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Con­test to in­spire read­ing among our youngsters

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

MIKE Baird loved bring­ing the world of Hairy Maclary from Don­ald­son’s Dairy to his chil­dren at bed­time.

With char­ac­ters such as Her­cules Morse and Bitzer Maloney, the books in the se­ries by New Zealand author Dame Lyn­ley Dodd were a favourite in the Baird house­hold.

Like other bed­time read­ing favourites, they helped in­cul­cate a love of read­ing in count­less num­bers of young minds – the goal of the NSW Premier’s Read­ing Chal­lenge, which has been run­ning for 15 years for pupils from Kinder­garten to Year 9.

Those who have reg­is­tered are also el­i­gi­ble to en­ter a com­pe­ti­tion run­ning along­side the chal­lenge, of­fer­ing the prize of an author’s visit to the win­ner’s school.

To en­ter, stu­dents must choose a book from the Premier’s Read­ing Chal­lenge 2016 book list.

They can work on their en­try in­di­vid­u­ally or in a group in one of three cat­e­gories:

■ Words and Art for Kinder­garten to Year 2

■ Book Jack­ets and Posters for Years 3 to 6

■ Videos and Plays for Years 7 to 9.

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

›› The 2016 Read­ing Chal­lenge is sup­ported by NewsLo­cal, Dy­mocks Chil­dren’s Char­i­ties, Mi­crosoft, Ac­cen­ture and Avanade

Ash­leigh Sey­mour, 7, en­joys read­ing her copy of Hairy Maclary.

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