Reading Is Food For The Brain

Reading Is Food For The Brain

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

WA Children Urged To Dive Into Reading This Summer

Victor P Taffa

Children across Western Australia are being urged to dive into a book this summer and sign up for the State’s most Popular Reading Challenge.

Premier Colin Barnett today launched the Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge which will run through the Christmas school holidays and offers young readers the chance to win prizes including a family trip to Broome.

Premier Barnett said there were many benefits to reading on the holidays.

“More than any other skill, the ability to read well helps children learn about the world, succeed at school, and take their place in our community.” the Premier said.

“Reading also helps children open their minds to a whole range of topics.”



The Mascots for this year’s challenge are animated sea creatures, Finn the fish, Ollie the octopus and Shelly the crab which encourage students to ‘dive into reading’ over summer.

The Premier said nearly 7,000 children took part in the challenge last summer.

“Children can read anything they enjoy that makes them want to read more: books, magazines and comics all count towards completing the challenge.” Premier Barnett said.

Some libraries in WA will host visits from popular children’s book authors as part of the challenge during January.

The Premier said parents could also register to read alongside their children this summer.

Everyone who completes the challenge gets a certificate from the Premier and will go into the draw for a chance to win a family trip to Broome, books, merchandise from the movie Tangled, Itty Bitty book lights, and MP3 players.