School’s out for summer! But don’t let the littlies drop their reading over the holidays – continued practice means an easier transition back to the school year next January . . . and what better time to let imaginations run wild with new stories and adventures which can then be acted out in those long summer days?

So much more than “just” reading, a love for stories translates to creative writing, drawing, play-acting, dress-ups, even food ideas and games. One book can provide the passport to a gamut of school holiday fun.

Celebrating a love of libraries and reading, the State Library of Queensland is leading the charge, with their Summer Reading Club designed for kids aged six to 17. With the theme Heroes and Villains, the Summer Reading Club is a free national program encouraging kids to love reading.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch says it is important to keep young minds active over the holidays.

“The Summer Reading Club supports continued literacy development in reading, writing, creative arts and digital technology skills through fun learning activities,” Ms Enoch says.

“Stories have the power to help children develop ideas and imagine what might be possible – exactly what we want for our entrepreneurs of tomorrow.”

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald says the Summer Reading Club is an engaging way for libraries to combat the learning loss often experienced by children over the long summer holiday period.

“The Summer Reading Club helps ignite the learning habit, encouraging children to read for pleasure and create, even while they’re not at school,” she says.

This year’s theme explores a range of genres including myths and legends, speculative fiction, fantasy fiction, and wuxia, a genre of Chinese fiction spotlighting the adventures of martial artists in ancient China.

Participants can blog with Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs and popular children’s author Deborah Abela, search for answers to Encyclopaedia Britannica’s sponsored quiz, craft a ‘what happens next’ story ending to Mick Elliot’s story starter, share book raves and artwork, win prizes, and lots more.

“Summer Reading Club members can also meet 21 new Australian authors and illustrators online, read their helpful creative hints and tips and preview their newly released titles,” Ms McDonald says.

More than 48,000 children registered with the Summer Reading Club in 2015, reading around 333,000 books last summer. To join the Club, register online at summerreadingclub.org.au or visit your local public library or Indigenous Knowledge Centre.

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Courtney Robinson

Courtney Robinson  

Courtney Robinson is a Gold Coast mum, passionate foodie, whole foods recipe creator and personal trainer certified in holistic digestive health and nutrition. Follow @athletist_ or visit athletist.com.au for recipes, workout tips and training hacks.