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Choose black and white baby books for your newborn

Reading out loud to your child is one of the best things you can do in preparation for school and to help him or her develop a love of learning and strong language skills. If your baby is 6 months old or younger, you can boost the benefits of reading out loud to Bub by choosing black and white baby books as young babies and newborns respond best to high-contrast black and white images.


Furious Fiction – September Submission

Her heart pounded like the beat of a rave as she skidded to a halt. Breathing in through her nose and out through her mouth, she fought to slow her heart rate and breathing. If she wanted to make the shots, she needed to get control of herself. She peered around the corner and checked the escalator. Still deserted. Thank God, she’d beaten them.

A lady and two small children share a picture book - the title is overlaid over the left of the picture

The shared reading practices of Australian families


After talking to some other mothers on Facebook one day, I became interested in learning about the shared reading practices of Australian families. I wanted to know who reads out loud to Aussie kids, how long our children are being read out loud to, whether shared reading is decreasing and what would encourage families to do more shared reading. I found some data but not a great deal and there were some issues with some of what I did find so I decided to do my own little study and publish the results on my blog so that others could learn from it.

A woman and her daughter share a picture book. The article title is overlaid across the image

Top 6 tips for including more shared reading in your child’s daily routine


In a survey I recently conducted, one of the most common reasons why parents and carers didn’t read out loud to their children more was because either they or their children didn’t have enough time. Given how important it is to read out loud to children, I thought I’d share some tips on how to build more shared reading into your daily routine.