Having quick access to lists of great books for children of different ages and interest is important for educators and parents and carers. There are many sources of quality book lists available and we have drawn some together here.
Why read to young children?
Children who are read to in the pre -school years have many advantages (refer to https://www.education.vic.gov.au Reading to Young Children: A Head Start in Life a summary of research findings about the connections between parents reading to their young children and their child’s later reading and other cognitive skills, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Victoria)
One of the key findings in this research is:
-The frequency of reading to children at a young age has a direct causal effect on their schooling outcomes regardless of their family background and home environment.
Other findings in this research document include:
- Children who are read to more frequently at an early age enter school with larger vocabularies and more advanced comprehension skills.
- Reading storybooks to children is one of the most important activities for developing the knowledge required for eventual success in reading.
Books suggested by NSW public library staff and assessed by the academic partners in this project.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander characters
Culturally and linguistically diverse characters
(please note the focus is English language books that feature CALD characters)
Gender, sex and sexually diverse characters
Characters with disability
Characters from regional or rural areas
Jennings, Paul- The Reading Bug... and How You Can Help- Penguin 2008
Moloney, James- Boys And Books- ABC Books 2002