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Have you registered yet?

Have you registered yet for the 7th National Early Literacy Conference?

Don’t miss the chance to hear from the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA, Colin Pettit.

The Commissioner will outline the work of his office in consulting with thousands of WA children and young people on issues affecting their wellbeing and how the views of the children themselves should be used to inform and challenge current thinking on factors that influence vulnerability.

7th National Early Literacy Conference
March 20 to 22
The Esplanade Hotel
Fremantle, WA

Get your tickets now!

Young children smiling on conference poster

40% off every second Conference registration now available!

To help organisations and local Paint the Town REaD groups to send more delegates — and so increase the learning and fun — we are now offering a 40% discount for the second person from each of these groups. Brilliant!

You will find the discount offer on the Select Tickets section as you register on Eventbrite.

Note that this offer applies to every second registrant from a group. So you can book two, or four, or six, or eight attendees and every second one can take advantage of this offer.

Exclusions: Already subsidised or sponsorship funded positions

Six weeks to go!

Our National Early Literacy Conference is getting closer!

We can’t wait to hear from Julia Orlowski from @CharlesSturtLibraries in SA talk about encouraging children to read, write & create.

Using The Mayoral Make-a-Book Literacy Challenge as a case study, Julia’s workshop will share ideas on how to engage preschool children, families and educators in capturing and publishing their own books to share with others.

Register now: https://bit.ly/2R4ir9d

Seasons Greetings and thank you!

Thank you to the 1000s of people across Australia who have grown the PTTR movement through 2018 – Aboriginal Elders who lead their local PTTRB&Y communities, volunteer readers in shopping centres, emergency services staff and local businesses who take the time to share books and stories with children, librarians, primary and high school students who read to their baby brothers and sisters, child and family workers who incorporate early literacy into everything they do, the incredible PTTR local co-ordinators who somehow find the time to do amazing things, generous probono  workers like Lifeline who have supplied us with over 1000 books this year, Good360 and Men Sheds, the AMP Foundation, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, PRRR and many more. You have all helped a child discover the thrill of books and language.

A4 Christmas bookmarks 2018

PTTR Turns 5 – and celebrates with registrations open for our 7th National Conference

Paint the Town Read Ltd turned 5 yesterday. We wish to thank everyone who has helped us with their time, wisdom, enthusiasm, probono support, humour and money.

The Board is thrilled that now 78 communities across Australia – from Pannawonica to the Pacific, from Cairns to Casterton, are working to engage everyone to read, talk, sing, rhyme and draw with their babies from birth, so that they will be ready for learning at school.

And there is no better way to celebrate than to invite you all to attend our 7th National Early Literacy Conference in Perth 20 -22 March 2019.

The theme is Books and Bonding Build Brains – that’s what the (Fremantle) Doctor Orders.

Register here. 

Children’s Week 2018 Celebrations

Across Australia, PTTR communities celebrated Children’s Week including hatchings of new mascots in Armadale, Gosnells, Rockingham (WA), Gin Gin, Childers and Bundaberg (Qld), birthday parties for mascots (Shoalhaven NSW) and the honouring of Vivi Martin in NSW as Summer Hill’s Granny of the Year, especially for her work with heading up Paint Marrickville REaD. http://www.localnewsplus.com.au/article.php?st_story_ID=141222&ratio=Landscape

South Australian Winners Paint the Inner West REaD

On Friday night, at a Gala Event, Paint the Inner West REaD, comprising Paint the Parks and Gardens REaD and Paint Westside REaD won the Community Engagement Award at South Australia’s 2018 Public Education Awards. Congratulations!

https://www.education.sa.gov.au/working-us/working-teacher/teacher-initiatives/public-education-awards/honour-roll/community-engagement-award

Community, non government and government representatives of Paint the Inner West REaD celebrating their win at the Award Ceremony.

READ REaDiculously!

In the Words of the Champion Post,
Hundreds of children turned out on Friday morning for Parkes’ annual Reading Day.
This year’s theme was LET’S GET REaDICULOUS and REaD REaDICULOUSLY.
Young and old alike were dressed REaDICULOUSLY for a jam-packed program of activities.

https://www.parkeschampionpost.com.au/story/5646371/children-get-readiculous-as-parkes-celebrates-annual-reading-day-photos/?cs=2711#slide=102

Politicians and Principals dressed readiculously and read in readiculous places down the main street of Parkes, to the delight of children and the whole community.

And best of all? When a young child was asked two days later about what had he learnt at Reading Day, his answer was: ‘Read, Talk, Sing and Rhyme with your baby all the time.’

It seemed like everyone was there in Cook Park, for the start of REaDiculous Reading Day