Sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week is the message behind The Reading Hour.
It’s not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children, but if you can manage 10 minutes most nights, your child will have the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that brings.
Margaret Allen, chair of the National Year of Reading founders and State Library of WA, explains:
“The Reading Hour itself is for everyone and there will be activities for all age groups, but there will be a special message for families. The phrase ’10 minutes a day, an hour a week’ is our ‘slip, slop, slap’. It’s the take away message that we hope will become the accepted norm… Most of our brain development happens between birth and three years of age, so it’s not enough to assume that children will learn to read when they get to school. Parents need to share stories and rhymes right from day one – and a good way of finding out more is to join storytimes, rhymetimes, baby bounce and toddler sessions at your local library.”
The Reading Hour is for everyone and there will be events and activities for all age groups. The Reading Hour for 2015 is nominally 6pm to 7pm on Tuesday, 18 August, but events will be happening all day.
Visit your local library, bookstores or the Libraries of SA website to find out what events and activities are taking place, or check out the Love2Read events calendar here.
For further information and all enquiries please visit the Love2Read website.
What: The Reading Hour 2015
When: Tuesday 18 August 2015 | 6pm – 7pm
Where: Anywhere & Everywhere!
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