Choosing Our Books
United Way Australia has a Cradle to Career education strategy called ReadLearnSucceed (RLS). One of its aims is to tackle the statistic that 1 in 5 children start school without the basics to succeed. The program endeavors to support children, parents and the community to ensure more children start school with the literacy skills required to learn.
As part of our ReadLearnSucceed strategy, United Way Australia acquired the licence for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Australia in early 2013. This initiative, in partnership with Penguin Books Australia, delivers a quality, age-appropriate book once a month direct to children at home from birth to 5 years old in targeted communities. Our vision is that all children start school ready to read and learn so that they can succeed in life. Over the next five years, we aim to inspire, educate and equip families from identified communities with the means to support early childhood literacy.
As books are a fundamental component of the program, we have a book selection committee in place to review the current range of books provided by our program partner, Penguin Books Australia and recommend new titles to refresh the library from time to time, ensuring that children and particularly younger siblings receive a range of titles over their time with the library.
The committee represents independent experts in the field of children’s education.
Australia Book Selection Committee
United Way Australia’s book selection committee is comprised of independent experts in the field of children’s education. They are responsible for reviewing the current range of books provided by our program partner, Penguin Books Australia, and for recommending new titles to refresh the library from time to time, ensuring that children and particularly younger siblings receive a range of titles over their time with the library.
Dr. Eileen Bridget “Bridie” Raban, is an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow (Early Childhood) at Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Bridie conducts research and development in the field of Early Childhood Education and is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Australian Council for Educational Research’s (ACER) Teaching, Learning and Leadership research program.
“Reading books to babies, in and out of the womb is the stuff of lived imagination, creativity and successful development.”
– Bridie Raban
Child Librarian, Doveton Library
“Imagination Library has a fantastic range of books that will be loved by all children and will lay a great foundation for reading.
HIPPY Dandenong Coordinator, South Eastern Region Migrant Resource Centre
HIPPY Dandenong is a partnership between South Eastern Region Migrant Resource Centre (SERMRC) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Its Coordinators facilitate the two year home based program for parents of preschool children, promoting early learning and school readiness.