National Year of Reading

Just a quick note to announce the wonderful news that I’ll be an ambassador for the National Year of Reading!

“What is the NYR?” I hear you ask (if you’ve been living under a rock … or a large pile of books).

The following is from their (awesome) website:

“The National Year of Reading 2012 is about children learning to read and keen readers finding new sources of inspiration. It’s about supporting reading initiatives while respecting the oral tradition of storytelling. It’s about helping people discover and rediscover the magic of books. And most of all, it’s about Australians becoming a nation of readers.

Nearly half our population can’t read with any fluency. It’s a shameful and worrying statistic. We’ve identified three goals which will help us turn Australia into a nation of readers and encourage a reading culture in every home:

  • For all Australians to understand the benefits of reading as a life skill and a catalyst for well-being;
  • To promote a reading culture in every home; and
  • To establish an aspirational goal for families, of parents and caregivers sharing books with their children every day.

Next year will see a whole heap of amazing, fun, reading activities taking place around Australia and online, so people of all ages, from different backgrounds, can discover and rediscover the joy of reading.”

I’m so very thrilled to have been asked to take part in this amazing initiative. Reading has been a source of comfort, escape, solace and constant awe and wonder throughout my life. I am so happy to be able to play a small role in passing on the joy of books to those who might not have yet discovered their magic.

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