Free books for four and five year olds

Schools and Community Kindergartens are invited to participate with their local public library to receive free reading packs for every Kindergarten aged child. Your child's teacher can contact their local library to ask about being involved in the program.

Families with home-schooled children can contact their local public library to collect their free reading packs. You find your nearest library using the Find a Library search at the top of this page.

Pick up a Reading Pack

possum and wattle KpackYour child's reading pack includes:

  • a beautiful Australian children's picture book and activity
  • a library bag and
  • a green folder
  • activities and information about reading



Borrow A Discovery Backpack

Discovery BackpackYour library may also have one of these great Discovery Backpacks for you to borrow.
Discovery Backpacks contain:

  • picture books
  • audio CDs
  • puzzles, musical instruments or other reading games
  • reading tips and online activities for you and your child to do together


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.