STORY SHARED: Belinda O’Brien reading her new book, The Monsters Inside, to children at the Early Learning Centre Norman Gardens, before they were presented with their Queensland Premier’s Reading Challenge certificates.
STORY SHARED: Belinda O’Brien reading her new book, The Monsters Inside, to children at the Early Learning Centre Norman Gardens, before they were presented with their Queensland Premier’s Reading Challenge certificates. Contributed

Kindy kids relish reading challenge

FOR the first time, kindy kids were able to take part in the Queensland Premier's Reading Challenge this year.

And last month pupils at Early Learning Centre Norman Gardens received certificates for their participation in the event.

Preschool teacher Natalya Bryan said it was important to engage children with reading books to draw them away from the television and iPad stories.

She said they spent a whole week reading books together while they also read with families at home.

"We read 20 books in a week in the class," Ms Bryan said.

"One student also ready 14 books at home."

To celebrate, they invited local children's book author Belinda O'Brien along to read to students, and present the certificates.

Families came along and enjoyed the reading and presentation too.

Ms O'Brien had previously worked with the students, getting them to write their own stories, so they thoroughly enjoyed hearing her read her new book, The Monsters Inside.

"This was a great first time in running the Queensland Premier's Reading Challenge for us," Ms Bryan said.



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