You can take it as read that brothers Adrian and Eli have in­quis­i­tive minds

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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 Townsville Bul­letin 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.

An ex­clu­sive sur­vey of 1000 par­ents and grand­par­ents com­mis­sioned by News Corp Aus­tralia found 86 per cent of re­spon­dents wanted their chil­dren to spend more time read­ing books with more than 88 per cent read­ing to their child at least once a week.

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 Calarco, 8, and Eli, 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,” said dad Joseph Calarco.

“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.”

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

Pic­ture: JUSTIN LLOYD

WRITE AP­PROACH: Adrian Calarco, 8, and Eli, 7, are putting pen to paper for the Raise a Reader cam­paign.

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