A reading to celebrate
SMILE Crocodile, Smile is half-way through and more than 30 children are listening to the story.
It's an amazing achievement by Hecate Hadley, library assistant at Lismore Library and story teller to local kids.
"Larabella the crocodile brushes her crocodile teeth," reads Hecate, and moves on to Ten Crocodiles In A Bed.
By the time the 30 children and their parents move on to making crocodile paper puppets, it is clear the kids loved the reptile-themed books.
In the lead-in to Children's Book Week, August 18 to 24, libraries across the Northern Rivers are getting ready to celebrate children's literature.
Rebecca Bryant from Lismore, mother to four-year-old twins and a seven-year-old, said she had been reading to her children for almost five years.
"At home we read books constantly. My kids love books. Each one chooses their own book at night, and once we have read them they go to bed," she said.
Holding daughter Kiki, Mrs Bryant said: "Hecate is great, she loves the kids and the kids love coming here and reading with her."
Hecate Hadley explained that every book has a small lesson for the kids.
"Ten Crocodiles In A Bed, for instance, is about helping them count backwards from 10 to one, as they struggle with that at this age," she said.
Other books are about social skills, accepting differences between people or dealing with conflict.
National Children's Book week, a tradition of 67 years, has a modern twist as schools and students fundraise to help build a school in Cambodia through the Stubbies World Change Challenge.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Where Is The Green Sheep?
Where The Wild Things Are
Why I Love Mummy