Cockburn Libraries is supporting the Chief Scientist’s Storytime Pledge, asking people to read a book to a child this holiday season.

As part of his #StorytimePledge campaign launched yesterday, Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel has challenged everyone to share a great book with a special child over the summer holidays.

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.”

take the storytime pledge. read to a child over Christmas

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