Children encouraged to love reading

Parow West Primary School pupils met an author at their local library last week.

Award-winning children’s author and occupational therapist Elizbe van der Colff put young readers through their story-writing paces at the Parow library on Wednesday September 5.

The session with pupils from Parow West Primary was part of National Book Week celebrations, which encourages South Africans to value reading as a fun and pleasurable activity and shows how reading can become part of daily life.

“Apart from the great joy that comes with leisure reading, there is also the equally important aspect of continued learning and the expansion of one’s world view,” said JP Smith, the mayoral committee member for safety and security and social services.

“South Africa also has a challenge with literacy rates, and so children need to develop a relationship with books early on.

“I encourage parents to use our libraries as a starting point not only for guidance and advice on how to get their children hooked on books, but also for themselves.”

Ms Van der Colff spoke to the young readers about her books and her writing, and even got them to write their own stories.

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