MOORDITJ Noongar Community College, Middle Swan are set to receive a literacy boost thanks to the Books for Kids campaign.
During Books for Kids week, which finishes on Sunday, August 12, Dymocks stores across the country will donate $1 from every children’s book people buy to Dymocks Children’s Charities specialist literacy programs.
Dymocks Ellenbrook has chosen the Middle Swan college as the beneficiary of a Library Regeneration and Dymocks Children’s Charities will double the value of funds raised by Dymocks Ellenbrook in brand new books for the school library.
Dymocks Children’s Charities Library Regeneration program provides a wide range of high quality books chosen by the students and teachers.
The program aims to improve the students’ literacy skills by offering a wide range of stories and promoting daily reading for pleasure.
This week Moorditj Noongar Community College students posed with their favourite books.
Year 3 student Alyssa McGlade chose I am Australian Too written by Mem Fox, Year 3 student Rollick Dimer picked Pig Star written by Aaron Blabey and Year 2 student Janine Thompson selected Busting also written by Aaron Blabey.
Dymocks Ellenbrook franchise owner Liz Dunne said reading was an essential life skill.
“We’re proud to work with Dymocks Children’s Charities to provide Moorditj Noongar Community College with new and engaging books for their students,’’ she said.
“Reading a good book is one of life’s great pleasures and our customers love nothing more than buying books for their kids.
“During Books for Kids week they can help share the life changing impact of books with kids who need it most.
“We’re encouraging all our customers and community to get involved.”
Dymocks Children’s Charities general manager Paul Swain said there was a strong correlation between school library budgets and literacy levels both in Australia and in libraries worldwide.
“Unfortunately, research shows that most Australian school library budgets have either remained unchanged or declined in recent years,’’ he said.
“This means that old books aren’t being replaced and children don’t have access to new releases which keep them motivated as readers.
“Children who engage with a wide range of quality books from an early age have much better literacy outcomes.”
Mr Swain said high quality books were often unavailable at home so schools were relied on to provide them.
“One of DCC’s main priorities is to improve the resourcing of school libraries in lower socio-economic areas to help improve literacy levels.
“Library Regeneration helps reduce any gaps between children by giving access to all.
“We know that frequent readers become life-long learners and that’s why Library Regeneration is so vital,” he said.
Ensuring that all Australian children reach an appropriate level of literacy remains one of Australia’s greatest challenges. Love Your Bookshop Day is Saturday, August 11.