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