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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” – Dr Seuss.

It was a sea of costumes across primary school grades,

As students took part in today’s Book Week parade.

An annual event that celebrates the importance of reading,

Part of National Book Week and it seems it’s succeeding.

Minister for Education Eva Lawler was at Millner Primary,

There was a Batman, a Where’s Wally and even Hermione! 

She said “Book Week’s a huge event for Territory schools,

“As it’s not only fun but it gives students the tools.

“To get engaged and excited – to learn and to look,

“And see the adventures you can have while reading a book.”

Book Week’s been an annual event for 72 years of fun.

Becoming a celebration of reading for the old and the young.

“We must remember to read,” Ms Lawler said.

“Whether kids read at school, or at home, or in bed.

“Gaining the joy of reading is an exciting thing,

“It’s a vital skill for life – and think of the joy it can bring.

“It is fantastic to see the students excited enough,

“About their favourite books to be dressing up.

“Thanks to the staff, to the parents and to all of the folks,

“Who spent hours drawing whiskers and putting buttons on cloaks.”

Media Contact: Jake Hauritz – 0478 128 268