Time to switch from screen to story time

The Advertiser - - NEWS - PATRICK TADROS SEE FRI­DAY’S EDI­TION OF FOR DE­TAILS ON HOW TO EN­TER.

PAR­ENTS want their chil­dren to spend more time with the heads stuck in a book as the bat­tle against screen time con­tin­ues to be fought.

The Ad­ver­tiser and Aus­tralia Post are en­cour­ag­ing Aus­tralians to “Raise a Reader” this Jan­uary, with the cam­paign across News Corp Aus­tralia news­pa­pers high­light­ing the im­por­tance of lit­er­acy skills among chil­dren.

As part of the cam­paign, chil­dren across Aus­tralia will be asked to write a let­ter to an Aus­tralian leg­end of their choice with the chance to win prizes from Aus­tralia Post and News Corp Aus­tralia.

Brothers Adrian, 8, and Eli, Calarco, 7, are both do­ing their part in the cause for im­proved lit­er­acy.

Adrian, an avid Lego lover, builder and col­lec­tor, will be send­ing his let­ter to Am­ber Nai­smith, as­so­ciate pro­ducer of the Lego film fran­chise.

His ques­tion? How the movie was con­structed and how long it took to cre­ate.

Eli will write to sports star Tim Cahill, cu­ri­ous to know how old the pro foot­baller was when he be­gan play­ing, how of­ten he prac­tised, and which tro­phy he prizes most.

“I think it’s far bet­ter for their ed­u­ca­tion and de­vel­op­ment to be read­ing and writ­ing rather than us­ing their de­vices,” dad Joseph Calarco said. “We read to­gether ev­ery night – it’s pos­i­tive fam­ily time for us. We’ve seen how it has given them great imag­i­na­tions. It opens up new worlds.”

Pic­ture: JUSTIN LLOYD

WRIT­ING TO MY HERO: Eli Calarco, 7, will write to sports star Tim Cahill to ask a se­ries of ques­tions, in­clud­ing how old he was when he be­gan play­ing.

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