Mr McGrath encourages kids to read over the summer break

Member for South Perth John McGrath MLA said, “I welcome the start of the annual Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge is aimed to get children to read for 10 to 15 hours – depending on age – during the six-week school holiday break.

“Parents are urged to read to their children even when they are reading independently, as this broadens their children’s vocabulary and introduces them to sophisticated language structures.

“Most of all, reading with your children is a fun and rewarding activity that gives children an enormous boost in literacy development.”

The main aim of the Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge is for children to read for pleasure, as we know reading is critical for developing fluency, broadening vocabulary and assisting comprehension.

Mr McGrath said participants would receive a signed certificate from the Premier and enter the draw to win a family trip to Broome, books and other prizes.

More information is available at http://www.det.wa.edu.au/readingchallenge or contact John McGrath’s office on 9368 6270.

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