The Reading Hour was a special nation-wide event on Saturday 25 August 2012 for the National Year of Reading 2012.
The aim for the Reading Hour was to encourage families to share a book with their child for 10 minutes a day, one hour a week.
We encouraged parents to host their own Teddy Bear Sleepover at home and to enjoy sharing a book with their child (and their teddies!) for ten minutes between 6 and 7pm.
We hosted our own Teddy Bear Sleepover at the library on the day. Teddies and soft toys explored the library and took part in a special story time.
Here is their journey:
Arriving at the State Library of Western Australia for the Teddy Bear Sleepover!
Meeting some new friends at the library. It was so fun to meet a tiny robot and a baby manatee, but the dalek scared us a little!
Hanging out in the State Library Shop.
Checking out Better Beginning‘s “Baby Ways” board book.
Who is this here in the mirror!?
The staff at the State Library are so helpful!
Riding up the lift to explore the library. Wheeee!
Meeting the State Library’s “Books Moove Me Cow!“. She was painted by Western Australian children’s book illustrators!
Meeting another State Library staff member. What a funny man.
Accessing e-books from the State Library for free!
Checking out the view from the 2nd floor of the State Library.
Look, there’s the BankWest Tower! Can you spot any other Perth landmarks?
Enjoying afternoon tea in The Place. What’s your favourite afternoon treat?
Having fun at a very special Reading Hour story time!
All tucked in after our bed-time story. Goodnight everybody!
There are lots of fun and creative ways to share books with your children. If you can manage 10 minutes most nights, your child will have the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that brings.