It’s not rocket science but the key to improving early literacy is parent engagement.
A recent survey commissioned by Dymocks and conducted by YouGov found that more than two in five Australian kids (39%) own fewer than 11 books. So let’s turn that on its head and help our kids build the foundation for a brighter future by simply reading them a bedtime story.
Parents who value books in the home and are reading role models are crucial to shaping good literacy outcomes for their children. Literacy expert Louise Park says there’s a clear opportunity for parents to influence their child’s literacy development.
“The key to engaging young readers is to get them started as early as possible. Reading aloud to your kids every day builds the foundations for successful literacy acquisition. As they begin to ready themselves guide them in how to choose a book that is right for them. And then, when they are reading independently, letting them choose the books they want to read and book ownership are two of the most important things you can offer as a parent.”
Dymocks has launched a major national campaign Books for Kids to increase book ownership, promote reading for fun and raise literacy levels among disadvantaged children. From August 12 to 26, for every children’s book sold, Dymocks will donate to local literacy support programs for students who need it most. More than 12,000 students across Australia will benefit from this literacy windfall.
International superstar David Walliams has joined some of Australia’s best-loved children’s authors including Sally Rippin, Aaron Blabey, Jacqueline Harvey, Adam Spencer and Australian children’s laureate Leigh Hobbs in supporting Dymocks Books for Kids.
And to help you pick the best books for young children, here’s the top sellers in the category.
With over 30 years experience as a journalist and TV producer, Robyn Foyster is the owner and publisher of the lifestyle websites TheCarousel.com, GameChangers.com.au and WomenLoveTech.com.
Robyn was voted one of the 30 most powerful women in media at the 2015 B&T Women In Media Awards.
Previously, Robyn was the Publisher and Editor of Australia's three biggest flagship magazine brands - The Australian Women's Weekly, Woman's Day and New Idea.
Robyn won Editor of the Year at the 2007 Magazine of the Year Award and under her helm The Australian Women's Weekly won the inaugural 2008 Australian Magazine Award for Australia's best mass market magazine and New Idea won the MPA's coveted Magazine of the Year award.