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This YouTube video about Jackie French was produced by Australian of the Year Awards in 2015. In this video Jackie shares her love of books and how she wrote her first book at 6 years of age. Jackie is dyslexic and yet has written over 150 books. She is a passionate advocate for raising a reader and in this video says that "reading and stories are the most powerful things you can give to a child" (Jackie French, 2015). You can find out more about Jackie French on her website. To see all the books Jackie French has published visit here.
Be a reader to raise a reader
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As a parent or carer of a child the most powerful thing you can do to encourage them to read is let them see you reading. It doesn't have to be a novel, it might just be the newspaper or a magazine but by modelling the behaviour you desire to see in your child you are encouraging them to do the same.
"Now imagine Astronauts on the Space Station reading stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below.
Imagine no more…it’s Story Time from Space!" (Storytime from Space Website, 2014)
Written by: Mark Kelly| Read by: Scott Kelly | Run Time: 8:07 Minutes
Read to my child website is aimed at children 0 to 5 years of age, however older children may still enjoy listening to some of the stories. It is the ideal place to go if you have just finished reading 5 books to your child and they are still demanding more! The website is easy to navigate and you can even make a request for a certain book to be read. You can watch the YouTube video below which has been produced by Read to my child. In this video Jasmine reads The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland, published by Scholastic Australia.
This article in the Australian Edition of The Guardian encourages parents to let reluctant readers choose what they want to read. Audio books are also suggested to help reluctant readers engage with literature and know that reading is fun.