Keagan reading to his sister Amy.
Keagan reading to his sister Amy. Photo Contributed

Great response for first International Read to Me Day

YOUR STORY: Saturday March 19 marks the launch of International Read to ME Day and Australia has activities planned around the country.

The purpose of the day is to highlight the importance of being read to in the development of reading and writing skills.

'Read to ME day' is a day for children to ask for a story to be told to them or for a book to be read to them.

"Reading and writing are such key life skills. In Australia we know that literacy is a key indicator for future success," Child Writes Foundation's Founder Emma Mactaggart said.

"It takes a village to raise a child and a child to inspire a village. Children all over the world will take part, I am excited that Australia is joining with us."

Otto's Dream Children's Village in South Africa has confirmed that they will be supporting the event, as have a number of schools in Bahrain and the United Kingdom.

"This is only the first year of the event, and we are delighted to have had this response so early. Imagine next year!" Mrs MacTaggart said.

Abby Johnstone and Jayde Rumoreo are Read to me Ambassadors.

"I love reading and being read to, I want more children to enjoy this as much as I do," Abby said.

Jayde reinforced this: "On International Read to ME day, I will make sure all the junior children in my school will be reminded they are allowed to ask to be read to every day and if their mum or dad can't, someone in their community can."

A range of activities will happen across Sydney and Melbourne, Toowoomba and Geelong and youngsters will capture the fun on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #ReadToMeDay.

If you want to run your own event or require more information, email Emma Mactaggart at or go to

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