STORY TIME: Division 2 Councillor, Ron Petterson reading 'Piranhas don't eat bananas' to the prep students of Whitsunday Christian College to kick off Children's Book Week. Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Times.
STORY TIME: Division 2 Councillor, Ron Petterson reading 'Piranhas don't eat bananas' to the prep students of Whitsunday Christian College to kick off Children's Book Week. Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Times. Inge Hansen

Councillors bring books to life for Book Week

LAUGHTER filled the Cannonvale library this morning as Division 2 Councillor Ron Petterson brought to life a popular kids book to open Children's Book Week.

Each year, schools and libraries across Australia take part in the event which celebrates the best of Australian children's literature, authors and illustrators with activities, shows and displays.

Cr Petterson read 'Piranhas don't eat bananas' by Aaron Blabey to prep students from Whitsunday Christian College to kick off the event which runs from August 20-26.

With young kids of his own, Cr Petterson knows the importance of reading and said he and his kids read every night.

"Reading is a journey. (Kids) can go anywhere, be anything and be anyone," he said.

"Books are really, really great."

Tomorrow, from 1.30-2.30pm entertainer and comedian Sean Murphy will present the Book Week edition of his Kids Party Confidential show to over 100 kids from Whitsunday Christian College and Hayman Island State School.

Division 1 councillor, Jan Clifford will be at the Cannonvale library on Friday to read to more students.

This year's theme for Children's Book Week is 'Australia! Story Country' and team leader at the Cannonvale library, Kerry Dorman said it was great to see so many familiar faces jumping on board.

"I think it's wonderful that our councillors want to be involved," she said.

"We like to get kids enjoying the library and (Book Week) is a great way to promote the library and get more kids coming in."

After readings, kids can get crafty and participate in activities which are linked to the book they had read to them.

"It's going to be a fun week and a great week and the kids will have a blast," Cr Petterson said.

"We hope the kids continue to read more and more."


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