Senior primary school students are being encouraged to use their creative talents this year to write and illustrate an original story that could be printed and distributed across Greater Shepparton.
The annual competition is a part of the Greater Shepparton early year language work group and sees the winning student’s book printed and included in a Book Bag program that is distributed to nearly 1000 families across Greater Shepparton.
The Book Bag is full of stories suitable for three-year-olds and is given to families during a maternal and child health nurse visits thanks to Greater Shepparton City Council.
Last year’s winner was Orrvale Primary School’s Year 6 student Tahlia Bourke’s Who am I?, which the judges described as educational and good discussion starter for young children.
Her colourful book illustrated different animals and included a little description of what they were.
Tahlia said she spent about a month perfecting the illustrations and the words — first on paper, then on iPad.
All 18 entries from the previous competition were placed at Shepparton Library, so the community members could have a look at young authors’ stories.
Greater Shepparton City Council mayor Dinny Adem said this was a great opportunity for our local children to get creative, be involved and contribute to a local program.
‘‘The Book Bag program aims to encourage parents and carers to read to their children right from birth and to understand the importance of early reading and language development. Included in the bag is a parent information booklet and library information among other reading and activity resources,’’ Cr Adem said.
‘‘The competition adds a local touch to the program and highlights the creative talent we have here in our region.
‘‘I hope to see many schools participate and submit their students’ pieces of work.’’
Primary schools can submit up to three original illustrated stories from years 5 and 6 students to be considered by a judging panel.
The competition closes at 3pm on Monday, September 11.
Information has been sent out to all primary schools in Greater Shepparton, but if you would like more information, phone best start coordinator Belinda Whitelaw on 5832 9700.