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