A bit of history

The Read to me - I Love It! project began with a pilot of 30,  socially and culturally isolated (SaCI) and remote, 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. 

                    Kids reading in Strelley, 2010.


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 pilot communities, schools and organisations for 2010 were;

Ardyaloon, Balgo, Burringurah, Carnarvon, Fitzroy Crossing, Jigalong, John Pukajangka-Piyirn School, Karalundi, Kalumburu, Kulkarriya Community School, Leonora, Marble Bar, Mulan, Nullagine, Oombulgarri, Pandanus Park, Parnngurr, Pia Wadjuri, Punmu, Purnululu Community School, Roebourne, Strelley, Tjuntjuntjarra, Warburton, Wulungarra Community School, Yakanarra, and Yiyili.

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.

 David Wirrpanda, Director Wirrpanda Foundation and former West Coast Eagles Player.


                    Will Schofield, West Coast Eagles Player. 


                 Kids from Karalundi visit the State Library, 2011. 




Twitter Updates

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.