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Ignite imagination at the PCCC Book Fair

TO support and encourage early language and literacy at home Prom Coast Centres for Children Foster is hosting a Book Fair from Monday, May 31 – Friday, June 4.

The Book Fair will be hosted at the Foster Centre for one week only. Families can come along at anytime during the week, browse the book selection together and purchase the books that are of interest. Book Fairs are great for families as they offer:

  • An exciting event that engages children and promotes literacy
  • A terrific range of books, hand selected from over 50 publishers worldwide
  • Affordable books to suit a variety of interests and ages
  • A fun opportunity for children to see, touch and connect with books they want to read

More books means more choice, attending and selecting the books at the Prom Coast Book Fair with your child allows them to engage with the books they want to read. The right book can ignite a passion for reading, so we encourage families to participate in Book Fair together to help support a reading culture at home.

Sue Millett, Director and Educational Leader at PCCC Foster explained why reading is important for babies and young children.

“Sharing stories, talking and singing every day helps your child’s development in many ways. 

Reading and sharing stories can:

  • Help your child develop early literacy skills by exposure to sounds, words and rhyme and learn to value books and stories
  • Spark your child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity
  • Help develop your child’s ability to focus and concentrate 
  • Develop communication skills including listening, questioning, responding and turn-taking 
  • Help your child learn the difference between ‘real’ and ‘make-believe’
  • Help your child understand and manage new or frightening events, and the strong emotions that come with them
  • Help your child learn about the world, their own culture and other cultures.”

“The staff team at Foster has also engaged in training on current best practice in supporting children’s language and communication, to ensure we continue to provide the best outcomes for children attending PCCC to develop early language and literacy skills.” Through the centres ongoing membership with Scholastic, our educator Carole Bohn has been instrumental in organising the Book Fair to support the focus on language and communication from the staff training.

“We are also excited to be able to welcome and connect our families back into our planned service activities after the disconnection that occurred as a result of COVID-19 last year,” said Sue

Reading expands the mind and nourishes the imagination….in the words of Dr Suess “The more that you read, the more things that you will know, the more you learn, the more places you will go”

Every book purchased at the Book fair goes towards supporting the expansion of the Early Years library at Prom Coast Centres for Children.

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