Reading together is a fun activity to share with your child, even when independent reading has begun. Try not to force your child to learn to read or read aloud, as it will become a chore, and they may lose confidence. If your child would like to read to you, avoid being critical about mistakes.

Reading aloud to a pet or toy can help overcome the fear of getting the words wrong, as well as modelling your own mistakes when reading aloud. If your child gets stuck with a word, try and encourage them to have a go using their knowledge of letters and sound and their understanding of the book. 

Early readers have clear, simple text, designed to encourage independent reading. The Early Reader collection at Boroondara Library Service is identified with bright orange stickers. There are a number of series available, each with its own reading levels.

When choosing an early reader, look for:

  • Word repetition
  • One or two simple sentences per page
  • Large text 
  • Picture clues
  • Limited vocabulary

The desire to learn to read is increased when children select their own reading materials and pursue their own interests. From magazines to biographies and gaming guides, our non-fiction collections hold a variety of subjects and formats for kids to pursue their passions. Each visit to the library provides opportunity for new discoveries. 

Visit Primary school ages 5-10 on the Boroondara families hub for more information and services for you and your child.

Book recommendations

Digital resources for children

Overdrive eBook collection has hundreds of great picture book and early reader titles. Access is via Overdrive in your browser, or download the Libby app to read eBooks on the go.

Kanopy Kids is not just great for movies, it also has over 200 popular picture books that have been animated for a unique storytelling experience.

Story Box Library has a wealth of top Australian picture books, read aloud by some of our favourite authors, actors and performers. Make a playlist and settle in for storytime, anytime.

Programs for early primary 5 to 8 years

Make it! After school club is a Boroondara Library Service program that is a great way for school age kids to have hands on fun with craft, construction and science with opportunity to build social skills. These sessions make connections to our resource rich collections and encourage further learning and open ended creativity. 

Visit the Boroondara School Holiday Activity page for fun school holiday programs across Boroondara. 

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