Book Week a hit with young readers

Kathy Zaffonato and her children Chelsea, 5, and Ava, 3, enjoy Book Week activities at Wollongong City Library yesterday. Picture: ROBERT PEETDozens of Wollongong preschool children were treated to a different version of the much-loved nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star yesterday as part of national Book Week celebrations.

More than 50 children participated in Wollongong City Library’s ‘‘bilingual storytime’’, in which popular children’s books, songs and nursery rhymes were read in English and Mandarin.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, which translates to ‘‘Yīshan yīshan xiao xīngxīng’’ in Mandarin, was a favourite among the groups of students from Wollongong City Preschool, Stewart Street Children’s House and Illawarra Multicultural Play Group.

Wollongong librarian Peta Moss said the library had a selection of bilingual books in Vietnamese, Spanish, Croatian, Italian, Polish, Greek, Serbian and Mandarin, all of which were popular.

‘‘It’s a very well used collection,’’ she said.

The event was part of a week of planned activities to celebrate Book Week throughout the city.

Today, award-winning young adult author and Illawarra resident Bill Condon will visit Thirroul Library to talk about his career as a writer.

His works include Daredevils, Dogs, No Worries and Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God, which won the young adult fiction category in the 2010 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery encouraged parents and children to get involved in the joy of reading.

This year’s Book Week theme is ‘‘Champions Read’’.

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