Since 2006, The Little Big Book Club's FREE Reading Pack project has given out 370,000 reading bags to South Australian families with children aged from birth to five years, helping to establish home libraries and foster positive parent and child engagement right from the start.
By educating families to engage with their young children in shared reading, we are creating a future where South Australian babies and children are read to every day. This simple, but crucial activity underpins their ability to achieve lifelong learning and social inclusion and greatly improves their overall health and wellbeing.
This important universal reading development initiative encourages families to read, play, talk and sing with their young children every day to support the development of early literacy and numeracy skills and importantly, a lifelong love of books and reading.
Each year, 63,000 Reading Packs are distributed to families with a baby, toddler or preschool aged child via agencies such as Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS), neonatal hospitals, Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) Children's Centres, DECD Catholic Education supported playgroups, government, catholic and independent preschools/kindergartens and selected outreach services. There are 700 services across the state that are supported with reading packs for families.
Key highlights of the Reading Pack project
*Hill, S., Forster, J., & Ward, C. (2014) Babies and Books: A longitudinal study into family reading practices with children from birth to three years. Adelaide, University of South Australia.
The Little Big Book Club would like to acknowledge its founding partners The Advertiser and The State Government of South Australia for their continued support of the Reading Pack project.