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Kids find treasure in books

Emily AceSouth Western Times
Senior educator Jess Vallelonga and assistant educator Samantha Woodward use bubbles and dancing to celebrate Book Week with Amelie Blount, 3, and Ella Amadio, 2.
Camera IconSenior educator Jess Vallelonga and assistant educator Samantha Woodward use bubbles and dancing to celebrate Book Week with Amelie Blount, 3, and Ella Amadio, 2. Credit: Jon Gellweiler/Bunbury Herald

South West children’s love for reading was nurtured and celebrated during Book Week last week, with readers encouraged to “find your treasure”.

Goodstart Early Learning Eaton had a Book Week parade on Thursday to show off its diverse array of costumes which paid tribute to their favourite characters.

Admin assistant Megan Butcher said Dardanup councillor Janice Dow was one of a number of visitors who came in to read to the students to encourage their love for reading.

“We wanted everyone to dress up as their favourite character today to celebrate the magic of literature and children’s imaginations,” she said.

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Library officers Penny Rackham, Ashliegh Hodges, Jono Dyer, Michael Fraser and Matthew Wearne go all out to celebrate Book Week as their favourite characters.
Camera IconLibrary officers Penny Rackham, Ashliegh Hodges, Jono Dyer, Michael Fraser and Matthew Wearne go all out to celebrate Book Week as their favourite characters. Credit: Emily Ace/Bunbury Herald

“We have lots of kids who come here before they start school, so it gives them a really good basis to continue on with their education.

“All of our educators are dressed up as well and the children love it because they can show off their own individual personalities and celebrate everything fun.”

City of Bunbury Library officer Ashliegh Hodges said staff had organised author Rebecca Laffar-Smith to undertake a South West school tour and hosted a dress-up story time session to celebrate the week.

“It’s so important to encourage kids to read from day dot and right through their lives...so we love seeing kids getting excited about books,” she said.

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