EARLY START: Children’s book readings are being held at local libraries.
EARLY START: Children’s book readings are being held at local libraries.

Libraries in Book Week mode

LIBRARIES across the Valley will host special readings for children this week to celebrate the announcement of the Children's Book Council book-of-the-year award.

The readings are part of National Book Week which has been given the theme Champions Read.

Come Down, Cat by Sonya Hartnett and That's Not a Daffodil by Elizabeth Honey were among the winners announced on Friday and will be read to children throughout the week.

Research from the Public Libraries of Australia has shown that early brain development is drastically improved if a child is consistently read to from two to four years of age.

Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson encouraged parents and carers to visit Valley libraries and take a look at this year's top Australian children's books with their kids.

"Have a look at what's new and encourage your kids to love books and reading," Cr. Williamson said.

"Let's turn the Valley's children into champion readers."

Parents with pre-school-aged children are encouraged to take their children to the story times listed below.

Yamba Library 10.30am tomorrow; Grafton Library10.30am Thursday and Maclean Library 11am Thursday.

For further information visit crl.nsw.gov.au/.



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