Reading Initiatives That Your Child Should Be Part Of
Reading to babies, toddlers and older children is the best way to develop their language skills and encourage a love of books, supporting their future success as independent readers. Across Australia and around the world, many great early years reading initiatives have been set up to help navigate the world of early years reading – here’s a guide to our three favourites.
Goodreads is a great resource for finding new books and getting recommendations on books to choose for your child’s age and interests. The social network aspect of Goodreads enables you to see what books your friends are reading, keep track of the books you have read or want to read and access personalised recommendations.
The community reviews will help you to make the right decision on which resources will work best for your child. Visit their website to get started, and check out the categories for picture books, story time, nursery rhymes or Pre-K.
Better Beginnings is a reading initiative developed right here in Western Australia’s State Library. It aims to forge strong partnerships with local libraries across the state as well as working with local governments, health professionals and schools to build a literacy program focused on mothers and fathers as a child’s primary educator.
Their aim is to encourage and support activities that foster a love of reading in young children, build community awareness around the value of sharing stories and support local libraries as community reading hubs. Head to their website and explore the birth to three, four to five, books-to-go or aboriginal literacy categories.
The research institute behind Let’s Read is on a mission to encourage all Australian children to share books, stories and nursery rhymes every day from birth. This is a national initiative designed to increase home literacy resources and help families nurture their children’s literacy skills as they develop.
The website provides reading tips, tools and book suggestions listed by age, up to 3.5 years. There are two local Let’s Read community centres in Perth, one in Midland and one in Gosnells.
For more advice on reading with young children or to enrol your child at Hamersley Early Learning School, call us now on 08 6162 9119 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.