Reading challenge set to get underway

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FRANKSTON mayor Sandra Mayer reads to Amelia and Rory. Picture: Supplied

THE mayor’s annual reading challenge kicks off for keen Frankston readers this week.

The challenge is for preschool aged kids. Frankston mayor Sandra Mayer said “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.”

“The Mayor’s Reading Challenge is a great opportunity to read to kids and collect some pretty cool prizes along the way,” she said. “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. You could read snippets of your favourite magazine or newspaper out loud, point out road signs or sing nursery rhymes together.”

The challenge will be launched on 30 July during Frankston Library’s Storytime Facebook live stream. The challenge is in its tenth year.

The Mayor’s Reading Challenge runs through August. For more information and to register, go to library.frankston.vic.gov.au or phone 9784 1020.

First published in the Frankston Times – 27 July 2020

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