Happy International Literacy Day!!

September 8, 2020 at 2:47 pm | Posted in children's education, children's literacy, Room to Read | Leave a comment
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Hello my friends, today is International Literacy Day! Here’s what my wonderful friends at Room to Read have to say:

Books are the gifts that never stop giving: to our minds, our hearts and our souls. They make us informed, wise, creative and above all, happy! They are the keys to a wonderful future. But some children – especially girls – never learn to read, and this can only lead to a tragic outcome. Not just for the children themselves (and for them, being unable to read means that they will never be able to lead a happy or successful life), but also for all of us. For we can only have a peaceful, stable, healthy world when everyone holds the keys to happiness and success.

So how to achieve this? It’s easy! Just click here with Mum or Dad to read more about the hugely important work of RoomtoRead, for which I am very honoured to be a Writer Ambassador. And please give as much as you can afford on this wonderful International Literacy Day.

So what are you up to these holidays?

July 11, 2019 at 1:00 pm | Posted in children's education, children's literacy, Favourite kids' books | Leave a comment
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It’s the summer holidays at last! YAY!!!! (Or the winter break if you’re down south of the Equator of course :)). School’s out, you’ve got time on your hands…so what are you up to?

Personally, I’m reading lots and lots of BOOKS! And not just because it’s my favourite way of passing the time! But also because BOOKS ARE BRILLIANT FOR YOUR BRAIN!

The latest scientific research shows that reading lots of books gives you:

  • a HUGE VOCABULARY
  • HUGE GENERAL KNOWLEDGE
  • GREAT WRITING STYLE
  • FANTASTIC FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION
  • BRILLIANT STRESS RELIEF
  • a SUPERB IMAGINATION
  • EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINALITY, CREATIVITY and IDEAS (so you can save the world!)
  • GREAT COMPASSION FOR OTHERS
  • not to mention THE BEST SCHOOL RESULTS (when you get back to school!)

If you don’t believe me, get Mum and Dad to take a look here at my talk to some Australian librarians last year – which sets out all the science they need to read!

So what are you waiting for! Put down that electronic tablet/gaming device/lap top (which only makes you good at playing games and manipulating a mouse) and pick up a fabulous BOOK!

And if you’ve read all your books, it’s time to go to your favourite library or bookshop to get some more! You can tell your Mum and Dad from me that it’s the best investment they’ll ever make for you!

HOORAY FOR BOOKS!

Making the world a kinder, safer place

March 19, 2019 at 2:41 pm | Posted in children's education, girls' education, Room to Read | Leave a comment
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We all want the world to be a kinder, safer place. And the most effective, most permanent way to achieve that is bringing literacy and education to children. That’s why I’m so proud of being a Writer Ambassador for Room to Read.

Just take a look at the fantastic 2018, Room to Read Year in Review and 2019, Room to Read global fact sheet ! You’ll see just how effective Room to Read has been in lifting children, especially girls, out of illiteracy and into a world of opportunity and possibilities by the end of 2018 – which means that we will all be happier and safer in the future!

If you’re a kid reading this post, please show it to your Mum and Dad. And if you’re a Mum or Dad, please take a look here to find out what you and your family can do to help this fundamentally important cause.

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