$150,000 from Canberra for Tassie children literacy

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (Tasmanian Branch) will be able to do more for local children’s literacy thanks to a $150,000 grant over three years from Canberra secured by Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin.

Senator Martin, a past member of the CBCA Tasmania committee, made the announcement at Devonport Library on Monday in the company of Council President Leanne Rands.

“The funds will be used to promote and support Tasmanian Children’s Book Week over the next three years,” Senator Martin said.

“They will also help spread the popular Readers Cup, which I brought from Hobart to the North West, right across the State.

The Readers Cup is an annual inter school event which encourages children to pick up a book by bringing elements of fun and competition to reading.

Senator Martin said he has passionate about securing better educational outcomes for Tasmania’s youngest citizens, pointing to his Books for Babies and Toast for Kids and initiatives.

Books for babies is a project that aims to provide a free children’s book for every newborn in Tasmania, so parents can read to their baby from day one.

Toast for Kids is about raising money for School Breakfast Clubs in Devonport and surrounding areas, as well as raising money for the Books for Babies program.”

Senator Martin said locals can get involved right now by booking a place at the annual Toast for Kids Charity Gala at Providore Place in Devonport on 30 March 2019.”

Tickets are priced at $67.50 per person and can be brought online at the paranaple arts centre box office or online.