National Year of Reading


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National Year of Reading

A strand of the National Literacy Strategy begun in 1998, which aims to transform attitudes toward reading in an effort to raise literacy standards across the UK.
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There was enormous support for the National Year of Reading from the media, VIPs, celebrities and all three levels of government, with the prime minister, the federal arts minister and school education minister, premiers, state and territory arts and education ministers, federal and state/territory MPs, lord mayors, mayors and local government councillors all attending campaign launch events throughout Australia.
The National Year of Reading 2012 is about children learning to read and keen readers finding new sources of inspiration.
We are very pleased indeed with the outcomes of the National Year of Reading and delighted to see so many organisations working together to ensure that the good work continues in the future.
Janice was presented with her award by the Prime Minister's wife Sarah at a special ceremony that took place to mark the culmination of The National Year of Reading.
The Welsh Assembly Government designated 2008 as the National Year of Reading in Wales and events highlighting the importance of reading and literacy were organised across the country.
Delyth Humphreys, National Year of Reading Co-ordinator at the Welsh Books Council, said: "This is a wonderful way to captivate the minds of young people and show them the joys and importance of reading.
The Welsh Assembly Government designated 2008 as the National Year of Reading in Wales to highlight the importance of reading and literacy among the people of Wales.
It's all in support of the 2008 National Year of Reading and the judging panel includes children's author Tony Bradman, Geri Halliwell and Nickelodeon UK managing director Howard Litton.
The survey - by organisers of the National Year of Reading - found that traditional tales were on the way out, with more children opting for laugh out loud stories over bedtime "classics".
Merry Hill's Reading Rocks campaign, which ties in with the 2008 National Year of Reading, was launched earlier this month by children's characters Harry Potter and Professor Dumbledore and forms part of the centre's commitment to improving literacy within the community.
Schools Resources Officer Carolyn Rimmington said: "It gets bigger and better each year and is a wonderful way to start the celebrations for The National Year of Reading.
Ministers hope Maths Year 2000 will be as successful as the current National Year Of Reading, which has seen parents request a million pamphlets on how to improve their children's literacy skills.
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