The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a volunteer run, not for profit, organisation that was established in 1945 and is comprised of ... members who are passionate about children's and young adult literature. They organise Book Week each year, and the Book of the Year Awards. If you have children at primary school, you will know that this week, 22nd - 28th August, is Book Week (and possibly be knee-deep in book related activities and costumes). This year's Book Week theme is that 'books light up our world'.
It wasn't so very long ago that it was not generally thought that children with Down syndrome could learn to read, so they weren't taught ... and generally, they didn't! We know much better now, thanks to dedicated families, teachers and researchers, and the hard work of people with Down syndrome themselves, and the world of reading and all the goodness it brings has opened up for many people with Down syndrome.
Throughout the week, we will highlight activities and information about books, and people with Down syndrome on the blog.
These are the 'reading' photos shared with us by families when we first published Dr Kathy Cologon's series of six articles, Teaching reading to people with Down syndrome: busting the myths, two years ago. The articles are available as a single .pdf download, here or to read as individual blog posts, here: