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Children who love being read to are more likely to find learning to read easier. from shutterstock.com

5 reasons I always get children picture books for Christmas

Books improve kids' vocabulary, challenge gender stereotypes, teach maths and science concepts and help foster the imagination. Here are some suggestions of picture books that do all these things.
More recently, the study of reading has turned to examine the social and emotional benefits of storybook reading. (Shutterstock)

Start a tradition of choosing picture books to share with children in your life

The benefits from shared storybook reading do not depend on whether books are bought, borrowed or new or used. Some suggested read-aloud books for children aged about kindergarten to Grade 2.
PISA results come out every three years, and there’s always a big hoo-ha about it. from shutterstock.com

The PISA world education test results are about to drop. Is Australia getting worse?

Every three years, the OECD releases its Programme for International Student Assessment results. Last time, Australia's education system was doing much worse than some other countries. Has it changed?
Helping children develop strategies for personal resilience has become a vital part of parenting and education. (Shutterstock)

These children’s picture books nurture grit, determination and hope

Literacy researchers analyze cross-Canada favourite books for kindergarten to Grade 2 readers, and suggest great "gritty" reads that can help normalize conversations surrounding failure and growth.
Reading books with your child means children learn to connect reading with feelings of warmth and sharing. (Shutterstock)

Parents play a key role in fostering children’s love of reading

Early experiences sharing and developing positive connections, language and communication set the stage for home reading to start children on the path to literacy.
Whether indoors or outdoors, building a makeshift creative space to share the joy of books lays a foundation for early literacy. (Shutterstock)

7 favourite books for connecting with your preschooler

A book nest - or nook - is a cost-friendly way to model and enjoy literacy with your preschooler that invites their creative involvement and offers space for positive connections to grow.
Children who love reading generally score higher on literacy tests than those who are ambivalent about it. from shutterstock.com

The Coalition’s $10 million for Year 1 phonics checks would be wasted money

It would be wiser to spend money on policies that allow teachers to teach in ways that nurture children’s sense of belonging and making sure children are not hungry when they are trying to learn.

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