Cockburn Libraries is supporting the Chief Scientist’s Storytime Pledge, asking people to read a book to a child this holiday season.
While our usual library storytimes take a break over Christmas and January, it’s great to find a bit of time for your own storytime sessions at home. Australian Library & Information Association (ALIA) CEO Sue McKerracher said, “This is a wonderful initiative by our Chief Scientist and makes the point that you can’t have a successful STEM agenda without having children who can read and write. Basic literacy is the essential building block.”
In his article on the ABC website, Dr Finkel wrote:
My challenge to you: As adults, we can all set the example by reading books ourselves. It’s a great start — but it’s not enough. These holidays, I’m challenging all of us to take the next step. Pick up a book and pledge to share it with a special child in your life: a son or daughter, a grandchild, a niece or nephew, the child of a neighbour or family friend. I promise, you’ll be glad that you did.
And you won’t be alone. Behind every great scientist and inventor is a library of wonderful books. I’m sharing recommendations for children’s books and reading pledges from some well-known Australians, including at least one Nobel Laureate. Together, we can open the world of books to the next generation of thinkers, makers and leaders.
And we can be confident that they’ll pick up the pen on an astonishing next chapter for the world
Dr Finkel is challenging everyone to the #StorytimePledge these holidays – taking the time to read to a child. He will read ‘Goodnight Moon’ to his 3yo grand nephew – its lulling rhythms and captivating rhymes can put the crankiest toddler to sleep! What’s your #StorytimePledge? pic.twitter.com/dBZ3VB1Ccc
— Chief Scientist (@ScienceChiefAu) December 13, 2017
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