Prized author pitches in to keep love of books alive
IT'S not every day a multi-billion dollar company and a famous Australian author unite for the sake of Warwick's young readers.
But that's what happened when Amazon Australia and Children's Laureate Morris Gleitzman teamed up to deliver more than $500 worth of books to Warwick Central State School this week.
The program is hoping to bolster school libraries across the country and school librarian Kaye Gilchrist, who is used to seeing books by the popular children's author fly off her shelves, said the donation would help engage students who might otherwise have turned off reading.
"Morris Gleitzman's books are very popular and extra books of his would be fantastic,” Mrs Gilchrist said.
"We can put those books in the after school reading group and expose more kids to his writing.
"You do get kids who say 'I don't like reading', but one of our sayings in the library is that there's no such thing as a child who hates to read, they just haven't found a book they like reading yet.”
Principal Christine Dolley said while the library was well-stocked with picture books, its supply was lacking when it came to selections for older kids.
"We have lots and lots of picture books but we always need more books big kids can relate to,” Mrs Dolley said.
As children got older, Mrs Gilchrist said the risk of losing their attention became a challenge, but it was a war she was willing to engage in.
"Little kids love sitting down and looking at a picture book but as they get older they get more friends and more interests,” she said.
"This keeps the love of books alive and gives a variety so hopefully there's something everyone likes.”
Mrs Gilchrist said supplying the school with Australian authors would also help spur students to dream big and see the places literacy could take them.
"I think it shows where they could go and that people have written fantastic books they love,” she said.
"You can say, 'this person started out where you started and might have been in a small school like you' and it just encourages students to read and write more.”