Thanks to a generous donation from the Taranaki Literacy Association (TLA) our tamariki will be turning the pages of brand-new books this summer.
On Tuesday afternoon $2,000 of new children's books were delivered to Tamariki Ora team Romane Stockman and Sonya Popovich by TLA President, Jo Francis-Alles and volunteer (and former teacher and librarian) Jackie Cameron.
The Taranaki Literacy Association purchased the books through Paper Plus Stratford, Pohutakawa Books in Strandon and Merrilands Post and Lotto – and they will be delivered to whānau before Christmas.
"Many of our whānau don't have a lot of books in their home but if we can teach our tamariki to love stories and to love reading that means less time on devices," said Romane.
The pukapuka included titles in Te Reo (including favourites like Te Anuhe Tino Hiakai – The Very Hungry Caterpillar) and newly published titles like Kuwi the Kiwi's Very Shiny Bum. There are hardboard books for babies and toddlers as well as chapter books suitable for children up to about 10.
TLA President Jo Francis-Alles said: "We are very pleased to be able to donate these books to Tui Ora as we know that whanau will enjoy these beautiful new books."
Jo who is a Resource Teacher of Literacy based at Fitzroy School provides support to tamaraki and teachers to enhance students' literacy achievement in north Taranaki.
"We want to encourage whanau to take every opportunity to read to their tamariki and develop a love of reading. Reading to tamariki builds vocabulary and oral language which is so important, " she said.
The TLA are an enthusiastic team of educators and volunteers who promote literacy across the region. This involves working with teachers to support them with tools to help children with greater literacy needs and to promote a lifelong enjoyment of reading in people of any age.
For more information about the Taranaki Literary Association please visit their website: https://nzla.org.nz/regional-council/taranaki/(external link)