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You are your child’s first and most important teacher.  Sharing books and reading aloud together is a wonderful way to give your child a good start at school. 

Dad and daughters reading

You can help your child enjoy reading by:

  --  Reading aloud together every day

  --  Talking about the story and pictures

  --  Choosing books together


Libraries can help you help your child with their reading.  

You and your child can borrow story books, picture books, audio CDs, magazines and more – and it’s free to join.  Some libraries provide computers with free internet use and special collections of books for beginning readers.  Some libraries run regular book clubs and free school holiday activities.  Many libraries that participate in the Better Beginnings program also have reading packs for children starting school, backpacks with puppets and picture books and sets of great read-aloud stories for families to borrow. 

"Relationships are the key. For relationships, minds have to engage. Ideas are essential, and books constitute a superlative source of ideas. Books can be bridges between children and parents, and children and the world." (Dorothy Butler, Babies Need Books. Bodley Head, 1980)