First books nurture love of reading
Finn Roberts wants to read as many books as possible.
The four-year-old loves storytime at Wesley Kindergarten and was one of the top achievers in their recent readathon.
And now Finn will be able to read his books at home as well.
Children at Wesley, Owairaka and Morningside kindergartens have each been given a copy of It’s Blowing as part of the Fairfax First Books programme.
The book is the first of four they’ll receive this year.
The Fairfax First Books programme provides more than 4000 children in low decile areas throughout New Zealand a free book each term and the chance to read with their families at home.
Children are also given the top 10 tips for reading to help make sure they succeed.
Massey University professor Tom Nicholson worked with Fairfax Media, publisher of the Auckland City Harbour News, to develop the programme.
“Reading should not be restricted to a school environment,” he says.
“The tips are designed to support parents by encouraging them to build reading into the daily routine at home and expand their child’s enthusiasm for learning.”
Fairfax First books has been running for the past three years.
It aims to reduce the number of children entering school with poor literacy knowledge and reading difficulties.
Fairfax research shows children who miss out on reading experiences at a preschool level are more likely to have difficulty reading at primary school and beyond.
Finn was more than happy to have a new book to add to his collection.
“I like my book and I like to read,” he says.
Story time: Finn Roberts, 4, and his class at Wesley Kindergarten were given free books as part of the Fairfax first books programme.