Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Books vital for toddlers, says New Zealand Book Council

Books vital for toddlers, says New Zealand Book Council

New Zealand’s leading national reading charity, the New Zealand Book Council, is concerned by new statistics revealing that approximately one-third of toddlers are not read to daily.

“A growing body of research shows it’s extraordinarily good for a toddler to have books read to them daily. Early and regular exposure to books supports language development, lowers stress levels and creates an intimate bonding opportunity,’’ says New Zealand Book Council CEO, Catriona Ferguson.

Responding to a Growing Up in New Zealand report, a longitudinal study by the University of Auckland which has been tracking 7000 New Zealanders since birth, Ferguson said New Zealand was not alone. “Recent research from the UK came up with a similar number.’’ The report, Now We Are Two: Describing our first 1000 days, found that 80% of New Zealand two year olds had watched TV or DVDs on a given day, but only 66% had one or more books read to them on a regular daily basis.

‘’Reading and a love of books has been shown to improve children’s outcomes – socially and economically. One recent study concluded that children whose fathers read to them concentrate better at preschool and even do better in maths, ’’ she says.

“For everyone’s sake, that figure should be much nearer to 100%.”

The Book Council’s nationwide programmes such as Writers in Schools bring more than 40,000 children face-to-face with local authors at more than 250 events around the country each year. These programmes are designed to encourage a love of reading and books in children, Ferguson says. “We are dedicated to inspiring a love of reading because we know the difference it makes to young lives.’’

There are many reasons why children might not be being read to, she said. “Rather than pointing fingers, we’ve provided a list of fantastic New Zealand books for toddlers on our website (http://booknotes-unbound.org.nz/top-10-read-aloud-favourites-kiwi-toddlers/) . They’re all great stories, and none of them takes more than a few minutes to read.’’

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Journalism’s Future In The Era Of “Alternative Facts.”

Already, the White House has made it clear that the media are the new enemy that the new President’s supporters will be encouraged to unite against. (What else can they do now they don’t have Hillary Clinton to demonise any more?)

The fantastic phrase “alternative facts” coined by Trump spinmeister Kellyanne Conway captures the media strategy in a nutshell. More>>

 

Employment: Minimum Wage To Increase To $15.75

The minimum wage will increase by 50 cents to $15.75 an hour on 1 April 2017... The starting-out and training hourly minimum wage rates will increase from $12.20 to $12.60 per hour, remaining at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage.More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Sit-In Occupation To Stop Niki’s Eviction

The Tāmaki Redevelopment Company hopes to issue a Possession Order for 14 Taniwha Street, Glen Innes. This will give them the ability to forcibly evict Ioela ‘Niki’ Rauti who has lived at 14 Taniwha Street for 21 years... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news