Encouraging kids to pick up a book
I MIGHT be slightly biased, but I think reading is pretty cool.
In fact, I would go as far as saying it's my favourite hobby. Next would be writing, of course.
Curling up on a comfy chair with a cuppa, and escaping into a different world through a good book is my idea of an ideal evening.
This is why I'm thrilled to hear about the Readers Cup students from Kingaroy's St John's Lutheran School are taking part in.
If there's something I love nearly as much as reading, it's talking about books I've been reading.
I'm also fairly competitive and love trivia, which means the Readers Cup would have been right up my alley.
There weren't competitions or programs anything like this when I was in school, which is a real shame because my peers definitely needed my "nerdiness" shoved even further down their throats.
Some (anyone who knew 10-year-old me) would say I was a slight nerdy, in-your-face know-it-all.
I genuinely wish more local schools would get around this idea.
It seems to me like such a fun and innovative way of encouraging kids to pick up a book and immerse themselves in another world.
Reading is an integral part to many aspects of life, and a crucial skill for most career paths. Yet is seems to me fewer and fewer people are curling up with a book at the end of a long day.
Reading is not only great for academic purposes, but can be beneficial for mental health.
I understand some people really do believe reading isn't for them. But, they just haven't found the right book to get them hooked.