Helpful links

The following websites may be of interest to parents and caregivers in assisting and encouraging continued literacy development in children and young people.

Children’s Book Council of Australia
Recommends books about encouraging a love of reading most of which are available in your local public library.  There are also useful links to reading websites.

Dads Read
Dads Read encourages fathers to invest in their child’s future by choosing to read to them each day.

Enyclopaedia Britannica Online Library Edition
From pandas to Plato, from the trombone to Tibet, Britannica Online Library Edition covers it all.

The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner protects Australian children when they experience cyber-bullying. The eSafety website provides resources and information to enable parents, carers and students to better understand e-safety so everyone can enjoy the Internet safely and responsibly.

First 5 Forever
First 5 Forever aims to provide strong emergent literacy foundations and life-long learning capabilities for all Queensland children 0-5 years, by directly supporting parents and primary caregivers as their child’s first and most important educator.

Flying Start
Queensland Government Department of Education and Training website which includes parent/carer resources designed to help you help your child achieve literacy and numeracy, and learn to love reading.  Also includes a list of suggested books for children aged 0-5 years.

Guys read
Devoted to encouraging boys, teenagers and young men to read more. The site has reading lists recommended by celebrities and books arranged by categories eg “At least one explosion”, “Sports”, “Action Adventure”, “Outer Space but with aliens” and, oddly enough, “Repairing shoes but only written in Spanish”. Add your own reading recommendations too.

Literacy Planet
Research has proven that without the right literacy skills your child may struggle. The games and activities available on the Literacy Planet website have been created by teachers and researchers in conjunction with curriculum aligned exercises as a fun way to engage kids in improving their literacy skills. Literacy Planet is proven to boost literacy development and best of all, it’s so fun, your children won’t even know they’re learning!

And best of all, your children can enjoy a 1 month free trial at Literacy Planet. For more information visit the Literacy Planet website.

Love2read is a collaborative project joining public libraries, government, community groups, media and commercial partners, and of course the public.

Raising children network
An Australian parenting website dealing with a wide range of issues affecting children 0-8 years from behaviour and development to play and learning.  The site is full of ideas for developing and promoting literacy, as well as some fantastic suggestions for cooking with children of all ages.