Read 2 Me - How to nurture a love of stories

Sharing books with children is a great way to build relationships, develop their language skills and help them learn about the world. And it’s never too early to start!

Thanks to a new initiative being trialled in Origin’s Adelaide office, employees can borrow books to share with their children, without leaving their desks.

In partnership with Raising Literacy Australia, a non-profit organisation with a vision to enrich all Australian lives through literacy, we have established the Read 2 Me mobile library. Employees can choose two books for two weeks to take home and share with their families. When returned, books are simply swapped for another, from the range that’s been put together for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and young school-aged children.

Alex Thomson, Origin Resolutions Agent understands the importance of building early literacy skills. “Nothing is more important or precious than a child’s development and it’s so great to see the Origin Foundation get on board. I can’t wait to start using this program at home and seeing it be successful” he said.

Raising Literacy Australia run programs like The Little Big Book Club in South Australia, where families and communities are encouraged to read, talk, play and sing with young children every day, to give them the best start in life and support future learning.

Research shows that children whose parents read to them when they are young learn to speak, read and write more easily. Raising Literacy Australia’s Nicole Marshall says “even though young children may not understand the words being read to them, they are making connections in their brain to support future learning. Importantly, children love the experience of sharing a story with the special people in their lives, and best of all it’s fun!”

Download Reading Literacy Australia’s tips on how to Nurture a Love of Stories in your children.