STORY: Johnny and Feofaaki Kavapele read to their new baby Sosefo Maka.
STORY: Johnny and Feofaaki Kavapele read to their new baby Sosefo Maka. Rob Williams

Book initiative targets babies

SOSEFO Maka Kavapele is only three days old, but he is already well on his way to becoming an avid reader.

As one of Ipswich's newest residents, Sosefo Maka was one of the newborn babes presented with a book package.

The initiative, called Books for Babies, is a project run by the Friends of Ipswich Library Service (FOILS) and Ipswich City Council.

Babies born at Ipswich Hospital and St Andrew's Ipswich Private Hospital have been receiving the special literary gifts all month long.

Sosefo Maka's mum Feofaaki Kavapele said the initiative helped parents become aware of the importance of reading to kids.

Ipswich City Council Tourism and Libraries Committee chairperson Cr David Pahlke said reading aloud to children each day could help wipe out childhood illiteracy.

He said Books for Babies was designed to link in with Children's Book Week, and would run till the end of the month.



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