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.
could be the theme book for the National Year of Reading
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
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.
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.
The money - announced by Chancellor Gordon Brown in his budget on Tuesday - comes on top of a pounds 2.4million windfall to mark the National Year of Reading