Kalgoorlie School of the Air book fair sparks passion for reading among remote students

The Bookstore welcomed Air School students to browse a selection of books on Tuesday morning as part of the school’s Book Week celebrations.

Since most of the students live in stations in remote areas, they only meet face-to-face one day per term, so this was a particularly exciting undertaking.

Students arrived dressed as their favorite book characters and made wish lists to take home to their parents.

From their wish lists, parents can purchase the books from the bookstore.

Donna Hutcheson, owner of Boulder’s Burt St bookstore, said the school always supports her business, buying class books and resource packs from her store.

“While local schools may hold school book fairs, it’s a different context for the School of the Air, so I was more than happy to hold the fair here and give that experience to children,” she said.

Each student received a gift bag containing stationery donated by Northern Star Resources and Ali Kent MLA to further promote the love of literacy.

The theme for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week 2022 is “Dreaming with eyes open” created by children’s and women’s picture book illustrator Darug Jasmine Seymour, winner of the CBCA Award for New Illustrator in 2020 for her book Baby Business.

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