Children’s stories will come to life in Gin Gin next week with businesses and community groups joining in the fun of Book Week by creating colourful and fun displays for people to visit.
The Children’s Book Council of Australia hosts Book Week every year to celebrate Australian children’s authors and illustrators.
This year’s theme is Dreaming with Eyes Open, with celebrations to run from Saturday 20 August to Friday 26 August.
As part of the event, a Paint it REaD Book Week initiative competition will be held in Gin Gin for children aged up to 15 years, challenging them to visit as many displays as possible.
Participants will be tasked with checking out each display to discover a theme, which they can then record on a form and add to the entry box at the Gin Gin Community Hub.
Local businesses and community groups involved include Gin Gin Lifeline, Gin Gin Bowls Club, The Hair Lounge Gin Gin and the Gin Gin Hospital with themes including Dr Seuss, Old MacDonald’s Farm and Harry Potter.
Council’s Community Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Tracey McPhee said it was great to see the whole community getting behind Book Week.
“To see local businesses supporting the development of literacy skills within children is a testament to the close-knit community of Gin Gin,” Cr McPhee said.
“Events like this are a fantastic way for the community to get involved in providing opportunities for the younger generations while encouraging the development of key skills, in this case reading.
“I look forward to seeing the displays that are put together.”
You can find out more about the upcoming book week activities in Gin Gin on the Gin Gin Neighbourhood Facebook page here.
The whole-community approach to Book Week is an initiative of Paint Gin Gin REaD, supported by the Gin Gin Early Years Network to increase the early literacy levels of children in the Gin Gin area.
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