Governor of Queensland launches Christmas spirit
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!
Visit this link to read the complete speech.
An honour and a pleasure to share my book with you all.