Taking Reading to New Heights

Published 19 May 2021

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The benefits of reading books are now truly universal with this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime space theme taking children’s imaginations to new heights.

Reading from the rocket installation at Burpengary Library, Mayor Peter Flannery joined more than one million children from across the country for the annual event.

“This morning children all across Australia turned the pages together to read Give Me Some Space! by Australian author Philip Bunting,” Mayor Flannery said.

“Today we blasted the benefits of books through the community and had some fun imagining we were astronauts exploring the galaxy.

“Council is proud to once again be part of this long-running event, which is in its 21st year, and share the joys of reading with our youngest residents.

“I’d like to thank our incredible libraries team who share their passion for education through literature every single day.

“Readers are made not born, with passion growing with exposure to books and the opportunities to make lasting memories through reading.

“In fact, research tells us that up to 90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first 5 years.

“This illustrates why it is so incredibly important to immerse children in the language of stories and early literature from birth.

“It’s never too early to start reading, simply sign up your baby for a My First Library Card at any of our 10 Moreton Bay Region Libraries to start their reading journey today.”