First Published: 20 February 2017
Author: iCentre Admin
The article below, written by Helen Stower, explains the rationale for the Read Like a Girl project which we hope the whole community will support.
Educators and parents alike know that reading literature can be transformative. Research supports this assertion and validates the importance of story reading to brain development and academic success (Haven, 2007; and Krashen, 2011).
Disturbingly, research conducted last year in Australia found that among Australians aged 14+, “the proportion of men and women reading books has decreased in recent years, most noticeably among women. In 2010, 64.7% of Australian women 14+ read a novel in any given three months, a figure which has since fallen to 60.9%. Similarly, fewer women are reading non-fiction books than they used to, slipping from 39.2% to 34.2% between 2010 and 2015” (Roy Morgan Research, 2016).
As a Teacher-Librarian in a girls’ school, this research is of concern to me and I wanted to do something that would make a difference to the girls in our community. A key strategy for making this difference is to focus on reading and literature promotion.
After collaborating with other passionate colleagues in the teaching and book worlds, the Read Like a Girl movement was established.
Read Like a Girl is a community partnership for the literacy advancement of girls and is a combined endeavour led by Mt Alvernia College and St Rita’s College. Riverbend Books is a community partner in this project. This project encapsulates a calendar of reading events aimed at instilling a foundation and love of reading in the college communities and more broadly among girls everywhere.
We hope that through our calendar of events, we will give the girls in our communities the opportunity to:
You can support this endeavour in practical ways by:
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