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Tomorrow Today's Let's Read 2015 winner

Tomorrow Today’s Let’s Read 2015 winner Bonnie sharing a story with her younger sister, Tilly, and mother, Charlotte. They were amongst the many young Benalla readers who turned the pages on over 40,000 stories during last year’s challenge.

It’s official! Benalla families have set a new record reading an amazing 46,235 stories to Benalla’s young children last year during Tomorrow Today’s annual literacy challenge, Let’s Read Benalla.

Reading stories together from an early age develops children’s early language and communication skills and sets them on the path to be successful learners when they reach school.

The Let’s Read Benalla initiative began in 2013 when research showed local families lagged behind Australian averages with regard to reading daily to their children.

Since that time, Tomorrow Today has partnered with education providers and other community organisations to lift the numbers. Challenge kits are distributed throughout Benalla and records kept of each book read during a six month period.

“We wanted to encourage families to share the importance of reading to their children,” Tomorrow Today early years specialist Nonie Daniel said.

What Ms Daniel didn’t expect was to smash the 2015 target with four times the number of books read than initially hoped.

“It didn’t always have to be a different book,” Ms Daniel said. “Family favourites could be enjoyed over and over again.”

The top 30 readers – who read over 11,000 books between them – will each receive a $10 book voucher in recognition of their impressive efforts.

The “Let’s Read” challenge will be held again in 2016, starting in Term 3.  If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to phone Nonie from the Tomorrow Today Foundation on 5762 1211.