The Mayor’s Reading Challenge

Frankston City Libraries invites children aged 0-5 years and their families to get involved with this year’s Mayor’s Reading Challenge.

In its eleventh year, the Mayor’s Reading Challenge supports early literacy development, by encouraging parents and carers to engage in regular reading experiences with their children in a fun and rewarding way.

According to Frankston City Mayor, Kris Bolam, the challenge is not only fun, it creates positive literacy outcomes for young children.

“Australian research has found that children who are read to six or seven times a week have a literacy level almost a year ahead of children who are not read to at home, and tend to learn more when they start school,” the Mayor said.

“Everyone who completes the challenge of 60 books receives a free book and goes into the draw to win one of the major prizes.

“We encourage parents to make reading interesting by not only sharing children’s books but materials you enjoy. You could read snippets of your favourite magazine or newspaper out loud, point out road signs or sing nursery rhymes.”

The books read in your regular Storytime sessions with Kerry, Monica and Bev all count towards the Challenge, as do any of the books you enjoy via Story Box Libraries or Tumblebooks, both free with your Frankston City Libraries membership.

The Mayor’s Reading Challenge runs throughout August and participants can register via the Frankston City Libraries website, by dropping into the Frankston, Seaford or Carrum Downs libraries or by visiting the Council Customer Service Centre at Langwarrin.

For more information and to register, go to or phone 9784 1020

Peninsula Essence, Education & Training Feature – July 2021