National Year of Reading 2012 – get involved!

When I first heard about the National Year of Reading initiative organised for 2012, I was ecstatic. Literacy is dear to my heart and is a major reason I review and blog on children’s books for both Kids’ Book Capers and Kids Book Review.

When I first friended and partnered Kids Book Review with NYR12 last year, I never dreamed I would be asked to become an NYR ambassador for the ACT. It was one of the proudest moments of my life as an author and I’m looking forward to a year of promotional events, espousing the importance of literacy, not only for children, but adults, too.

Led by Australian public libraries, the National Year of Reading 2012 is about people discovering and rediscovering the magic of books and stories. Libraries around the nation are heavily involved, as are school, special and other libraries, and partners in the book trade. You can see NYR12’s friends – including KBC blogger Dee White – here. Check out the partners here (there’s loads!), and the ambassadors here.

I’ll be posting on many of the events at both KBR and right here on Kids’ Book Capers, and in the meantime, have you thought about becoming involved? It’s so easy to do.

Throughout 2012, there will be a wash of fabulous events and initiatives around the country, for both adults and children, including The Reading Hour, writers in residence, the Creative Reading Prize, the Festival of Indigenous Reading, Writing and Storytelling in Darwin and the It’s Never too Late to Learn to Read initiative (see my highly commended short story for this adult initiative here).

Keep an eye on an event near you by checking out the NYR12 website. There’s also a frequently-updated events calendar on the right hand site of the site . . . I hope to see you at one of these fabulous events! With 46 per cent of Australians struggling to read, NYR12 is a timely initiative. Get involved!


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Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is an author of children's books and adult non-fiction. Recent books include Riley and the Grumpy Wombat: A journey around Melbourne, and Australian Story: An Illustrated Timeline. She's also an editor, publisher and founder of Kids Book Review.