"Reading aloud and sharing stories with your child is a great way to spend time together. Sharing stories, talking and singing every day helps your child's development. You're helping your child become familiar with sounds, words, language and the value of books. This all builds your child's early literacy skills, helping him to go on to read successfully later in life.
Reading stories sparks your child's imagination, stimulates curiosity and helps with brain development. Interesting illustrations and word patterns – such as rhymes – can get your child talking about what she's seeing and thinking, and help her understand the patterns of language."
First 5 Forever storytime
First 5 Forever storytime is an interactive program for preschool children and babies featuring songs, rhymes, stories and craft. This is a free event conducted in a relaxed atmosphere with a focus on fun for all preschool children, babies and their caregivers.
These activities are designed to help prepare your children for school and encourage:
First 5 Forever sessions include singing, rhymes, stories and craft activities. Sessions are held weekly at the following locations:
Visit first5forever.org.au for more information.
First 5 Forever is an initiative of the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland.
Reading tips and tools for families to share rhymes, songs and stories with children anywhere, anytime from birth to five years.letsread.com.au
The Little Big Book Club
The Courier-Mail Little Big Book Club is a portal to the world of books and reading, promotes reading, the discussion of books and the promotion of Australian authors and illustrators.