RAISE A READER

JOIN OUR CAM­PAIGN:

The Cairns Post - - FRONT PAGE - PATRICK TADROS

PAR­ENTS want their chil­dren to spend more time with their heads stuck be­tween the pages of a book as the bat­tle against screen time reaches new highs.

The Cairns Post and Aus­tralia Post are en­cour­ag­ing Aus­tralian fam­i­lies to “Raise a Reader” this Jan­uary, with the cam­paign across News Corp Aus­tralia news­pa­pers high­light­ing the im­por­tance of build­ing 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.

Ash Mayes, 6, and his older sis­ter Ella, 7, are ex­cited about join­ing in the cam­paign.

Cairns book­seller Ma­ree Giles says read­ing teaches and en­ter­tains young minds, and builds imag­i­na­tion.

“Read­ing is a won­der­ful pas­time; it can be re­lax­ing and in­for­ma­tive and stim­u­lat­ing and broad­ens your hori­zons without hav­ing to move” she said.

From sport­ing he­roes to film stars, Cairns kids are en­cour­aged to think about what they would want to ask the Aussie leg­end of their choice, given the chance.

They can put pen to paper as part of the cam­paign, which aims to set kids up with a solid foun­da­tion for a life­time of read­ing and writ­ing. See Fri­day’s edi­tion of the Cairns Post for de­tails on how to en­ter.

Pic­ture: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

TOP WRIT­ERS: Cairns kids Ash, 6, and Ella, 7, Mayes have been prac­tis­ing their read­ing and writ­ing dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

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