Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith joined Sarah Dean and Barjinder Kaur of Penrith City Library to encourage participation in 2017 Book Week which will run from 19-26 August.
Now in its 72nd year, Children’s Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia.
Through the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Book Week brings children and books, authors, illustrators, schools and libraries together to celebrate Australian children’s literature.
Stuart Ayres said Australia has some terrific children’s authors such as the renowned Mem Fox, Andy Griffiths and of course the late May Gibbs.
The theme for Book Week 2017 is “Escape to Everywhere” and all children from Kindy to Year 6 invited to join the celebration by dressing up as their favourite book character and to engage in local activities.
“Whether reading an Australian classic like The Magic Pudding or one of Treehouse series, Book Week is the perfect time to encourage our children to discover the joy of reading,” said Stuart Ayres.