Here I am at Auburn local library, reading my book, ‘HUNGRY MR CROC’ to the children [and mums] who came to listen and partake in the program initiated to encourage reading and literacy in the area.
These kids visited from a local day care and sat down eagerly to listen to stories. I also read Dr Suess’s ‘One Fish Two Fish..’, my favourite book for children of this age.
It was great fun and afterward, the librarians had lots of colouring activities for the kids and even a gift bag with book marks, coloured pencils and activities. They even got a bright red visor, like the one I’m wearing!!!!!! All part of the fun.
I’m eager about any program designed to initiate or encourage reading and visiting libraries.
It doesn’t take much to go to a great library like this with your child and let them roam around to choose a few books, then take those books home and find a few minutes in a quiet place to sit with your child and share an adventure and some fun. Both of you can become acquainted with some new characters and follow their journey through wonderful lands around the world or the make believe world!
A child will rarely forget that mum, dad, a grandparent, a sibling, aunt or uncle had sat with them and read a story to them. It’s a warm memory.
What’s also great is to buy those books the child enjoys reading and they can build a library of their own, filled with the books they love to read and keep.
Any child that asks you to read to them or comes to you with a book in their hand should never be ignored or pushed aside or told ‘later.’
‘Now’ is always the best time. ‘Later’ may be too late.
I’d like to thank the librarian Leonie Jordon, for inviting me to attend Auburn’s ‘Paint Auburn Read’ Reading Day and also Mano, who was warm and welcoming at the library where I read to the children. A lot of organising went into the program and it showed in the thoroughness and fluent flow of the day.