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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The National Year of Reading touring exhibition, featuring the work of award winning children's author and illustrator Alison Lester, one of the first Australian children's laureates (1) (along with Boori Monty Pryor), opened in Darwin on 1 February at the start of a journey which will take it all around Australia during 2012.
There's a National Year of Reading touring exhibition using the original artwork, which will be accompanied by a competition for under 12s to write a short piece about where they live in Australia or a place they have visited.
Alyx Price, Group PR Director for Scholastic, stated, 'This was a fantastic competition to run during the National Year of Reading and we were really impressed with the imagination and talent that the young people displayed.
Addressing a conference on the event, Delyth Humphreys, Co-ordinator of the National Year of Reading in Wales, said: "2008 was a great celebration of reading in Wales and the Welsh Books Council was delighted to spearhead the campaign that delivered the important message across Wales that reading is a vital skill and an essential component of everyday life.
Delyth Humphreys, co-ordinator of the National Year of Reading in Wales, added: "We are thrilled that the target has been met and that so many events have been held throughout Wales during the year.
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.
The series began last year to mark the National Year of Reading and saw authors talking about their work and giving advice to budding writers.
The pupils had won the early Christmas present of pounds 1,000-worth of books in a national literary competition organised as part of the National Year of Reading in Wales.
Tomos Turtle aged nine, from Abersoch, was one of six finalists from all over the UK and Ireland in the competition to celebrate the National Year of Reading.
Joy Court, the council's National Year of Reading co-ordinator, said: "For me, this is the most exciting time of the competition.
Sheila Naughton, senior information officer for Newcastle Libraries, said: "All sorts of special events have been happening across Newcastle this year celebrating the National Year of Reading.
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