'Double the amount of books': Canley Vale Public School win reading challenge

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and childrens book author Angela May George with Canley Vale Public School pupils.
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and childrens book author Angela May George with Canley Vale Public School pupils.

Technically, Canley Vale Public School won the Mayor's Summer Holiday Reading Challenge for having the highest number of pupils register and complete the program.

But Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said everyone who completed the challenge were winners with more than double the amount of books read during this year's challenge compared to last year.

This year more than 600 students from 39 schools read more than 7600 books during the challenge from late November through to February.

Children's author Angela May George attended a special assembly at Canley Vale Public School to chat with the children about writing, imagination and her books.

Mr Carbone congratulated teachers at the school for their commitment to children's literacy and encouraging so many students to enter the program.

"It's fantastic to see so many children gaining the life-long benefits of reading," he said.

"This is the challenge's fourth year and the reaction to the program has been overwhelmingly positive. We saw many children return from previous years' programs to participate again.

"Reading provides mental stimulation, increases knowledge, expands vocabulary, improves memory and gives us better writing skills.

"I'm proud of this initiative and am excited to see it grow year after year and boosting our children's imaginations and skills."