Giving the gift of literacy for 22 years

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Southland Literacy Society president Gina White (right) presents mother Victoria Morton, baby Elsie Pemberton and father Lee Pemberton with a book from the Books for Babies programme.

BABY Elsie Pemberton was just 12 hours old when she received her copy of the book Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on Tuesday.

The gift was from the Southland Literacy Society (SLS), which has been running a Books for Babies’ programme for the past 22 years.

The programme was to ensure all tamariki (children) born in Southland received a literacy pack containing a book as well as information on how to read to a baby and recommended book titles.

The book was presented by SLS president Gina White, ILT foundation representative Suzanne Prentice and Community Trust South trustee Trish Boyle.

For second-time mum Victoria Morton, the gift of the book on Elsie’s first day would be something she would treasure.

“When we read her the book in the future, we will be able to remember the day she was born.”

Father Lee Pemberton said it was nice to receive something.

Elsie was born on Tuesday morning at Southland Hospital weighing 7 pound 8 ounces.

Mother and baby were doing extremely well.

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