Our Book Gifting program is designed to encourage all families to read, sing, talk and play with their children. The packs are given to families by Child and Family Health nurse as part of a home visit, as well as educational and outreach programs and services. The pack contains high quality age appropriate books, as well as parental information on why it is essential to read, sing, talk and play daily.
By educating families to engage with their young children in shared reading, we’re 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.
To continue to support children’s development we offer ongoing picture books recommendations, tip sheets, and activities, through our Featured Stories program.
Key highlights of the Reading Pack project
70% of families are reading to their children more often
65,000 home libraries established each year
550,000 book packs distributed since 2006
700 services supported with book packs
Over 1000 services across SA distributed book packs direct to families