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Australia’s decreasing Literacy Rates Inspires Australian Author to Write a Children’s Book’s Designed to Teach Children How to Read


VICTORIA, Australia, December, 2012 – An article written by Lee Harrison from UNICEF Australia states that this great nation is the only high-performing country to have experienced a decreasing rate of literacy in children. In fact, even with government attention and funding, the literacy levels of school children have not improved*.

“Encouraging a strong culture of reading at home is crucial to the development of literacy skills,” writes Lee Harrison. “Without doubt, this is very difficult with long work hours and frequently two parents in full time employment. Reading a book every day, or even just talking about children’s experiences at school, can make a substantial difference to the development of language and literacy. School is certainly important, but assisting kids with reading can happen at home too.”

Victorian author and natural therapist Lee-anne Fairbairn wholeheartedly agrees. “I believe it is very important that parents and children are able to read together because this is quality family time, but also a way to make education and improving literacy comprehension fun. It’s also a great way to teach lessons to the next generation in a story they enjoy.”

Lee-anne has written a heartfelt and magical Australian Christmas book for children that aims to encourage both children and their parents to read.  With a touch of whimsy and the spirit of Christmas playing a major role in the book ‘Oh Deer! Christmas Magic’, Australian children and every parent’s inner child will be persuaded to open the book and start reading.

With the silly season fast approaching, sometimes the true meaning of Christmas is forgotten. Instead of thinking that Christmas is just a time to receive gifts – it is actually a time for families to reconnect and focus more on giving rather than on what is being given. With all the trappings of tinsel and technology, kids often forgot that love, whether the love of self or the love for others, has far more value than any material things.

Lee-anne Fairbairn, author of ‘Oh Deer! Christmas Magic’ says, “This children’s Christmas book is really a story of wonder and healing, helping children to reconnect with their true selves and their loving family, while they connect  with the true spirit of Christmas.”

According to Narelle Evans, a Safety Educator, “Lee-anne captures the Magic of Christmas in a wonderful adventure. She draws on a lifetime of experience of guiding children’s learning and development at all stages and ages and has engaged this incredible insight into how children relate, their love of adventure and imagination to produce a unique story that comes from the heart. My children loved the story and reading it is now going to become a Christmas tradition for us.”

The Christmas book for kids, ‘Oh Deer! Christmas Magic’ book and eBook,   available for purchase at It is about a magical tale of a boy who wishes for a new best friend for Christmas and instead receives a whole lot more (including the true meaning of Christmas). It stirs compassion, unconditional love, and the belief that miracles can indeed happen for everyone.


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