Early literacy and Better Beginnings
Better Beginnings is a statewide, family literacy program. It promotes reading and the love of books in children from an early age. Better Beginnings was developed by the State Library of Western Australia, and aims to support parents as their children’s first teacher. To support Better Beginnings the following events and workshops are available:
It’s never too early to start reading to your baby or child. Reading, rhyming, singing and talking with your child is one of the best things you can do to give them a head start in school and life.
Literacy bags to borrow from Joondalup Libraries
You can borrow Better Beginning backpacks and Read Aloud book sets from your City of Joondalup Library. Packs vary and will suit children of different ages up to five years.
Better Beginnings backpacks include:
- Picture books
- Educational game
- Musical instrument
Read Aloud book sets
The Read Aloud book sets contain 10 books which are great stories for families to read together.
Literacy bags to keep
Better Beginnings – Newborn
This kit includes a board book, information about reading to your baby and how to get involved in Library activities. Parents can collect their free Better Beginnings reading kit from a City of Joondalup Library or from their Community Child Health Nurse.
Sing With Me – Toddler
The packs include an Australian children’s picture book and a CD of nursery rhymes. Visit your local City of Joondalup Library to pick up your free Sing With Me pack.
Better Beginnings – Kindy
Each pack contains a free picture book that encourages families to read together. Your free pack is available only from your child’s Kindergarten or Early Learning Centre.