Owner, Black Cat Books and Cafe, Mrs Stephanie Hogan,
Author, Mrs Dimity Powell,
Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen, Girls and Boys.
As 2012 is the National Year of Reading and as I am Patron of Book Links Queensland, of the Queensland Branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia, and of several other organisations supporting the developmental needs of children, I am very pleased to be here today to talk about a children's book.
I know, in this bookshop setting, I am preaching to the converted in emphasising how important it is for young children to be read to and, at the appropriate age, to learn to read and acquire the habit - and love - of reading. But that is something that can never be said too often. Reading or listening to good books is in itself a wonderful, stimulating and engrossing experience for children - and grown-ups too. And there are crucial longer-term benefits, because high levels of literacy are so strongly connected with greater chances of success in work and in life.
Today I am here to launch a book that I think will encourage children to read because it is great fun...
...I am sure you will all enjoy Dimity's book and Scott's drawings. I thank all those others who have supported Dimity through the challenges of her first book, in particular Morris Publishing Australia. I wish the book every success and hope there will be many more.
And now, as Governor and a committed advocate of the joys and benefits of reading for everyone, it is my great pleasure to launch PS: Who Stole Santa's Mail?, leaving you with three final ‘P words: please purchase the book. It will make a wonderful Christmas present!
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An honour and a pleasure to share my book with you all.