Your child might like returning to favourite stories again and again so be prepared to read them over and over. Reading the same story offers children something new each time they hear it and helps their language development and confidence.

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. Provide phonemic awareness by pointing out that each letter of the alphabet has a name and a symbol (grapheme) and that each of these letters can create different sounds (phonemes) on their own and with other letters. 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 support 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.

Further resources:

Book recommendations

Digital resources for children

Our eBook collection on the Overdrive website has hundreds of great picture book and early reader titles. You can access Overdrive in your internet browser, or you can download the Libby app to read eBooks on the go.

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

The Story Box Library website 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

We offer a range of events and activities for children.

To find events and programs:

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