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Au­thors will visit schools as part of com­pe­ti­tion to en­cour­age chil­dren to take up read­ing

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

AU­THOR Belinda Mur­rell still gets a thrill out of know­ing she can in­spire a love of books in chil­dren.

“I love see­ing chil­dren read­ing my books and en­joy­ing them,” she says. “One day I saw a boy walk­ing along the pave­ment with his head buried in The Quest for the Sun Gem and he was so en­grossed in the book he nearly bumped into a light­post.

“That was one of the best mo­ments of my life.”

With more than 20 books to her credit, the for­mer jour­nal­ist and pub­lic re­la­tions con­sul­tant is in de­mand by young read­ers tak­ing part in the 2016 Premier’s Read­ing Chal­lenge.

NSW stu­dents can win a visit to their school by au­thors such as Mur­rell by en­ter­ing the Words and Art com­pe­ti­tion be­ing run as part of the chal­lenge.

To en­ter, stu­dents must choose a book from the Premier’s Read­ing Chal­lenge 2016 book list and work on their en­try ei­ther in­di­vid­u­ally or in a group.

There are three cat­ego- ries: Words and Art for Kinder­garten to Year 2; Book Jack­ets and Posters for Years 3 to 6; and Videos and Plays for Years 7 to 9.

En­tries can be lodged on­line at newslo­cal.com.au/ prc but close at 5pm on Fri­day, July 29.

The read­ing chal­lenge 2016 is sup­ported by News-Lo­cal, Dy­mocks Chil­dren’s Char­i­ties, Mi­crosoft, Ac­cen­ture and Avanade.

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.

Chil­dren’s au­thor Belinda Mur­rell with some of her young reader fans. Pic­ture: An­nika En­der­borg

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