Ready, set, READ

Kids who read succeed stickerMy toddler loves books and at only one year-old he already has his favourites (Boom, baby boom boom! gets regular outings) however he’s a bit young yet to read them himself. But how do you know when your littl’un is ready to start tackling the mighty task of reading?

For advice you need look no further than our recently revamped Ready for Reading pack.

In it you’ll find an informative booklet that outlines the important skills your child needs to have in order to start reading, some handy tips on how to get preschoolers interested in books, and suggestions of further resources to help get your child on the road to reading.

Artwork from Storytime Te Wā KōreroThe pack also contains a special bilingual storybook, Storytime Te Wā Kōrero which features a simple story for young readers and gorgeous illustrations with a Christchurch feel. Also included are stickers and a magnet.

And the best bit? The Ready for Reading pack is free to all four-year olds. Just rock up to one of our libraries with your budding reader in tow and claim yours!

Check out these kids at the Ready for Reading launch at Aranui Library this week. Those are some book-keen future readers.

Ready for reading launch at Aranui Library

Ready for Reading

Boy readingI attended an excellent kids’ birthday party last week. But apart from the chips and sausage rolls, and me eating too much, this party had one big difference! Held at Linwood Library, this was also a party to launch Christchurch City Library’s new two-year pilot programme, Ready for Reading.

The programme is aimed at four year olds, and follows on from the successful Books for Babies programme. I know of one four year old already who has been enjoying their pack, which contains a book, a jigsaw and a pamphlet for parents on how they can help with those pre-reading skills. The book is just lovely, and was written and illustrated locally.

It’s great to know that initiatives like these are going ahead thanks to the hard work and good will of those people with a passion for the well-being of our young children.