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.
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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.
This 5 minute YouTube video produced by Read To My Child looks at the book The Very Cranky Bear, by Nick Bland. You can watch and listen to other stories like this at Read to my child website.