Seven-year-old Phoenix Wragg from Woodstock wants to share her love for books with children of needy schools in her area.
She is part of a school project called Read-a-thon Week and collects books that children would love to read.
She says she has collected 30 of her targeted 50 books so far.
Phoenix, a learner of Sea Point Primary School, says: “I really love books and I love reading, so this is pretty cool for me to do.”
She says she wishes all schools could have libraries “so that children can learn to read and learn to love books”.
“When you read books or your family reads books to you, you can go on an adventure, because the words and the story can take you anywhere in the world with your imagination.
“If everyone at the school brought 50 books then the other school would need lots more space for all the books and they will be so happy and then maybe they will be able to share their books with other schools too,” says Phoenix.
She says she wants to encourage learners of schools that do not yet have libraries to know there is help out there, especially the school that is going to collect books.
She encourages learners to, even though they do not have a school library, try and find a library that is close to their home and get a library card.
“They can also borrow books from family and friends, because books are for sharing and enjoying with everyone and you can even read the same book over and over again, it is just like watching a movie but even better because you make up the people in your own head,” says Phoenix.
Her mother, Tammy Tinline, says: “It is wonderful to see my daughter committed to a school project at such a tender age, especially this project.”
She says though it is not always easy to fully commit to helping her daughter, she tries to give her school work and activities as much time as she can.