National Year of Reading 2012

Featured Ambassadors

Feature Week 25: Musicians
Giggly Kids

We are pleased to feature some of our musically inclined ambassadors during week 25 of the National Year of Reading: concert pianist Anna Goldsworthy; and Dave Bailiht and Kate Jarvis who perform together as the Giggly Kids.

Christmas in the Library
Christmas in the Library
Giggly Kids
Giggly Kids
Mem Fox
Mem Fox
NYR Launch Rundle Mall
NYR Launch Rundle Mall
NYR Launch
NYR Launch

About Giggly Kids

Kate Jarvis and Dave Bailiht have combined their talents to create Giggly Kids Musical Entertainment. They are both trained actors and musicians, able to play are wide range of instruments. Giggly Kids lively shows aim to engage children and help them to learn through music, comedy and theatre.

Based in South Australia, they have performed across Australia and internationally for several years, to an estimated audience of over 300,000 children, teachers, parents and carers. Their children's theatre and music touring experience has included work with Splash Theatre Company and the Australian Shakespeare Company and their own touring productions with the Queensland and Victorian Arts Councils.

Dave and Kate are enthusiastic National Year of Reading supporters. They got the year off to a great start in South Australia when they took part in the launch in the Rundle Mall and have incorporated a reading theme into many of their performances this year.

Giggly Kids thoughts on reading and The Reading Hour

Reading is a life skill that no one should have to do without. It gives us a unique perspective by being able to see the world through different eyes. It helps us learn and grow as people and enriches life on a scale that is beyond any other medium.

Giggly Kids love to help make libraries exciting places to visit. We gently encourage young people through positive experiences that reading is fun and exciting.

The phrase "An hour a week or ten minutes a night gives kids the best start in life" is a great way to help start literacy as early as possible in people. We hope through our 'Love to Read' song that we can help put people in libraries and heads in books! Enjoy!!

Dave Bailiht

Dave's reading habits

  • Reading comes to me in waves. There have been months when reading for me is just newspapers and street signs. Then BANG! I find a book that I can't put down. Then I'll read over breakfast, getting dressed in the morning, brushing my teeth even in the shower!!
  • I have two nieces that are the cutest thing in the world. My favourite book to read to them at the moment is 'My uncle's donkey' by Tohby Riddle. My uncle's donkey is allowed in the house. And in the house, the donkey gets up to all sorts of things - he talks to his friends on the phone, does hoof stands in the kitchen, cartwheels in the living room, takes long baths and stays up late. It all seems quite normal for the uncle. I would like to get a donkey like that. It makes the girls giggle. They think the donkey is silly but I just think he knows how to have a good time.

  • My favourite place to read would be on public transport. Commuting can be really slow and boring but when my head is in a book I can be anywhere. Flying on a broomstick with Harry Potter in a Quidich match or fighting dragons in a fantasy land. Getting from A to B has never been more exciting.

  • Recently I re-read the book that pulled me back into reading after I'd lost touch in my early teens. 'Magician' by Raymond E Feist was the first book that I read that was thicker than a sandwich. It is such a great read. I remember reading it; all 831 pages of it aloud over 3 days in my parent's attic and having it totally blow my mind. I'd even stand up and act it out for the exciting bits.

  • My first ebook I read was 'Winnie the Pooh' a classic tale of Pooh and his friends on all their adventures. It reminded me of going on adventures with my toys in the back garden when I was younger. What a silly bear!

  • E readers are great but they don't have the book smell. It's a strange thing but a magical thing happens when you slap a stack of paper together and bind it. Mmmmmm book smell.
  • One of my favourite memories of my local library was catching the bus after school, going to the local library to find a Tintin or Asterix book finding a quiet corner and losing myself in epic adventures. Still to this day I can't decide which I like better Tintin or Asterix. One thing is for sure the books are always better than the movies.

