Australia’s official Reading
Hour is over for another year, but I hope that the practice of reading to your
child will continue throughout homes across the country, and the world, every
I loved reading with a
great bunch of kids at Mornington Library. They were insatiable and I soon worked through the stack of picture books I'd picked up after reading The Princess and her Panther. By then we'd collected some older kids too, so I read the first 5 chapters of Ark in the Park.
I think they would have happily gone listening on for another hour if the librarian hadn’t
thought my voice needed rescuing!
Since then I’ve been
enjoying this wonderful hamper of treats – but the real treat was an email I
received a couple of days after the event. It truly encapsulates what the Reading Hour, and the whole Love2Read
campaign, is all about. Because the best thing is that once a kid finds a book
that hooks them into reading, they’re hooked for life.
So here’s part of what
a mother wrote to me:
I thought you
might like to know too that my seven year old also really enjoyed Ark in the
Park. He has found learning to read a fairly major challenge in his life, but
he's a determined small boy, and you inadvertently left him with a big
challenge when you only read part of the book!
We borrowed the
book from the library with me expecting to read the rest to him but he's
decided to read it himself instead! He's only reading at about level 10 (a
sentence or two to a page) at school but he's been reading Ark in the Park by
stopping and spelling out each word he doesn't know (quite a lot of them!) and
asking constantly 'what does this say'? as he goes along. Amazingly he's up to
chapter 8, and still ploughing through it, one word at a time. He's obviously
pretty determined to find out what happens in between where you left off and
the last line that you read!
As they say - it often takes a village to raise a child - just
thought it might be nice for you to know how your story has made a difference
to one small boy!
Labels: Ark in the Park, children's literature, getting kids reading, hooking kids into reading, Love2Read, Reading Hour