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Literary Treasure Hunt

A mom in the town of Braidwood in Australia had a unique idea to spark interest in reading among kids. She hid books, which are in plastic sleeves to protect them from damage, all over the community– on park benches, in shop windows, and on street corners. Kids are sent on a treasure hunt of sorts to find a book in the neighborhood. They take the book home to read, sign their name in it, and then get to re-hide it somewhere else for another kid to find. The concept has been a huge hit for youth in Braidwood and has gotten children excited about reading and finding new books. It also allows for kids to spend more time adventuring outside as they scour for books and locations to re-hide the ones they’ve finished. Many communities in the United States, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom have started to take on the trend.

Image via ABC Australia

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