Gladstone schools take up Premier's Reading Challenge
ABOUT 10 Gladstone region schools are expected to take up the challenge to overcome childhood literacy problems.
Premier Campbell Newman will send a signed certificate of recognition to every child who completes the challenge of recording every book they read over the next three months in a competition that begins today .
To participate in the Premier's Reading Challenge, children need to record all books they read from Tuesday to September 5.
Clinton State School is one of 10 schools in the Gladstone region expected to participate.
Librarian Tracey Dunnett said she was excited about the competition.
"By having little incentives and competitions, it encourages (the students) to have a go," she said.
Ms Dunnett said her school had a range of competitions it participated in, and strategies to help children maintain a love of books and reading.
"We tell them: there are 10,000 books in this library. There is definitely something here for you."
She said children at Clinton State School were very enthusiastic about reading.
"To see grades five, six and seven kids sitting there for hours fascinated by an encyclopedia, it's reassuring.
"The traditional ways of finding information are still relevant and interesting to children," she said.
Clinton State School student Anna Duggan, 7, aims to read at least 30 books over three months for the Premier's Reading Challenge.
Anna loves having stories read to her before bed time every night.
"Daddy reads to me every day except on Nerd Nights when he goes out with his friends, and some other nights," she said.
"Sometimes after dad reads to me I want more stories so I read one on my own," said Anna.
"My favourite is the Snuggle Bunny puppet book. It's a Lets-Get-Ready-For-Bedtime book."
Anna said she really wanted to get a certificate from the Premier, because her brother Jake has been awarded certificates before.
"My brother has read at least 50 (books) because he's really fast," she said.
"He's already read Narnia and The Hobbit and other books that are really long."
Twelve-year-old Clinton State School student Mitchell Porteous said he couldn't wait until he gets a certificate.
"I'll get bragging rights too," he said.
Premier Newman and Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek launched the challenge which attracts more than 100,000 participants annually.
2013 Premier's Reading Challenge participants:
- Gladstone Central State School
- Gladstone West State School
- Faith Baptist Christian School (Gladstone)
- Kin Kora State School
- St Francis Catholic Primary School
- St Stephens Lutheran College
- Trinity College
- Yarwun State School
- Ambrose State School
- Calliope State School