Key messages:

Read to your children every day.

Use your local library when you go into town.

Sharing stories and talking about the world with your child can help develop their literacy skills by increasing word knowledge and comprehension. You could create a lasting impact on your child's development and enjoy the fun of encouraging imagination by pointing out words in books and talking about feelings and concepts. 

The Read to Me - I Love it! program aims to make sharing stories easier for parents and carers in remote Aboriginal communities and socially and culturally isolated communities by providing access to books and literacy resources. In many communities these resources are limited, and the lack of a local library service often makes it hard for parents and children to share stories together.

Better Beginnings provides books and resources which reflect the history, culture and day-to-day life of remote Aboriginal families, and aims to make sharing stories easier and more meaningful.

Reading books in Karalundi 2011. 

Reading books to children from birth is a very important part of your child’s development.

Mary G reading Bangu the Fly Fox at the Broome Library.

Click here to see our Deadly Books and get some great suggestions for books to borrow from your library!

For specific tips on reading to four and five year olds or babies, follow the links.

Use the tips below when reading a book with your child. You can watch this segment with Mary G too.

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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. 
Parent
 

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.
Parent