Your child might like returning to favourite stories again and again. Be prepared to read them again and again, as repetition is also part of the process of learning to read.

Try pointing out selected words or letters and their sounds as you are reading. This helps to reinforce the connection between the written and spoken word. An alphabet hunt within the story (or while driving or at the supermarket) is a fun way to play with letter recognition.

Reading picture books together encourages discussion about your child’s world and can facilitate conversations around topics like anxiety or emotions. Encourage your child to choose books they would like to read or want to share with you. This is a great way to connect and learn about your child's interests. 

Visit Preschool 3 to 5 years on the Boroondara families hub for more information and services to support 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 preschool 3 to 5 years

Preschool Storytime is a regular Boroondara Library program with a mix of stories, songs and an activity. Sessions are a fun way to help establish a lifelong love of reading and build your child’s social confidence. Knowledgeable staff are on hand to help with reading recommendations. 

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