World Read Aloud Day

Grade R pupils from Ridgeville Primary School visited their local library in Westridge. .

Mitchell’s Plain primary school pupils partnered with their local libraries in separate events to add their their voices to World Read Aloud Day, on Thursday February 1.

On this day people across the globe share stories with children to raise awareness about literacy; and spread the importance and power of reading aloud.

Grade R pupils from Ridgeville Primary School visited their local library in Westridge and were read to by librarians Maureen Williams, in English, and Nosipho Maxalisa, in isiXhosa. The story was The final minute by Zukiswa Wanner.

The pupils coloured in badges, which they wore around their necks.

Town Centre librarians and members of the NGO Read to Rise visited Littlewood Primary School in Eastridge, to create a whirlwind of reading fun.

Roscoe Williams, programme director of the organisation, shared with the pupils the story of Oaky, the character in a book series written by his brother, Athol Williams, both born and raised in Westridge.

Pupils, aged between six and 10, got to meet mascot Oaky, the acorn.

Read to Rise distributes the books to pupils at Mitchell’s Plain primary schools to teach book ownership and help them read.

The book is illustrated by Taryn Lock, the author’s wife, and has achieved greatness, by sharing the need and love for reading.