Building brighter babies through reading

Article image - Building brighter babies through reading Studies have shown that children who are read to from a young age have better outcomes throughout their lives.

Shoalhaven Council in south-eastern New South Wales is encouraging parents to sign up their babies to local libraries.

Shoalhaven Libraries has launched the Building Brighter Babies program, encouraging parents to apply for their baby’s first library card and starting a lifelong reading journey.

When joining the library, parents and their babies will receive a free library bag and book to keep, including information about reading to children and appropriate booklists.

There is a wealth of research showing that daily reading to children puts them almost a year ahead of those who are not being read to and listening to stories can help develop their attention span and imagination.

Studies have also shown that children who are read to from a young age have better outcomes throughout their lives, with about 85 per cent of brain development happening in the first five years of life.

Sarah Taylor, Council’s Unit Manager of Library Services, said reading is an enjoyable family activity.  

“Not only is reading an enjoyable activity for a child, but it is an opportunity for parents and babies to bond, spend time together and connect as a family.

“Your child’s library card will allow them to access resources, programs and services that will enhance their reading experience and impress upon them the importance and value of reading
at a young age.”

All Shoalhaven Libraries branches offer fun and free activities for young children and continue to provide for them as they grow.

Activities include Rhymetime for 0-18 months, Storytime for two- to five-year-olds and once they reach school age, there are many different holiday activities that can be attended.