Lucy’s Book at the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

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I’d intended to write this up earlier, but my recent trip down to Sydney  ended with a throat infection, which put me out of action for a couple of days. Cheryl Orsini and I had a wonderful day last Friday at the Bennetts Road Public School in Colyton, Sydney, attending the launch of the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge. NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and Education Minister Rob Stokes both attended the launch, and Lucy’s Book was the featured book for the event. Watching children from the school read a giant version of our book to the VIP guests gave both Cheryl and me a tremendous buzz—you can see some of the enlarged pages on the easels in the background of the photo below. The Premier spoke to the children about starting school as a little girl who couldn’t even speak English, and how important reading was to her as a child, not only in helping her with her language skills, but in opening windows onto a wider world. You can watch a video of her speech at the event (and read an interview with me!)  in this Daily Telegraph newspaper article.

 More information about the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge can be found here, and similar challenges are getting underway as I write in other states. Thanks to Yvette Poshoglian and the New South Wales Department of Education for the photos seen here.

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