Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

A National Reading Development Strategy ... Where To?

Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

A National Reading Development Strategy ... Where To?

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The editorial for the March 2002 issue of this journal focused on the national unawareness of the importance of introducing children to books and reading before their school years, because they learn more in their first five years then at any other time in their lives. It noted that

   Numerous studies have now shown that children who are read to from an early
   age learn more sounds, extend their vocabularies, imaginations and
   understanding of concepts, and learn to read by themselves more easily--but
   many parents need encouragement and support in providing early learning
   experiences for their child. As South Australian writer and educator Mem
   Fox has stated `reading aloud is the most important tool in literacy
   education' ...

The response from Aplis readers to that editorial suggests that public libraries are becoming more aware of the issue, but too often lack the resources, library management and local authority support to address it well. Hence the first article in this issue of Aplis, which tells the story about what one Australian library and local authority has done. Perhaps even more importantly, it tells of the real success of the UK national reading campaigns since 1992. …

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