“Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia.”
ACT Shadow Minister for Education & Training Steve Doszpot has opened Children’s Book Week today as a special guest of The Children’s Book Council of Australia.
“As Shadow Minister for Education, I have visited just about every school in Canberra over the past 5 years – both Government & Non Government,” said Mr Doszpot.
“We all know how important reading is in our community. Each year, many schools and public libraries all over Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians develop activities, offer competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.
“The theme for this year is “Read across the Universe” and I encourage parents and families to make a special effort to be a part of this great activity. Pick up a book with your kids, spend some time with homework, or buy a new book from an Australian author, I ask us all to get involved and reap the rewards,” concluded Mr Doszpot.
Book Week started in 1945 and is celebrating its 68th birthday in 2013.
This year Book Week is from Saturday 17 August to Friday 23 August.