Better Beginnings for remote Aboriginal communities

Better Beginnings resources are distributed to families by locally-based services and people, including nurses, playgroups and schools.  When these local distribution partners provide the reading packs to families they pass on these important messages to parents and carers:

  -  Read, talk, sing and play with your children every day, from the time they are born
  -  You can use the pictures in the books to tell the story in your own words
  -  You are your child’s first and most important teacher
  -  Use the library when you go into town

If you live or work in a remote Aboriginal community and would like to know who your local Better Beginnings distribution partners are, please contact us on 9427 3130 or email better.beginnings@slwa.wa.gov.au


Deadly Discovery Backpacks

Deadly Discovery Backpacks - celebrating Aboriginal culture and stories

Available for loan at participating public libraries

The Deadly Discovery Backpacks have been developed as part of Better Beginnings' ongoing commitment to engaging Aboriginal families with library services and early literacy resources. They are available for families to borrow for free from participating public libraries in WA. The Deadly Discovery Backpacks focus specifically on Aboriginal culture and stories, and they feature books that have been written or illustrated by Aboriginal people. They provide Aboriginal families in metropolitan and regional areas with access to resources that are culturally inclusive, interactive and fun.

The Deadly Discovery Backpacks have been developed for families with children aged 2-5, and are suitable for any family with an interest in Aboriginal culture and stories. Each backpack contains books, a puppet and a musical instrument. The activity booklet inside the backpack encourages families to enjoy sharing stories, rhymes and literacy experiences together at home.

Ask about the Deadly Discovery Backpacks at your local public library.


NAIDOC Week 2012

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with your local Library and the State Library of WA.

History of the program for remote Aboriginal communities

Program History: Read To Me - I Love It!

The Read To Me - I Love It! program for Aboriginal families began in 2010 as a pilot program in 30 remote Aboriginal communities in WA. Over the course of the pilot, the State Library of Western Australia supplied books, posters, DVDs and other literacy resources to families. In each pilot community, local Aboriginal people were engaged to distribute the resources to families. These distributors usually worked in health centres, schools or other services in their communities. The objective of the program was to reach every child from birth to five years old, and to provide their parents with strategies to develop and strengthen home literacy practices.

After a successful pilot, the program was offered more widely from 2011. In addition to the original pilot communities, more than 70 new communities signed up between 2011 and 2013. Since the program commenced, the State Library of Western Australia has provided more than 30,000 reading packs to families in approximately 100 remote Aboriginal communities across Western Australia.

The program has been extensively and independently evaluated, which will shape exciting new directions for the program into the future.