National Year of Reading

The National Year of Reading

 This is an exciting year for Australia because it is our first ever National Year of Reading!

The National Year of Reading 2012 is about children learning to read and keen readers finding new sources of inspiration. It’s about supporting and celebrating all the wonderful ways we read and enjoy books.  It’s about helping people discover and rediscover the magic of books. And most of all, it’s about Australians becoming a nation of readers.

All over Australia, public and school libraries, book shops, book publishers, book sellers, authors and illustrators will be involved in lots of amazing, fun, reading activities taking place around Australia and online, so people of all ages, from different backgrounds, can discover and rediscover the joy of reading.

We will be doing lots of fun activities to celebrate books and reading at our school too…stay tuned!

 Reading is fun…

If you didn’t think reading was fun then think again…

When is reading fun for you?

 What makes you laugh when you read?


The joy of books…

I don’t know about you, but I often wonder what our books and book character toys get up to in the LRC at night when nobody else is around.  This video about a bookshop at night definitely makes me wonder…

What do you think happens in our LRC at night?


Book Dominoes

I wonder if we should try this in the LRC??


Five Elements of a Story

“Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,

Setting, yes these are the 5 things

That you’re going to be needing

When you’re reading or writing

A short story that’s mad exciting.”

Do you think about these 5 things when you’re reading or writing a story?

Barney Reading

Elly’s dog Barney is enjoying reading about himself…










Who said dogs can’t read? 



Organising the bookcase

How do you like to organise your book case?  Alphabetical order, by colour, favourites or just any old way?

Dexter Reading

This is Raff’s 5 month old kitten deciding on a book to read…









It looks like Dexter might share Raff’s love of Andy Griffiths books!  Let’s hope Dexter doesn’t decide to read the Geronimo Stilton book….


Catch the Reading Bug

Have you caught the Reading Bug yet?


It’s a Book – By Lane Smith

I still prefer to read a book with pages – do you?


Press Here by Herve Tullet

This book is simple but SO much fun to read!


Book People Unite!

Are you a Book Person? How many book characters do you know?


 Read This – Sculpture

What sculpture would you create for your favourite book?


 Memories of Dewey Readmore Books

Have you read Dewey’s story yet?

Reading Gives You Super Powers


Do you agree with this?

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42 thoughts on “National Year of Reading

  1. Hi Miss Y,

    I just showed my mum and dad the video of that little girl and let me tell you my dad laughed his socks off!

    From Stephanie T 😀

  2. Hi Daniel

    It’s a smart baby because it’s already learning that reading is fun!

    Babies and toddlers learn so much from watching what we do….

    Miss Y 🙂

  3. Hi Stephanie

    I really don’t think you could watch this video had not have a laugh. The baby’s laughter is infectious! Good on you for showing it to your mum and dad and I’m glad your dad laughed his socks off!

    Miss Y 🙂

  4. I love the baby reading. I have seen my nephew read like this to his little brother who listens like there is a reallly interesting story going on. As long as the pages keep turning and the noise keeps coming out all is good. Brilliant!

    I always thought that when Miss Yeomans was in the LRC it was like that. Heaven knows what the LRC gets up to when she has gone. It probably has a rest.

    Cheers Mrs Scully

  5. Hi Miss Y,
    That baby is so funny! And the “Joy of reading” video would have taken ages to make. Thanks for putting up those videos!

  6. Hi Nicholas

    It must have taken hours moving the books on the shelves as well as all the other objects that had to be moved. The people who made the “Joy of Reading” must be VERY patient!

    I’m glad to hear you have enjoyed both of the videos.

    Miss Y 🙂

  7. Hi Annabel

    Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you love the baby video. I love to see the baby laughing and enjoying “reading” so much.

    Miss Y 🙂

  8. Hi Faith

    By being a copy cat, the baby is learning how to read.

    I think this has been a VERY popular video at our school!

    Miss Y 🙂

  9. Thankyou for putting my kitten on the blog 🙂
    He also doesn’t know that you have to eat a book with your eyes, he nibbles books!

  10. Hi Raff

    Thank you for emailing me your photo of Dexter!

    I hope you keep a close eye on Dexter because I don’t think you would be very happy if he nibbled on your brand new copy of “Just Doomed”! (Dexter might be “doomed”!!)

    Miss Y 🙂

  11. Hi Miss Y
    Mice would be doomed if Dexter read Geronimo Stilton.
    He would be doomed if he nibbled Just Doomed!! 🙂

  12. Hey Miss Y,
    I just wanted to say that i have already finished Hugo, it took me about 3 hours. I really liked it and will probably read it again before we get back to school! Just thought you might be interested to know and I thought this part of the blog would suit it best!!!

    Have a good holiday,
    <3 Alice

    🙂 🙂

  13. Hi Alice

    Wow, that was fast!

    “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” is definitely a book you can read many times and find something new each time. The illustrations have so much detail for you to pour over.

    I’m going to read Brian Selznick’s latest book “Wonderstruck” over the break.

    Enjoy your holiday at Echuca!

    Miss Y 🙂

  14. Hi Miss Y

    Some of those are really funny and the book dominoes is amazing!

