Sometimes we forget that reading is an essential skill for everyone. Especially for children. It is the vital foundation of a child's learning and engagement in their school years and for life.
Darwin City Libraries have good program for all ages
Research tells that children who read for at least 10 minutes a day over the summer holidays have a better start to the new school year than children who spend little or no time reading. Reading over the holidays helps children maintain or improve the reading level they developed through the previous school year. Kids who don't read over the holidays can lose their reading skilsl and slide backwards, potentially falling behind when they return to school.
Good books selections for everybody to choose
One of the great events every summer, that help children to enjoy reading again, is Summer Reading Challenge. Every state in Australia has this activity. The Summer Reading challenge will encourage children and young people to discover great authors and illustrators of picture books, junior and young adult fiction and non-fiction. Even better, the Summer Reading Challenge gives every child a chance to win very interesting prizes.
For Summer Reading Challenge 2016/2017, Libraries in Darwin City offer theme BE THE HERO. BE THE VILLAIN. Summer Reading Challenge 2016/2017 begin on 16 December 2016 until 22 January 2017. Children can unleash their imagination, get ready for action and discover heroes, villains, sidekicks and more with the summer school holiday program in libraries in Darwin City. It doesn't mean children only read books with a hero and villain theme. Children can read any kind of book that they like.
To participate in the Summer Reading Club is free and easy. Just pick up a registration form from a library and you will go in the draw to win great prizes. The more you read, the more you win. As an incentive, every child who can finish reading a minimum 20 books will go into the draw to win an Apple iPad. Beside this ultimate prize, children also can collect their prizes, every time they finish reading 5 books, 10 books, 15 books and 20 books.
Children can also participate in the Summer Reading Club online. Lots of activities there, including how to write book reviews and short stories. Children also can submit their art work or pictures, search for answers to Encyclopedia Britannica's sponsored quiz, craft a story ending to Mick Elliot's "What happens nrxt story start" and you can also blog with Leigh Hobbs and Deborah Abela. The good thing is all online competitions also divided by age group, from preschool, primary until secondary school children. To find more about Summer Reading Club online activities, please visit www.summerreadingclub.org.au/theclub.
As a parent, you can be part of this great program by taking your child to the library and help them select books to read during the summer holidays. Your local librarian will also be able to help guide your child to select reading materials that are of interest to them. You can guide and assist your child to navigate through the website and do online activities and read with your children. Help them complete their reading logs!
Log children reading chart by 22 January 2017. Karama Library in Darwin will host Summer Reading Challenge party on 22 January 2017 from 2.30 to 4.00 pm. Online Summer Reading Club will end on 31 January 2017. Happy reading folks!