One of the most lovely events being held during the National Year of Reading is The Reading Hour. The following is from The Reading Hour website:
“Sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week is our aim for The Reading Hour on the 25 August 2012. We know it’s not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children, but if you can manage 10 minutes most nights, your child will have the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that brings. Most of our brain development happens between birth and three years of age, so it’s not enough to assume that your children will learn to read when they get to school. Parents need to share stories and rhymes right from day one – and a good way of finding out more is to join storytimes, rhymetimes, baby bounce and toddler sessions at your local library.
The Reading Hour is for everyone and there will be events and activities for all age groups.”
The Reading Hour will be held between 6pm and 7pm on Saturday the 25th of August. This is from the Linc Tasmania website:
“Keep 6-7pm on Saturday 25 August free to settle down for an hour of reading with your kids, family, friends… or just you and the dog! The Reading Hour is the National Year of Reading’s call to action to encourage families to read with their children for just 10 minutes a day, one hour a week.”
Libraries around the country are producing booklists to help you pick some great books for yourself or to read with your kids, and your local librarian or bookseller will also be more than happy to help you choose a read your child will love.
Books were a huge part of my upbringing. I was read to every day and now I read to my little Tiger, even though at the moment she’s much more interested in the shadows on the walls than looking at the pictures! She loves the funny voices I put on and giggles and coos and, in time, she’ll actually be playing I Spy as I read Each Peach Pear Plum, instead of trying to eat her foot. I’ll definitely be taking part in The Reading Hour. It’s a wonderful idea and I encourage all of you with little ones (or even not so little – dammit, make that teenager of yours bring their John Greens and Cassandra Clares out of the bedroom to read with you), to take part.