Better Beginnings-A WA State Library Initiative

On Wednesday, May 15th, Kindergarten and Pre-Primary parents were invited to a short talk on the importance of reading to your child.

As part of the Better Beginnings program a representative from the local library presented parents with a picture book and information about local libraries.

This was followed by a short presentation by Pre-Primary teacher Joanna Whitney on ways of improving bedtime story time.

For a copy of the notes relating to this presentation as well as a selection of great books that are ideal for bedtime story reading see below.

Better Bedtime Stories


  • Reading for pleasure is very important.
  • Establishes positive reading habits.
  • There are a wealth of delightful enjoyable children’s picture books.
  • Taking time to emotionally connect at the end of the day.


  • Get comfortable
  • Adults read /children listen, its not a reading book
  • Slow down!
  • Enjoy the pictures and words.
  • Talk about the book.
  • Play with silly voices.
  • Read it again.


  • Great authors, Mem Fox, Pamela Allen, Margaret Wild
  • Great illustrators Bruce Whatley, Jenni Baker
  • Funny, scary, sad, pretty, cute and strange books.
  • Books with a good story line or plot.
  • Books with rhyme and repetition.
  • Longer chapter books without pictures.

Click Here for links to the Better Beginning Website


Author: B.Combes, Deputy Principal

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