Reading out loud makes time stand still
Reading stopped clocks at 8255 locations in New Zealand and Australia last week, with one lucky Piako school participating in the initiative to get kids reading out loud.
Children of Tatuanui School were delighted to be one of the many schools, libraries, early childhood centres, bookshops and family homes who took part in the Trans-Tasman event, National Simultaneous Storytime 2018 (NSS) on Wednesday May 23.
Over 85,000 participants, in 8255 locations throughout New Zealand and Australia made a grand total 1,062,230 people simultaneously reading between the two nations.
Each year a book is selected to be the NSS title and Tony Wilson’s story Hickory Dickory Dash was the book of choice for 2018.
Scholastic Waikato-Bay of Plenty Territory Manager Sandie Haddock said she thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to read aloud to over 100 students and staff at Tatuanui School.
Sandie is also the Waikato Literacy Association president and reinforces the importance of spending time to read aloud to children.
It is such a special time to connect, she said.
‘‘Children are born readers in the laps of loved ones and being immersed in literature.’’
As a past teacher, it was one of her most enjoyable times - sharing the love of reading through the class novel or picture books.
This is the first time New Zealand has been involved with this event which is now in its 18th year.
Registered participants received digital copies of the book so it could be presented to larger audiences on big screens.
Tatuanui School’s Ruru students and Scholastic’s Sandie Haddock.