Instead though, I want to focus on something that is very exciting. This year in Australia is the ....
Sounds cool right?
There are a number of celebrities including sports people, politicians and authors who have been appointed as ambassadors to helps spread the word about reading.
The aims of National Year of Reading are (from the website):
The National Year of Reading 2012 is about children learning to read and keen readers finding new sources of inspiration. It's about supporting reading initiatives while respecting the oral tradition of storytelling. It's about helping people discover and rediscover the magic of books. And most of all, it's about Australians becoming a nation of readers.In addition, the organisation behind the National Year of Reading are raising funds for two very good causes - the Indigenous Literacy Foundation which aims to promote literacy to indigenous people in Australia, and the Pyjama Foundation which is actually a new organisation to me that aims to provide volunteers to read to children in care every day.
Nearly half our population can't read with any fluency. It's a shameful and worrying statistic. We've identified three goals which will help us turn Australia into a nation of readers and encourage a reading culture in every home:
- For all Australians to understand the benefits of reading as a life skill and a catalyst for well-being;
- To promote a reading culture in every home; and
- To establish an aspirational goal for families, of parents and caregivers sharing books with their children every day.
Next year will see a whole heap of amazing, fun, reading activities taking place around Australia and online, so people of all ages, from different backgrounds, can discover and rediscover the joy of reading.
There are lots of activities that are going to take place during the year. So far, there has been a popular vote for the books that represent each state.
There's lots happening, and it is very exciting to see what happens next with this great opportunity to promote the value of reading here in Australia.
The last couple of weeks I have forgotten to add the details of what I am currently reading and what's up next!
Olivia and Jai by Rebecca Ryman (set in colonial India) and Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh (for my romance book club).
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon.