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Sunday 24 February 2013

The Other Heroes – the Reading Heroes

On Friday, the bookshop held the launch of Poppy Gee’s Bay of Fires (Headline).  In her comments in the back of the novel and also in the words written on the night, she thanked a number of people, but especially those teachers who helped her discover her love of stories. 

In March, Reading Hero Justin D’Ath will come to Launceston to launch his new Lost World Circus series. The launch is being organised by a young reader – the same young man who organised the launch of Devil Danger in 2009.  Justin, who is paying his own way to Launceston, has been corresponding with this reader and many others over the years – encouraging them in both their reading and their own creative writing.  

The library in Louisville in USA gives a sign to put in their garden to every child who participates in the reading program.  The sign reads “A reading champion lives here”.   The person who instigated that is a Reading Hero.

In the current issue of Reading Time (Vol 57 No1) on pages 12-13 & 36, we see some current Reading Heroes – the Judges for the 2013 CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

Walker Books have created a website www.heroesofreading.com.au where they wish to celebrate anyone who has inspired children to read.  Go ahead, write a blog; thank your reading hero.

Nella Pickup

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