Raise a Reader

Make the most of your child’s first 5 years and Raise a Reader! 

Ready to Raise a Reader?

We are pleased to participate in the Raise a Reader campaign, highlighting the benefits of sharing stories with your children – right from birth – and celebrating wonderful Australian authors.

It’s easy to get started

You can visit your local library to borrow books or join a free First 5 Forever session and sing, dance and share stories together with other parents and caregivers and their children in a fun and supportive atmosphere. 

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Family share puzzle with toddler

Did you know? Up to 90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first 5 years? Research tells us that when babies and children get what they need it can have a lasting effect on their future. Sharing stories, singing, talking and playing with your child from birth builds…

baby playing

Ready to get started but not sure where to begin? Here are four things you can try today. Try a new word Use words you don't usually use and expand your child's vocabulary. Instead of "hot", try "sweltering", or instead of "tired", try "exhausted". Upside down When you are reading…

Parents singing to baby

Singing with your baby or toddler is a fun and fantastic way for them to hear sounds and learn new words. Singing develops early literacy Recent research has indicated that singing nursery rhymes with young children in a fun and interactive way can contribute to later literacy abilities. Don't worry...