  15. To Miss Y,
    Those videos were very funny especially “It’s a book” because the donkey thought the book was a laptop but he ended up loving the book.

    By Josh 🙂

  16. Hi Miss Yeomans,
    It’s my first time looking at Joshua’s LRC blog. I think it’s amazing especially all the great videos. My favourite video is the gorgeous baby trying to read “Very funny”

    Thanks Sonia 😉

  17. Hi Josh

    It’s a great book trailer isn’t it!

    I have my own copy of “It’s a Book” – I love it! We might use technology a lot, but there is still nothing like reading a book…

    Miss Y 😀

  18. Hi Sonia

    It’s great to have you visit our LRC blog and we hope you become a regular visitor.

    The video of the baby reading has been a big hit with the students at SMOT! I wonder if Josh or Levi did something similar when they were little. They are both certainly Reading Champions these days!

    Miss Y 🙂

  19. WOW, Miss Y!
    This page is awesome full of videos and everything!
    I loved the video of the baby reading it was so funny and so like my cousins Skye and Summer! I even got Coco my kitten reading The Cat in the hat! Her favourite character is the fish and tries to eat the pages its on!!! Hope you put much more funny and awesome stuff on the blog,
    From Lili:)

  20. I love the book ‘ITS A BOOK’ even though it is really easy to read it is really funny!

  21. Hi Lili

    I enjoy finding videos and pictures for this page that will encourage people to read!

    Did you know that there are Apps for cats? There’s one that has fish and I’ve seen a cat leaning on the iPad trying to catch the fish – very funny!

    Miss Y 🙂

  22. Hi Malika

    I loved “It’s a Book” so much that I bought my own copy and I got a bag with it!”

    Miss Y 🙂

  23. Hi Miss Y
    I am looking forward to the reading hour with 90 days to go. I wonder if North Melbourne will win this week against St Kilda. I know Collingwood will beat Brisbane Lions at the Gabba.

    From Noah 4.V

  24. Hi Miss Y
    The baby reading is so funny I could not stop laughing
    From Noah 4.V

  25. Hi Noah

    I am looking forward to the Reading Hour and planning what we will do for it this year. Do you have a suggestion?

    I’m really hoping North Melbourne can beat St Kilda! Brisbane are very good at their home ground at the Gabba and Collingwood have quite a few injuries so it might be closer than you think!

    Miss Y 😀

  26. Hi Noah

    I love this video too because the baby is having so much fun “reading”. It makes me laugh too…

    Miss Y 🙂

  27. Hi Miss Y

    I think it will be a close game between Collingwood and Brisbane. We’re very good at the Gabba too. North Melbourne will beat St Kilda. If Collingwood beat Brisbane I will be teasing Joel big time like Luke did.

    From Noah 4.V

  28. Hi Noah

    Let’s hope they’re both great games of football! Boomer Harvey plays his 350th game and Daniel Wells plays his 200th game this week so I’m sure the boys will be playing to win for them.

    I hope if Collingwod win that it will be just friendly teasing.

    Miss Y 🙂

  29. Hi Miss Y

    Collingwood won by 49 points against Brisbane Lions at the Gabba and North Melbourne will win against St Kilda easy. How Is Brisbane ? I might be going to see Melbourne vs Collingwood next week.
    I hope North Melbourne wins next week.
    From Noah 4.V

  30. Hi Miss Y

    Congrats to Brent Harvey and Daniel Wells. Good luck to them. I hope North Melbourne win for those 2. Because if they win I will be friendly teasing my friends. I also gave a friendly teasing to Joel because Brisbane lost against Collingwood.
    From Noah 4.V

  31. Hi Noah

    Great to have both of our teams win on the weekend! I have recorded our game and will watch it on the weekend. I’m so glad they won for Brent Harvey and Daniel Wells.

    I really enjoyed the conference in Brisbane. I learnt lots of new things and met some wonderful teachers too from around Australia.

    Miss Y 🙂

  32. Hi Miss Y

    Collingwood are playing Western Bulldogs tomorrow afternoon and I might be going to the game.
    It is my birthday in 3 days.

    From Noah 4.V

  33. Hi Miss Y

    Sorry about today because 4V came into the library and I wasn’t in because I had the flu. Is my book in yet?

    From Noah (4V)

  34. Hi Noah

    I’m sorry to hear you have the flu. There were lots of Grade 5s away today and one class only had 12 children at school!

    Your book has not come in yet. When it does I’ll send you a note in your 4V Blue Tub.

    I hope you have a good book to read while you’re not feeling well. Look after yourself and get well soon…

    Miss Y 🙂

  35. Dear Miss Y

    I have been reading 2 books since I have not been well. I have finished my Read across the Universe Challenge. I will email it to you today.

    From Noah (4.V)

  36. Hi Noah

    I’m glad you have had some books to read. I hope you are getting better.

    I’ll look forward to seeing what you have done for our Read Across the Universe Challenge…

    Miss Y 🙂

  37. Hi Jocelyn,

    I’m glad you enjoyed looking at this page. I’ve tried to add lots of things to show how much fun books and reading can be…

    Happy reading!

    Miss Y 🙂

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