‘Book relay’ aims to encourage reading

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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People Place CEO Rilla Beresford, Barney's army Volunteer Annie Faithfull (front) Playgroup WA Development officer Karen Collins and volunteers Jenny Vann Doornum, Margaret Moore and Alison price (back)
Camera IconPeople Place CEO Rilla Beresford, Barney's army Volunteer Annie Faithfull (front) Playgroup WA Development officer Karen Collins and volunteers Jenny Vann Doornum, Margaret Moore and Alison price (back) Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee/Jackson Lavell-Lee

Paint the Town REaD has initiated a national “book relay” which will be launched at the WA State Parliament reception on March 20, with its first stop in Dunsborough on Tuesday.

A single book will travel across five States, through all the communities that support Paint the Town REaD until it reaches its State of origin — New South Wales.

An event will be held on Tuesday at Cornerstone Early Learning Centre in Dunsborough from 9am-10.15am celebrating the start of the book’s journey around Australia with special guests Barney and the Reading Bug.

Playgroup WA development officer Karen Collins said the main message was “reading is fun from day one”, encouraging parents to read to their children during pregnancy and before school. “We’re encouraging the whole community to support this event and early learning,” she said.

“It’s important to read, talk and rhyme with children from the third trimester onward.”

Paint the Cape REaD is supported by champions include Busselton Mayor Grant Henley, South West MLC Adele Farina, Forrest MP Nola Marino and patron Vasse MLA Libby Mettam.

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