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Kids turning pages for fun

Sue Norris is reading some cool books over the holidays.
Sue Norris is reading some cool books over the holidays. Brenda Strong

THE school holidays are a great time to read for pleasure.

Gladstone City Library young people's librarian Sue Norris said often kids are reading for school or for assignments.

"In the holidays they can catch up on reading without feeling like it's for an assignment.

"Reading for pleasure is a good skill to have," she said.

Libraries in the Gladstone region are taking part in the Summer Reading Club, a nationwide initiative run by the Australian Library and Information Association, State Library of Queensland and Public Libraries Australia.

Kids can join the club online or pop into their local library and register.

Ms Norris said there were a number of children in the region already registered.

The Summer Reading Club - website www.summereadingclub.org.au is a fun site, with games, stories, and children can upload their artwork.

There are different sections for preschoolers, primary and high school age children.

Another feature is that children can leave reviews for books they have read.

"A lot of children like to read something that's been recommended and the book review section is a great way for them to share," she said.

The website also has a bit of an Australian influence with well-known authors Andy Griffiths, Morris Gleitzman and Oliver Phommavanh, pledging their support to the club.

Visit your local library to register to participate in the program and you'll receive a free participation pack and go into the draw to win great prizes.

Or you can join online at: www.summereadingclub.org.au.

Last year the Summer Reading Club attracted more than 5500 participants.

 

ACTIVITIES

No planned activities so make your own fun! Some ideas:

  • Head to the local park or playground with a picnic lunch with any leftovers from Christmas Day
  • Kick a soccer/footy ball around
  • Ride your bike or scooter
  • Head to the local pool or beach
  • Get any big boxes that presents came in and make a cubby house
  • Put the sprinkler on the front lawn and run through it in your swimmers

 

FOR TEENS

Recommended reading for high school age:

  • James Patterson's Maximum Ride series
  • John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series
  • Melina Marchetta's Finnikin series
  • James Moloney's Book of Lies series
  • John Marsden's Tomorrow When the War Began series

 

FOR KIDS

Recommended reading for primary age:

  • Roald Dahl
  • Deborah Abela's Max Remy series
  • Emily Rodda's Rondo series
  • Andy Griffiths' Just series
  • Colin Thompson's Flood family series
  • Carole Wilkinson's Dragonkeeper series
  • Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
  • Morris Gleitzmann's Once series
  • Jackie French's Stories to eat with series.

Topics:  gladstone city library, kids, reading, school holidays



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