Reading For Pleasure

Year 7 and Year 8 students commenced their school year with a riveting presentation on the pleasure of reading.

Paul Macdonald, Master Storyteller and owner of The Children’s Bookshop at Beecroft, delivered an hour-long discourse on the power and pleasure of reading which also improves literacy.

The presentation was wide-ranging, discussing various genres including the classics, young adults, picture books, graphic novels, and non-fiction. The presentation was interspersed with personal tales of reading, writing and bookselling plus plenty of opportunities for students to share their own thoughts on books they had read. 

He encouraged the students to embrace reading, to not be afraid of reading challenging books, to try different authors and genres and lastly to pick up a classic every so often.

His energy and passion for reading for pleasure was contagious and the students left the Library full of enthusiasm for their next book.

Paul is a passionate advocate of reading for enjoyment with a particular focus on encouraging adolescents and young adults to continue reading to develop their literacy skills.

Paul Mcdonald’s impressive resume includes a Master of Education, along with studies at the Globe Theatre, London. Prior to owning The Children’s Bookshop, he worked for almost 20 years as a teacher in primary and secondary schools. He is the recipient of numerous awards in teaching including the Premier’s English Teachers Association English Scholarship and the New South Wales Quality Teachers Award. He also received the Maurice Saxby Award in 2012 for his contributions to raising the profile of teen fiction and was winner of the 2016 Lady Cutler Award for services to children’s literature and literacy in Australia.