Pass on love of books

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Par­ents are be­ing en­cour­aged to take up the chal­lenge of read­ing more books with their chil­dren to in­spire a love of read­ing.

Thou­sands of fam­i­lies are ex­pected to take part in this year’s Premier’s Read­ing Chal­lenge for the early years, which en­cour­ages read­ing to ba­bies, tod­dlers and pre-school­ers.

Par­ents, grand­par­ents, car­ers, child­care cen­tres and kinder­gartens can help chil­dren com­plete the chal­lenge by read­ing 40 books with them be­fore Septem­ber.

Trikki Kidz Co­bram’s Trudy Brooks said the chal­lenge was some­thing the early learn­ing group would en­cour­age.

‘‘It will cer­tainly be some­thing we will pro­mote to fam­i­lies to reg­is­ter for, but it will be a very in­di­vid­ual thing for them to take up. We have had many fam­i­lies par­tic­i­pate in the past,’’ Mrs Brooks said.

‘‘We of­fer a free li­brary of books in a bas­ket in our foyer. We in­vite chil­dren to bor­row them and re­turn them when fin­ished.

‘‘We are for­tu­nate to al­ways have an ex­cel­lent sup­ply of preloved books in fab­u­lous con­di­tion cour­tesy ed­u­ca­tors and shops.’’

Re­search shows reg­u­lar read­ing with chil­dren from the day they are born is a sim­ple way to boost lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy skills and im­prove per­for­mance of fam­i­lies, lo­cal thrift at school and fu­ture job prospects.

More than 8000 chil­dren and fam­i­lies took part last year.

The chal­lenge will be ac­com­pa­nied by a dig­i­tal cam­paign pro­mot­ing the ben­e­fits of books for young chil­dren, in­clud­ing in­ter­views with au­thors and ideas on great books to share with young­sters.

Fam­i­lies can reg­is­ter on­line for the Premier’s Read­ing Chal­lenge at for the Early Years. Visit ed­u­ca­tion.vic.gov.au/prc or your lo­cal early child­hood ser­vice.

Cru­cial learn­ing: Thou­sands of fam­i­lies are ex­pected to take part in this year’s Premier’s Read­ing Chal­lenge for the early years.

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