Choose your own reading adventure this summer

This summer young readers will be dodging danger, outwitting enemies and journeying beyond their wildest imagination with State Library of Queensland’s popular Summer Reading Club.

The Summer Reading Club is a free national literacy program developed by State Library and run online and in more than 1,000 public libraries across Australia.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the Summer Reading Club offered an exciting array of free adventure-inspired creative activities designed to stimulate an ongoing love of reading and literature and spark the library habit.

“From Indiana Jones to Bear Grylls and the Famous Five, adventure has a way of capturing the imagination of young readers,” said Ms Wright. “We’re tapping into that excitement to keep children reading all summer long.”

“Research has shown that children who read for pleasure are often the best readers. The Summer Reading Club promotes a love of books and encourages continued reading over the holiday period,” said Ms Wright.

Last year, nearly 35,000 Australian children joined the Summer Reading Club, and read more than 230,000 books over the summer period.

To join the club, visit your local public library or go online www.summerreadingclub.org.au to play games and competitions where you can win great prizes, read book raves, and to chat with other book lovers.

This year, club members can sample newly released titles of 21 Aussie authors and illustrators, search for answers in the Encyclopaedia Britannica online scavenger hunt,  craft adventuresome endings to a story started by Word Hunters Nick Earls and Terry Whidborne, and Australian National Children’s Laureate Jackie French, and write their own adventure short stories.

Information for parents and carers is also available to help make the most of the summer holidays.
Arts Minister Ian Walker said the State Library was encouraging an early love of reading through innovative programs that tapped into young imaginations.

“We can’t love something if we don’t know about it and by offering our youngest citizens a chance to explore a wide selection of books and authors, the annual Summer Reading Club helps children improve literacy skills,” Mr Walker said.

“The Queensland Government supports programs such as the Summer Reading Club and the recently announced Best Start Queensland: family literacy initiative, a $20 million program to give families the information and tools they need to help children develop early language and literacy.”

The Summer Reading Club is delivered in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association, and public libraries across Australia.

Summer Reading Club
1 December 2014 – 31 January 2015
SummerReadingClub.org.au or at your local public library

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Alexia Saeck, SLQ Communications | alexia.saeck@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3840 7784

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