Story seats help early literacy skills

Ten innovative story seats have been installed across the Sunshine Coast to help develop children’s early literacy skills.

The seats feature artwork from popular children’s authors to encourage a love of reading among little ones.

Made possible by the state government’s First 5 Forever funding, the story seats were planned and developed by council’s libraries team who negotiated with the children’s authors whose work is featured.

“They are a bright and engaging addition to our parks, and a positive way to encourage parents and caregivers to play a proactive role in the development of their child’s early literacy skills,” Sunshine Coast Mayor Jamieson said.

“We have an enviable outdoor lifestyle here on the Sunshine Coast and the story seats were created to embed literacy into the outdoor areas traditionally used for play.”

Story seats can be found in the following parks: Pioneer Park, Landsborough; Nelson Park, Alexandra Headland; Power Memorial Park, Mudjimba; Muller Park, Bli Bli; Russell Family Park, Montville;  Kenilworth town park; Kenilworth Maroochy Lions Park; Maroochydore Shelly Beach Park; Grahame Stewart Park, Currimundi; Brightwater Community Lake Park, Brightwater.