Aus­tralia reads to­gether

Kawana kid­dies at na­tional sto­ry­time event:

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Annie Caughey Annie.Caughey@sc­news.com.au

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...

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

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.

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