CHILDREN and educators from Goodstart Greenfields celebrated the joy of reading and the magic of books at a special intergenerational story book theme day at the centre during Children’s Book Week.
This year’s theme was Escape to Everywhere, bringing children and books together to celebrate Australian children’s literature.
Goodstart director Robyn Johnston said high-quality books enriched children’s imagination and helped develop vital language and literacy skills from an early age.
“A child’s brain is constantly forming connections strengthened by activities like reading,’’ she said.
“Reading to children and then teaching them to read promotes health brain development that lasts a lifetime.
“Reading stories is also a catalyst for a child’s imagination and curiosity and enables them to learn the difference between real and make-believe.
“One of the greatest things parents can do for their children is instilling in them a love of reading and books.”
Residents from Aegis Aged Care Group shared the theme day with the children.