Victoria’s toddlers will receive around 280,000 free books over the next four years, thanks to a $2.1 childhood literacy program from the State Government.
A literacy pack containing a rhyme booklet, information on libraries and the first consignment of books–Jeannette Rowe’s Whose Nose? Feet? Ears? (ABC Books)–will be distributed to 800 maternal and child health centres next week.
‘All studies show children have a much easier time with literacy at school when they are already familiar with activities like reading at home,’ Deakin University education lecturer, Leonie Rowan, told The Age.