The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

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

The Gold Coast Bul­letin and Aus­tralia Post are en­cour­ag­ing Aus­tralians to Raise a Reader this Jan­uary, with the cam­paign across News Corp news­pa­pers high­light­ing the im­por­tance of lit­er­acy skills.

Chil­dren 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, 7, Calarco are both do­ing their part. Adrian, an avid Lego en­thu­si­ast, will be send­ing his let­ter to Am­ber Nai­smith, as­so­ciate pro­ducer of the Lego film fran­chise. His ques­tion? How was the movie con­structed and how long did it take 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,” said dad Joseph Calarco. “We read to­gether ev­ery night.”

See Fri­day’s paper for de­tails on how to en­ter.


Adrian and Eli Calarco are join­ing in the Raise a Reader cam­paign.

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