Sing With Me

Sing With Me! Better Beginnings program for two year olds

Click here to view a list of participating libraries

Singing and reading aloud with your child are two of the most important things you can do to nurture their early learning and brain development. The Better Beginnings Sing With Me reading pack provides parents with lots of resources to use at home.

The Sing With Me Pack includes:                                                                                                                                              

 - Your very own copy of Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Matt Shanks

 - A nursery rhyme CD and booklet with lyrics and activities

 - A nursery rhyme puzzle magnet to keep on your fridge at home

 - A list of great books for toddlers to look for at your local public library

For parents and carers

You can download or listen online to the songs from the Sing With Me nursery rhyme CD. Which one is your child's favourite?

The Parents and Carers Guide provides different ideas on how to use your Sing With Me pack. 


For libraries

Check out the Sing With Me resources available to support your library to deliver the program in your community. 


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Birth to Three

A free book for every baby in Western Australia

Reading to babies from birth is one of the best things you can do to build their early language skills and gives them an early love of books that will support their future success as readers.

Through Better Beginnings, every baby in Western Australia receives a free Better Beginnings reading pack with a specially designed board book, Baby Ways. Most importantly, the Better Beginnings pack is an invitation to visit and join your local public library, where you will find the thousand stories a child needs to hear before they start school, as well as Baby Rhyme Time and Story Time programs.


Read, talk, sing and play with your child every day

Better Beginnings brings together research and practice, babies and books, families and libraries by:

  --  introducing children to developmentally appropriate books and language activities 
  --  supporting parents as their child's first teacher
  --  raising awareness of the value and enjoyment of reading together
  --  linking families to the free services at their local public library

"I started reading to my baby at one week.  My husband thought there was no need. Now our baby is three months old and loves it.  Better Beginnings helped me to decide which books were good for my baby and showed us how to have fun reading, doing rhymes and actions and teaching our children." Parent, ECU Evaluation, 2009

Where can I pick up my free Reading Pack?

Free Books For Babies

Parents with newborn babies in WA can collect a free Better Beginnings reading pack from their local library or from their Community Child Health Nurse. 

You can find your nearest library using the Find a Library search at the top of this page.

You can also find your local child health clinic at the Healthy WA Website

Your reading pack includes:

  • A board book for your baby (this is a gift from your local council)
  • A nursery rhyme poster
  • A book list for babies and toddlers filled with great books to find at your local library
  • A brochure with tips for enjoying reading with your baby
  • 'It's Rhyme Time' booklet and DVD to sing along with
  • A library bag

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."
Emille Buchwal