In its seventh year, the Mayors Reading Challenge supports early literacy development by challenging parents and carers to engage in regular reading experiences with their child or children in a fun and rewarding way.
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 that they will learn more when they start school.
Reading experiences can be as varied as reading a book together, singing a rhyme, pointing out signs and names of objects or reading snippets to your child from your favourite magazine, newspaper or book that you are reading.
The challenge is open to children aged 0 to 5 years of age. It runs during August 2017 to tie in with the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year celebration.
Participants can register at all Frankston City Libraries branches. Children and parents collect prizes for every 20 reading experiences. After a month of happy reading, participants collect a reading rewards pack, including a certificate signed by The Mayor.
The annual Mayor’s Reading Challenge kicks off on 31 July. To celebrate, Frankston City Mayor Cr Brian Cunial will host a ‘Special Storytime’ event at Frankston Library at 10.30am.