Early Literacy

The Library supports the development of early literacy through its various programs, collection and support information. 44% of working age Australians don’t have the literacy skills they need to cope with the demands of everyday life and work. 

As a parent, reading to your young child is one of the most important things you can do to build the skills they need to learn to read and do well at school. The stronger a child’s literacy skills – and the more they are encouraged to read – the better chance they have to explore new ideas and pursue their interests.

The more a child reads the more options they have as they grow.

Use your Bunbury Library card access these online resources which provide a range of online activities for kids to have fun and promote literacy. online resources which provide a range of online activities for kids to have fun and promote literacy:

StoryBox Library

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The Story Box Library is a beautiful online reading room, a place where the wonderful world of Australian children's literature comes to life.  

Story Box Library connects children with literature through the complementary medium of film, providing a vibrant, interactive experience via a diverse range of storytellers, each sharing past and present book titles.

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Learning with Busythings has never been so much fun with over 115 fun activities that help children learn important skills in key areas such as:

  • Literacy

  • Numeracy

  • Computing

  • Creative development

  • Art

  • Music

It’s quirky characters are fun and engaging retaining children’s interest as they learn.

Building a better beginning for Western Australian families, Better Beginnings has been developed by the State Library of Western Australia as a family literacy program that supports parents as their child’s first teacher. 

It works through strong partnerships with public libraries, local governments, health professionals and schools to:

- build awareness in the whole community of the value of reading and sharing stories with young children from birth;

- encourage and support parents in sharing books and activities that foster language and a love of reading with their young children; and

 - promote the vital role of public libraries as community hubs that provide ongoing support to parents and caregivers in giving their children a love of reading.

OverDrive eReading Room just for kids provides a safe and easy browsing experience for children. The eReading Room just shows children's content, which gets kids to the titles they want faster. Kids can browse, sample, place holds and borrow eBooks appropriate for their age range and reading level.