8 March 2016 - 3:13pm

We are over the moon that the wonderful children’s author, Leigh Hobbs, has been announced as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016-2017!

One of our favourite titles by Leigh Hobbs, Mr Chicken Goes to Paris, is part of our 30 Books for 4’s and 5’s booklist. Look for it at and other favourites by Leigh Hobbs like Old Tom at your local library and on the beautiful Story Box Library website, it’s free to access with your WA public library or State Library card!

The theme for his role as Australian Children’s Laureate will be ‘to champion creative opportunities for children, and to highlight the essential role libraries play in nurturing our creative lives’.

'Libraries have played an enormous role in my life', he says. 'Reading and exploring history and art is something I have been able to do because of libraries. I’m passionately interested in histories and cultures and I hope that through my work I can encourage children to explore and experience these things too.'

Congratulations Leigh Hobbs, from all of us at Better Beginnings!

As a teacher of over 30 years, I have witnessed the Better Beginnings program helping to transform children’s lives and given them greater potential to grow, learn and develop, perform well at school and succeed in later life.
Councillor David Lagan, Deputy Mayor, City of Stirling

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

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

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 my baby.  Better Beginnings has really boosted my confidence.