The National Reading Competition was launched
in l988 ~1 fthaica Library Service's
40th Anniversi~ f eltbrations. At that time, it
involved only the age group 9 to 11 years. Since
then, the competition, which has become highly
successful, has grown to include additional age
levels, allowing persons from age 6 and over to
enter and enjoy the benefits of reading.
h in h tional Reading
m ading habit,
ftion in adults.
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THnr NISNALi USRDINO eNfP PETITION
After this, winners compete on a parish Prizes are very attractive and competitive and include Their input has not been an impersonal corporate
level and Pansh Champions are selected for a mix of cash, trophies, gifts, trips to interesting local effort, but rather, a hands-on involvement of each
lo fl E r s n n sntions. ... coneny joiniwith the Jamaica Library Service to
a_1_aI aeg-ii n 4 make~ e Neational Reading Competition a truly
mid- and culminates in the National Reading NOTABLE FEATURE successful undertaking.
R.G. i io iiFinadhmlnl atsW elevisiramkAlca--- _. ,wbTereasuJ fie -Tf competition is that all of the
T--.endtL. participants in the children's segment, who have THE NATIONAL READING FAIR
qLeerged as National Champions have had marked The National Reading Fair was launched in October 2004
i-Tnstn teachte inxveo mbinuL~ceive n of W.. imss in their respective fields of endeavour with as part of theCelebratory activities to recognize the Parish
ol an writirngemensome persons being awarded the prestigious Rhodes and National champions in the National Reading Competition
r.-ad, iud*rni andintea~rtt4i ichar __. Scholarship. and further promote the importance of reading. Activities
in Emi include a parade of champions, exhibitions by sponsoring
iilg if ii organizations, publishers and booksellers, reading live by
noted authors and a concert featuring some of Jamaica's
In 1999, a categoryfo for adults was introduced, and most talented performing artistes.
The Jamaica Library Service strives for a mix of good
literature with a variety of settngs and themes
appropriate to the age groups e.g fantasy, realism, Compeon over the years has
fls c a nThe success of the Competition over the years has
folk-tales, classics and adventure. Special consideration elicited a high level of expectation and enthusiasm The themes of the Competition and Fair over the years,
among all stakeholders. We acknowledge with i nd 'Readers are
gratitude the major sponsors of 2005, namely Cable t imperatives,
& Wireless Jamaica Foundation, TVJ, Kingston Oit wout good
Book Shop along with RBTT Bank Jamaica Ltd. li I Iibe, to surmount
LMH Publishing Company, Horlicks, Jamaica I n icreasingly
S'i n National Building Society, Carlong Publishers,
Hilton Kingston Jamaica and the Gleaner as
1. Let children see you reading for pleasure
in your spare time.
inedl illtaJ'Ski.nd a aarnthn. ..--
en ibran ieingsS
I ii ren en howin their skills n
i. e Eg. board games
tha require yer d spaces, cards, and directions.
6. Perhaps over dinner, while you are running errands,
or in other informal settings, share your reactions to
things you read, and encourage your children to do
1, d ~ Murray, Millie.
Miss Bethina's House. Ebony and the
Kingston: Carlong Mookattook Bush.
omi Wiog, yrntte. Long,
Mind Me Good Now. 1994.
_- n MAnnnii.k SacharLouis.
Press, 1997. There is a Boy in the
egaid,Chieri. Girl's Bathroom.
Suki's Kimono. New York:
New York: Random House,
Kids Can, 1987.
2003. Taylor, Mildred D.
The Well. New
wa*12-14 age group : Dial
Mankell, Henning. Adult
Secrets In The Fire. Angelou, Maya.
Toronto: Annick, I Know Why the Caged
2003. Bird Sings.
McKay, Hilary. New Wind Mill,
Saffy's Angel. 1995.
P New Yorki Mais, Roger.
Magard K. McEldery, Brother Man.
2001. Oxford: Macmillan
Stenhouse,Ted. A Fitzgerald, Scott F.
Dirty Deed. The Great Gatsby.
New York: Kids Can Oxford: Heinemann,
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