The Little Big Book Club supports parents, carers and the early childhood and library sector to regularly share books with children from infancy by providing free, universal access to reading and play resources for families with young children.
The early years are crucial for a child’s brain development, with 80% occurring between birth and the age of three and 90% by age five. This is why it is so important for parents and carers to read to babies from birth.
Long term benefits of sharing books, songs and play with young children include:
- Bonding between parent and child – babies that have a strong attachment with a loved one feel happy and confident
- Learning about language – books, songs, rhymes and conversations introduce children to new words in meaningful ways
- Development of fine motor skills – handling books and singing songs with actions help children develop coordination in their fingers and hands
- A strong early literacy foundation- regular exposure to books and stories helps children develop the necessary emergent literacy skills they will need when they start school