Did you know that it's never too early to read to your child? Babies enjoy being read to, and the importance of sharing books from an early age, lead to the development of Better Beginnings.

The Better Beginnings program brings together babies and books. Its coordinated by the State Library of WA and delivered through public libraries to support parents as their child’s first teacher. Parents with new born babies can collect their free Better Beginnings reading kit from their local library or from their Community Child Health Nurse.

@ Your Public Library

Your local public library is a great place to visit. As well as great books for you to borrow, you can join in fun activities like Storytime. It is free to join and borrow books at your library. You will also find booklists of suggested reading and displays that highlight great books from the collection.

Most public libraries throughout Western Australia run a wide range of activities and are able to provide you with a lot of support in reading to and enjoying language with your children.

Many libraries hold Baby Rhyme Times or Story times on a regular basis - weekly, fortnightly or monthly - that you can attend with your baby and/or other children.

Here is a sample of what you might expect from one of these sessions:

Baby Bounce or Rhyme Times

For very young babies from 0 to 2 years old. The sessions often include nursery rhymes and action songs as well as simple picture books. Often libraries provide print copies of the rhymes, songs and actions learnt.  For many parents it’s a chance to re-learn these and share others you might know. You will find your baby will love hearing you repeat these rhymes and songs at home and will soon be joining in.

Story Time Sessions

For young toddlers from about 2 to 5 years old. They build on the range of rhymes and action songs learnt - by this time the children are very active participants and these sessions are loud and fun events. Librarians choose picture story books more suited to this age group and they will often bring the stories to life with puppets, felt story boards or dress up costumes.

Sessions at the State Library

Weekly on Tuesday and Friday at 10:30am until Mon 11 Oct 2021
Sing songs, share rhymes and stories with your baby to help them develop their early literacy and learning skills in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
Weekly on Wednesday at 10:30am until Sun 10 Oct 2021
Big stories for little people. Interactive story fun for pre-schoolers and their carers.
Weekly on Monday at 10:30am until Thu 16 Dec 2021
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Come and join the fun where we will be reading stories, singing songs and exploring through play.
Weekly on Tuesday and Friday at 10:30am until Fri 10 Dec 2021
Songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their families, followed by an hour of Play Time to help develop early literacy and learning skills.
Weekly on Wednesday at 10:30am
Interactive story fun for pre-schoolers and their carers. Followed by a half hour Play Time where families can explore literacy and learning through reading, talking, singing, writing playing together.
Last updated on 5 October 2021