MARGARET Breen shared the joy of reading an award-winning book with her grandchild Maggie Dowton yesterday.
The two book lovers read Seadog by Claire Saxby, the winner of Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year Awards for two to five year olds, which were announced on Tuesday.
The awards recognise excellence in promoting children’s speech, language and literacy skills.
Three winners were announced by age category, with a separate award for best book for Indigenous children
Mrs Breen says she loves reading and hopes her granddaughter Maggie, 4, will share the same passion.
Each week the two book worms head down to Orange City Library for the regular Storytime sessions.
“It lets them mix with other children and if you can start children off with a love of reading that’s great,” Mrs Breen said.
“My favourite books are alphabet ones, they’re my favourite toys,” Maggie said.
Orange Health Service speech pathology head Jane de Bruyn said it was never too early to start reading to your child.
“Children take information from books from as young as six months,” she said.
“Reading books is very important for the development of oral language and the comprehension of language.
“It’s a very positive thing for parent and children to do.”
Mrs de Bruyn said if parents did not regularly read to their child, it was not too late to start.
She says people not comfortable reading aloud to their child can start by talking about some of the pictures or ideas presented in a book.
“If parents can start the habit early they won’t stop.”