“Babies Needs Books” is a lovely book written by Dorothy Butler, and illustrated by Shirley Hughes in 1980. While it is now 37 years old, the discussion and sentiments remain relevant to today’s children, helping to promote literacy development in the pre-school years. . Dorothy follows on with another book entitled “Five to Eight”, which suggests numerous books for children in the early years of primary school.

Reading to children

Mem Fox, Australian author, has written another book “Let’s read”, which clearly describes ways to promote your child’s early literacy and support them in their learning.

One of the most wonderful things you can do with your infant, toddler, preschool and school aged child is to read to them. It is never too early to start reading to your baby.

Sharing reading with your child can be an enjoyable activity for both parent and child, can enhance your relationship with your child and support their early language development and later literacy development.

Do not be constrained by your budget or the size of the book case in your home. The local libraries in Australia provide a wealth of wonderful children’s resources. You will also find some libraries have children’s books in foreign languages also.

I encourage you to visit your local library, speak to the children’s librarian, and enjoy a wealth of books with your child.