Tristan Bancks | Australian Children's & Teen Author | Kids' & YA Books: Change the World in Five Minutes: Read to a Child (Even if You Are One)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Change the World in Five Minutes: Read to a Child (Even if You Are One)

A five-minute Monday morning action inspired by We Are What We Do and my short film Change the World in Five Minutes Every Day at School.

Stories are a place where you get to do stuff you'd never do in the real world. Like I recently read a Barack Obama bio, so I got to hang out with B-Rock for a couple of weeks.

Everybody loves to be read to but, for kids it's especially important. Listen to this, from Action 2 in Change the World for Ten Bucks - 'Reading and listening to books actually rewires a child's brain, speeds up their grasp of language, helps reduce stress and boosts self-esteem. So how terrible that 60% of children go to bed without a story.'

So go find a kid to spend 5 minutes reading to. Or, if you are a kid, start a campaign and don't let up till someone agrees to read you something every night. Maybe you'll get to hang out with Barack or some other cool cat.

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