We love readers at NewsLocal.  As a community newspaper group, we try to keep their interests front of mind in everything we do.

After all, putting out a reader-less paper would be as pointless as trying to play Quidditch without flying broomsticks, a quaffle and a golden snitch.

And thanks to wonderful writers such as J.K. Rowling, new generations of readers are able to discover the joys of immersing themselves in books and the written word.

This is particularly important in an age where the temptation for many is to live their lives through the screens to which eyes seemed glued from morning to night.

Regular reading at a young age creates varied nerual pathways in young brains.

It fosters imagination, curiosity and creativity which set children up for a lifetime of learning.

It is an important building block for building engaged and thriving communities - the sort of communities that our newspapers aim to inform, entertain and help knit together.

That is why we are proud to support the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge, a wonderful initiative aimed at fostering the delight of reading in the young which continues to grow in popularity.

Over the course of the Challenge we will promote the joys of books and chronicle the progress of participants in our 20 community newspapers.

Our Words and Art competition is running again this year, so don't forget to get your entries in!

Happy reading!

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You might like to discover this book from the 5-6 booklist.

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As you like it: a Shakespeare story

"Duke Senior has been forced into exile from the court by the usurping Duke Frederick. He takes refuge in the Forest of Arden with a band of faithful lords, and what follows is a hilarious tale of love and mistaken identity. This series gives young readers the chance to discover Shakespeare for themselves. Also included are useful notes on the themes within the stories and a background to the Globe Theatre."

Matthews, Andrew & Ross, Tony (ill)