City of Wodonga


Children's literacy

Story Time clock

The Story Time Anytime project was launched by us in 2007 to support families in their role of providing children with the best start for learning.

It promotes that 'ten minutes a day' should be spent sharing stories and building a love of literacy through reading, talking, singing and dancing, drawing, and playing together.

How to get involved?

  • Share 10 minutes each day with your child in story time;
  • Visit the Wodonga Library and let your child become a member;
  • Collect your Let's Read package from your maternal and child health nurse at key stage visits¬†- four¬†months, 12 months,¬†two years and 3.5 years;
  • Participate in literacy events within the community such as City of Wodonga Children's' Fair, Book Week, Story Time at the library, neighbourhood storytelling and storytelling online via YouTube;
  • Join a playgroup; and¬†
  • Enjoy your own personal reading and be a role model.

Why telling stories is important?

  • Listening to stories assists in early literacy growth;
  • Storytelling builds bonds between children and their parents;
  • Literacy begins at home from birth and is most critical in the first five years of life;
  • Stories are a natural way to teach children about their world; and¬†
  • Daily story time provides children with a good start for school.

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Things to do at home

  • Read road signs while in the car;
  • Talk about the day's events;
  • Sing songs during bath time;
  • Discuss items on your shopping list;
  • Read a favourite story together;
  • Dress-up and dance to music;
  • Paint a picture and talk about it;
  • Play a game and have fun;
  • Tell a story about when you were young;
  • Use a recipe to make a cake; and
  • Make up silly rhymes.

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It's never too early to start reading to your child

You can start reading to your child when they are a few days old. They will love:

  • The sound of your voice;
  • Feeling at ease as they are being cuddled; and
  • Quiet time spent together.

As your child gets older, reading stories will help him/her to learn:

  • How to focus on pages and pictures;
  • Left-right co-ordination;
  • What words sound like when they are read aloud;
  • How to concentrate to the end of the story; and
  • Books are fun.

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Ideas for reading aloud to your children

  • Find a quiet place. Turn of the television;
  • When you read aloud with children have fun with it - be daring not dull, children will pick up on your enjoyment and be filled with joy themselves;
  • Children love to have there favourite stories read to them over and over again;
  • Children will begin to remember the words in there favourite stories and read along with you;
  • Talk about the pictures and words in the book as well as reading the story;
  • Look for rhyme, rhythm and repetition in books;
  • Read short books to younger children, increase the word content as your children develop; and
  • Reading aloud every day with your children allows you to snuggle together as a family.

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50 Great Australian Picture Books to share with children

This booklet follows on from the Story Time Anytime concept of reading with your child for '10 minutes a day'.

It lists 50 great Australian picture storybooks that you can read to your children, giving parents a guide to good stories.

The booklet includes information for parents and carers on the importance of reading to your children, and ideas for where and how you can involve your children in story time to improve early literacy and gives adults pointers on reading aloud to children.

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PDF50 Great Australian Picture Books to share with children (PDF 363KB)

Last updated: 13-12-2012

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