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