Books for sum­mer for Close sib­lings


‘‘It helps to pre­vent the 'sum­mer slide' in read­ing which can hap­pen dur­ing the long break ... but­most of all the pro­gramme is fun.’’

Three Kapiti sib­lings did not stop read­ing just be­cause it was hol­i­day time.

Alexis Close, 12 and her broth­ers Cooper, 10 and Ostyn, 7, all par­tic­i­pated in the Kapiti Coast District Coun­cil’s Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gramme over the sum­mer hol­i­days.

The trio read be­tween eight and 12 books dur­ing that pe­riod, de­spite only four be­ing needed to com­plete the pro­gramme.

Par­tic­i­pants re­port in the books they have read, and were re­warded with prizes like movie vouch­ers, beach balls and tote bags.

Alexis said the favourite books she read over sum­mer were by Mor­ris Gleitz­man, while Cooper en­joyed Di­ary of a Wimpy Kid and Ostyn liked Zom­biefied.

Kapiti Coast District Li­braries youth ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor Pam Cole­man said 265 chil­dren par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gramme this year.

‘‘The pro­gramme is de­signed to en­cour­age a love of read­ing and to sus­tain good read­ing habits over the sum­mer hol­i­day break.

‘‘It helps to pre­vent the ‘sum­mer slide’ in read­ing which can hap­pen dur­ing the long break and can help pre­vent chil­dren los­ing some of the achieve­ment gains they made dur­ing the pre­vi­ous school year.

‘‘But most of all the pro­gramme is fun.’’

The pro­gramme wrapped with a fi­nale party at Waikanae Pool last week, where par­tic­i­pants were awarded a book and cer­tifi­cate each.

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