A bit of history

The Read to me - I Love It! project began with a pilot of 30 Aboriginal communities in 2010. Over the course of this pilot the State Library of Western Australia (through Better Beginnings) supplied books, literacy aids, posters, t-shirts and DVD libraries to families throughout the Pilbara and Kimberley. 

The network of distributors  engaged with their local clinics, schools and playgroups to reach every child from birth to five years old and their parents, and provide them with strategies and resources to develop and strengthen home literacy practices.

The resources provided to these families are specifically designed and chosen to reflect Aboriginal culture, history and day-to-day life, in order to help make sharing books fun, relevant and easy for parents and carers.

The pilot communities for 2010 were:

  • Kalumburu
  • Oombulgarri
  • Balgo
  • Mulan
  • John Pujajangka-Piyirn School
  • Purnululu
  • Fitzroy Crossing
  • Pandanus Park
  • Ardyaloon
  • Jigalong
  • Roeburne
  • Marble Bar
  • Parnngurr
  • Yakanarra
  • Nullagine
  • Burringurrah
  • Warburton
  • Tjuntjuntjarra
  • Leonora
  • Pia Wadjari
  • Carnarvon
  • Strelley
  • Yiyili
  • Kulkarriya
  • Wulungarra
  • Karalundi
  • Punmu

After a successful pilot the program was rolled out state wide in 2011. As well as the original pilot communities more than 70 new communities signed up during 2011-2013, bringing the total to more than 100 Aboriginal communities and organisations.Jigalong School and Community

The reading packs sent to remote distributors are specifically developed to:

  • Engage Aboriginal families with early literacy skills and resources.
  • Compensate for limited community access to books and library services.

Twitter Updates

I always knew reading to my kids was important, but this has opened my eyes to how important and how much.
Parent
 

I tell stories in Vietnamese and read to my children in English.  I only started reading English after receiving Better Beginnings. 
Parent
 

One mother reads with her four year old every afternoon after school now.  She said without these books, they would not have any to read. 
Teacher, Remote Community School
 

I always knew reading to my kids was important, but this has opened my eyes to how important and how much.
Parent

I think it’s been a wonderful initiative.  I feel sure it’s going to benefit both the children and parents and develop links with the library.
Teacher
 

 

It’s wonderful to have support across the community emphasising the importance of reading and language development. 
Community Health Nurse
 

…I never thought of reading to the children.  Better Beginnings has really boosted my confidence.
Parent

Better Beginnings gave me confidence. I know reading is an everyday tool and teaching my children will help them be more successful in life.
Parent