  • Sometimes I love a book so much that I don't want it to ever end. I have a little trick for this, I haven't heard of anyone else doing this and I don't tell people this because it's a bit strange but I won't read the last couple of pages. That's right, I'll stop reading it and in doing so I won't ever know the conclusion hence never giving the book a proper ending. I've done this to three or four books that I love but don't want to finish in fear that the story will end. Now they live in my mind without an ending...forever...
  • My inspiration for reading I can thank my Mum. She loves a good read and has suggested many books to me. She reads everything and always has a waiting list of four or five next to her bed. Where I love fantasy adventure novels and books about donkeys; her favourite genre is love stories set in the Second World War. It sounds like a niche genre but I'm amazed at how many are out there, she's read hundreds. My Dad also loves reading mainly newspapers, technical manuals and the financial review.
  • My most recent genre discovery is popular psychology. How cool are brains? Well the answer as I found out is: very. Both 'Brain rules' by John Medina and 'Outliers' by Malcolm Gladwell taught me that popular psychology is amazing. 'Outliers': The story of success taught me that overnight successes usually happen after years of a lot of hard work and everything is about timing. I think it's time for me to go and read a book.

  • Kate Jarvis

    Kate's reading habits

  • When do you read? My favourite time to read is at night, in bed, with a cup of tea and my electric blanket on. I am also quite partial to lying on the beach in summer with a good book under an umbrella.
  • What's the book you've read most often? I have read and re-read and re-read a beautiful book; Paulo Coelho's 'The alchemist'. It was a gift for my 13th birthday and I think I read it yearly to remind me to always follow my dreams.

  • How do you get hold of books? I really love going to the library for new content to read, but a lot of the books I own are treasured gifts that I've received from friends and family.
  • Did you like to read as a child? I was a big reader! I'm lucky to have parents who love to read; our family read together a lot when I was a child. I was encouraged to pick new books often, either from the library or the school book club newsletter.
  • Do you have a favourite book from your childhood? I just ADORED Enid Blyton's books. I collected so many as a child but a few of my favourites are 'Naughty Amelia Jane!', 'The children of Cherry Tree Farm', 'The magic faraway tree' and 'The famous five' series. I always wished I had a gang like the famous five and we'd go out and solve mysteries and stop the baddies.

  • Print books, ereader or both? I'm a fan of the good old print book for novels. But if I want to read news and recent articles I find digital readers more convenient.
  • Which book is by your bedside right now? 'Water for elephants' by Sara Gruen. I've only just read a few pages but I'm so excited to get stuck into it! It's been on my must-read list for ages and once I've read it I'll see the film too.

  • Where do you read? I have two favourite places, one is in bed where I can get cosy and warm and the other is in the backyard in a beanbag when it's sunny.
  • Do you have a favourite genre? I have to say, I am a fan of the Romance genre. I'll admit it; I don't mind a Mills and Boon cheesy romance!!

  • Do your ever cheat and read the end of the book first? Never! I love the element of surprise, so finding out the ending first would ruin the magic.

Kate's favourite reads

  • 'Around the world in 80 dates' by Jennifer Cox A brave and hilarious account of a woman who travels the world to find her soul mate. A true story, totally fascinating and entertaining. I love, love, love this book.

  • 'Almost French' by Sarah Turnbull A brave and hilarious account of a woman who travels the world to find her soul mate. A true story, totally fascinating and entertaining. I love, love, love this book.

Out and about with the Giggly Kids

Giggly Kids are embarking on a tour of Queensland to promote the Reading Hour and Book Week which is coming up soon. We were invited up by the Mundubbera community to help promote The Reading Hour and we decided to visit as many libraries and schools as possible! So we have 16 shows throughout Queensland which we are very very excited about.

For all the dates and locations of the Giggly Kids tour, take a look at the National Year of Reading events calendar:

The Reading Hour

Encouraging everyone to read and especially sharing books with our children for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week is The Reading Hour message.

We know it's not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children, but if you can manage 10 minutes most nights, your child will have the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that brings.

Take a look at this wonderful video produced by Disney Junior in support of The Reading Hour:

The Reading Hour is for everyone and events for all age groups will be held around Australia on August 25th 2012, and in the weeks before and after. Visit your local library or bookstore to find out what events and activities are taking place, or check our events calendar:

Want more information about The Reading Hour?

Reading Hour website

Reading Hour wiki

Want to know more?

  • To read more about the Giggly Kids, take a look at their website:


  • Select the following link to read about Anna Goldsworthy, our other featured ambassador for week 25:

    Anna Goldsworthy

  • If you want to see the other National Year of Reading ambassadors, go to our ambassadors page.

    Click here

  • Other featured ambassadors can be found on the ambassador feature week listing.

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