Why reading is important: Anna Fienberg, author and Australia Reads ambassador

Why reading is important: Anna Fienberg, author and Australia Reads ambassador

 

 

“Stories might be our first experience of magic – we witness transformation and we experience it. And in this present and future world of ours, imagination, creativity and empathy are qualities that we humans will be calling upon more than ever. Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist, recently prescribed the value of rehearsing changes that life may throw at us through the reading of science fiction. Perhaps such scenarios are like handrails for the steep inclines ahead. And why not? Science, invention and literature are not so far apart. They rely on imagining what is not. A boy at Summer Hill Public School once told me, “When I read, I go far away and when I come back, I feel bigger than I really am.” And that’s why I’m so delighted to be a part of the 2020 Australian Reads program because it’s through reading books that we give us humans, children especially, the power to understand, to grow and to imagine what is not.”   Anna Fienberg, author of the best selling Tashi books and ambassador for Australia Reads 2020

 

In November 2020, all Australians of all ages and from all walks of life are invited to share and celebrate the joys of reading by participating in Australia Reads.  Whether you’re picking up a book for the first time or your head is already stuck in one, there’s plenty of books, activities and events as part of the festivities.

Thursday 12 November is the main event – Australian Reading Hour. You’re invited to stop what you’re doing for an hour, pick up a book and read to yourself or the children in your life.

Join us and unwind, get inspired and find joy in books! From islands, blue shores, bushland to red heart – Australia Reads. And now that we’re staying in, it’s a good time to get reading. Books – in whatever shape, size, or form – are a great way to unwind, to learn new things, discover new stories, and feel all kinds of emotions.

Just in case you need to convince anyone, here’s four fabulous reasons to read:

1. ENJOYMENT

Reading is enjoyable and relaxing.

Books can be an escape from the worries of everyday life. Reading also reduces stress by 68% – it works quicker than listening to music, playing a videogame or a walk.

2. LEARNING

Books help you learn and explore.

Reading makes your world bigger and makes more things possible. Literacy and reading are tools that can help you achieve your goals and help others. So, being able to read can improve your life and the lives of the people around you.

3. GROWTH

Reading helps your mind grow. It helps connect different parts of your brain. After reading a book, your brain activity is boosted for days.  It’s exercise and nourishment for your mind – good for your health now and down the track!

4. CONNECTION

Books create meaning and connect us to others. By reading other people’s stories you can walk in their shoes. And in doing so, learn more about yourself, too. Books build empathy, connection and help you feel less lonely. Plus, sharing books, doing bookish activities, and reading together is a great way to stay connected to the people in your life – and meet new people too!

So join the fun when Australia Reads, November 1 – 12. But seriously, with all those benefits….why wait!

For more information, including a huge program of online events,  click here

 

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Synopsis

For twenty-five years Tashi has been telling fabulous stories. He escaped from a war lord in a faraway place and flew to this country on the back of a swan. And he wished he would find a friend just like Jack. In this first book of his daring adventures, Tashi tells Jack about the time he tricked the last dragon of all. Now, a whole generation of readers will know that when Tashi says, 'Well, it was like this ...' an exciting new adventure is about to begin. This special anniversary edition includes the stories 'Tashi and the Silver Cup' and 'Kidnapped!' together for the first time.

Synopsis

A brand-new early learning Tashi book. Learn about colours from Tashi and his friends in this book by Anna and Barbara Fienberg, the authors of the beloved and bestselling series.Tashi is back!In this world of magic and mystery, you can see ... Red Tashi Green Dragon White Tiger Gold Treasure ... and a RAINBOW of fireworks!Learn colours and discover a vibrant world filled with mythical creatures, wild adventures and magic, and a brave and bold boy called Tashi.First published in 1995 and has now achieved classic status with sales of over one million copies.

Synopsis

A brand-new early learning Tashi book. Learn to count with Tashi and his friends in this book featuring everybody's favourite boy from Anna and Barbara Fienberg, the authors of the beloved and bestselling series.Tashi is back!In this world of caves and castles, you can count ... 1 clever Tashi 2 sly demons 3 white tigers 4 flaming dragons 5 round ogres ...Learn your numbers and discover a world filled with mythical creatures, wild adventures and magic, and a brave and bold boy called Tashi.First published in 1995 and has now achieved classic status with sales of over one million copies.

Synopsis

Meet Tashi, everyone's favourite boy, in this alphabetical journey that introduces readers to the wonderful world of Tashi.Tashi is back!In a land far away, you'll find … A boy called Tashi, brave and bold, Baba Yaga the witch, cunning and cold, Chintu the giant, bigger than most, Dragon of fire, who'll turn you to toast!Learn the alphabet and journey through Tashi's world filled with mythical creatures, wild adventures and magic in a story especially created by Anna and Barbara Fienberg with original artwork by the late illustrator Kim Gamble, beautiful restored and rendered by his artist daughters, Arielle and Greer Gamble.First published in 1995 and has now achieved classic status with sales of over one million copies.
Anna Fienberg
About the author

Anna Fienberg

Anna Fienberg grew up in a house filled with books. Her mother was a teacher librarian who relished stories as much as chocolates. 'On Sunday mornings we'd all lie in bed with our books, lost in magical wardrobes, witches’ spells, genies’ magic... What we were going to read next was just as important in our family as what was for lunch!' says Anna.

Anna started writing stories when she was eight, but never imagined being an author. She studied psychology, fascinated by the dark world of dreams. She gave up counselling after an unfortunate incident with an enraged man and a chair (he missed!), began writing and scored the best job in the world. 'Working for School Magazine was a treat,' Anna says. 'I couldn't believe you could get paid for sitting back comfortably in your chair, cappuccino in hand, reading over a thousand books a year. Heaven!' Of course, as an editor she also had to write reviews and articles, stories and plays. One of those stories for School Magazine later became her first book.

Books by Anna Fienberg

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