This year’s International Read to Me Day on Monday 19 March saw the Big Read Chair journey from Toowoomba to Oakey and Clifton, encouraging hundreds of school students to sit down and read a book.

Generously donated for the day by Carleton Custom Upholstery, the Big Read Chair is 4.5 metres high and four metres wide. Children at Toowoomba Grammar School, Chiselhurst Kindergarten, The Glennie School, Harristown Primary School, Clifton Primary School and St Monica’s at Oakey hosted a visit from the chair.

Read to Me Day is an international campaign aimed at encouraging children to remind adults to read to them regularly. It was created as a cog in the literacy advocacy wheel, empowering and encouraging children to participate in the conversation about their own literacy by reminding the adults around them about the importance of being read to.

Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research Professor Guyonne Kalb said that no matter what else her research team tested, results continued to show that being read to as a child remains a critical factor in young education.

“Children of four to five years old who are read to three to four times a week have reading ages six months ahead of children read to once or twice a week. Reading to children nearly every day almost doubles their progress to one year ahead of the group,” said Professor Kalb

Founder of Boogie Books and the Child Writes Fund, and the creator of International Read to Me Day Emma Mactaggart emphasises the importance of this initiative. “It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a child to inspire a village,” Emma said.

Readers also enjoyed this story about Brigalow State School supporting the Adopt a Street Tree initiative.