Dig into books
Contest to inspire reading among our youngsters
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.