in the nursery rhyme inspired book, written and illustrated by Australian author Tony Wilson and artist Laura Wood.
In its 18th year, the National Simultaneous Storytime event pulls the focus of an entire nation to the importance of childhood literacy whilst also promoting home-grown writers and publishers.
However, kids at the YMCA University Hospital Daycare were having too much fun to even realise they were learning according to centre director Anita Corney.
“We’ve been working on the rhyme with the children in preparation for the day,” she said. “They absolutely love it.
“Rhymes are so good for children because they are repetitive, it helps them with pronunciation.”
Mrs Corney said the event enlightened the kids by connecting them with other communities all around Australia.
“Knowing there are other children hearing the same story gives them a sense of belonging,” she said.
Pediatrics researcher Dr John Hutton said there are multiple studies that link childhood reading to healthy brain development.
He said in one study researchers found a higher level of brain activation in children whose parents read aloud to them on a regular basis.
SHALL WE BEGIN?: Across the nation familIes and schools will read the same book at 11.00am. To raise awareness the importance of reading is for child development. YMCA SCUH Child Care, educator Alisha Bower, Henry, Sylvie, Erika and educator Tamara...
MOUSING AROUND: All across the nation familes and schools read the same book at 11.00am. Henry and educator Alisha Bower were busy reading on the big day.