May is Get-Caught-Reading Month. It’s a time to encourage others to connect or reconnect with reading and the easiest way to do this is by being a reading role model! Children can role model reading for other children, and adults can role model reading for adults and for children too.
The Story Powered Schools team is encouraging young and old to break free of their typical reading moulds and read in public spaces and in fun and creative ways. People who share photographs of themselves or others reading with the hashtag #CatchMeReading on the Story Powered Schools Facebook page will stand a chance to win a hamper of books.
Supporting the drive and acting as a reading role model, the editor of Sunday World - a Times Media newspaper title carrying the regular Nal'ibali reading-for-enjoyment supplement - Abdul Milazi, has shared his own #CatchMeReading photograph.
Growing up in the villages of Umzimkhulane and Bhobhoyi in Ugu, Abdul says that growing up with books and stories gave him the wings to fly!
Running over two weeks between Monday 08 May and Friday 19 May, the
three photographs with the most likes each week will win.
“We typically think of reading as something that happens at home or in the classroom but really, reading can happen anytime, anywhere! We want to encourage people to take books with them wherever they go and read at every opportunity because reading, even for just 15 minutes a day, can have wonderful benefits for children: Sparking their imaginations, curiosity, emotional development and exposing them to roughly a million written words in a year!
Weekly competition dates:
Week 1: Monday 08 May to Friday 12 May 5pm
Week 2: Monday 15 May to Friday 19 May 5pm