Frankston City Libraries invites children up to five years old and their families to sign up for the Mayor’s Reading Challenge. According to Frankston City Mayor Sandra Mayer, the challenge is not only fun, it creates positive outcomes for early literacy.
“Australian research has found that children who are read to six or seven times a week have a literacy level almost a year ahead of children who are not read to at home and are likely to learn more when they start school,” Cr Mayer said. “The Mayor’s Reading Challenge is a great opportunity to read to kids and collect some pretty cool prizes along the way. Everyone who completes the challenge of reading 60 books receives a free book and goes into the draw to win one of three Robinsons Bookshop vouchers.
“We encourage parents to make reading interesting by not only reading children’s books but sharing what you enjoy,” Cr Mayer said. “You could read snippets of your favourite magazine or newspaper out loud, point out road signs or sing nursery rhymes together.”
In its 10th year, the Mayor’s Reading Challenge runs throughout August and participants can register online at the Frankston City Libraries website. After a month of happy reading, children collect a reading rewards pack, including a certificate signed by Cr Mayer. The packs will be available for collection when the library branches reopen.
For more information and to register, go to library.frankston.vic.gov.au or phone 9784 1020.