2017 Conference registration now open!

6th Early Literacy Conference.

Climb every mountain: songlines and singing.

Paint the Town REaD Ltd together with our co-host, Paint the Blue REaD invite people interested in early literacy, children’s singing and collective impact in Aboriginal and/or mainstream practices to attend this Conference. We will be meeting on Darug and Gunungurra traditional lands.

3–5 May 2017
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba NSW

Registration for this exciting event is now open. Click here to find out more.

2017 Conference Sponsorship Now Available!

We invite you to become a proud sponsor and be part of our 6th National Conference. This will give your organisation great exposure as the conference aims to bring together professionals from a wide range of disciplines supporting families with children 0-5years across the country. Our expected audience will include staff working in the following sectors:-

  • Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Library Programs/Services
  • Vulnerable Communities/Early Intervention & Prevention
  • Aboriginal Communities
  • Multicultural Communities
  • Schools
  • Local Communities

To find out more click here

Paint the Swan REaD’s partnership with La Salle College

Through the creative genius of La Salle teacher, Danielle Calleja, and Paint the Swan Coordinator, Fiona Lee, students from La Salle College, wrote, designed and created children’s books, which they then read with children at a recent Paint the Swan REaD event.

Danielle then presented the outcomes of this project at the Australian Literacy Educators Conference in Adelaide recently.

La Salle College is a co-educational Catholic secondary school situated in the Swan Valley, Perth. The College caters for 1400 students in Years 7 – 12.

This is a terrific example of how High School students can support the early literacy development of young children in their community.

It takes a village to raise a child.

La Salle Students with Red the Reading Mascot

Paint Admiralty House REaD

Lady Cosgrove our Patron very generously opened Admiralty House to close to 100 supporters of Paint the Town REaD for a Reception on Monday night 9th May.

Lady Cosgrove spoke of her passion for reading with children from birth, and gave examples from her own life.

Lady Cosgrove and PTTR Board members with the Reading Bug at Admiralty House
Lady Cosgrove and PTTR Board members with the Reading Bug.

Paint D’Bay REaD launches!

Paint D’Bay REaD launched in March with the arrival of the magical black egg. Queensland Minister for Science and Innovation, Leeanne Enoch, was the first to read to the egg, followed by the Chris Whiting, MP for Murrumba and then various other dignitaries, including the children!

Paint D’Day REaD is a partnership led by local residents, including the Aboriginal community Elders and families and workers,  Queensland’s First Five Forever and Communities for Children workers.

We can’t wait to see what will hatch out of the egg!Deception Bay Launch

Congratulations Paint Penrith REaD and Paint the Blue REaD

The 2016 ZEST Awards saw Paint Penrith REaD’s community champion, Graham Fitzpatrick, and Paint the Blue REaD’s 2015 REaDing Week, nominated for awards. Although they were not winners this year, Rooby Roo, the mascot from Penrith, still managed to steal the show!

Congratulations, Graham, for the amazing work you do for Paint Penrith REaD, promoting Rooby and her message in Penrith through Vintage FM, raising funds, holding business events and including Rooby in just about everything you do. And congratulations to the Blue Mountains team, led by Judith Hawkes from MOCS, for staging a 2015 Reading Week, delivering 15 events in 8 villages , coordinating 37 agencies and businesses to reach nearly 300 children.

Paint Penrith REaD's Community Champion, Graham Fitzpatrick, flanked at the ZEST Awards by Julieanne Woods and Rooby Roo.
Paint Penrith REaD’s Community Champion, Graham Fitzpatrick, flanked at the ZEST Awards by  Rooby Roo and Julieanne Woods.

Paint Shellharbour REaD launches!

Paint Shellharbour REaD launched today with two great events.

At the Mayoral Breakfast community leaders donated their favourite children’s books.

At the Children’s Launch, local children enthusiastically created leaves to add to a tree, so that it would grow strong and inviting for their mascot to live in.

For more photos of the Launches see Paint Shellharbour REaD’s Facebook page. http://on.fb.me/1TkCifd

Children listen to Shellharbour Mayor reading to them
The Mayor of Shellharbour, Cr Marianne Saliba, reads her favourite book to the children.

Lady Cosgrove becomes Patron of Paint the Town REaD

Paint the Town REaD is delighted to announce that Lady Cosgrove has become its Patron.

Lady Cosgrove, wife of His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), invited Rhonda Brain OAM, Chair of the PTTR Board, and Barbie Bates, its Executive Director, to afternoon tea at Government House in Canberra, to celebrate the new partnership.

‘We were thrilled to meet Lady Cosgrove, and to learn that she has such a strong commitment to giving Australia’s children the best start in life,’ said Rhonda Brain after the meeting.

‘We talked about the importance of reading, talking, singing with our babies from birth, and shared photos of the little ones in our lives. We’re looking forward to seeing more photos of Grandma and Grandpa Cosgrove reading with their grandson.’

With the spread of PTTR across five States, and Lady Cosgrove’s commitment to family and children, PTTR considers her an ideal national Patron.

Lady Cosgrove reviewing the latest PTTR publication, How to feed your Baby’s Brain, in an Arabic Translation, flanked by Barbie Bates (PTTR Executive Director) and Rhonda Brain (PTTR Chair and Founder)
Lady Cosgrove reviewing the latest PTTR publication, How to feed your Baby’s Brain, in an Arabic Translation, flanked by Barbie Bates (PTTR Executive Director) and Rhonda Brain (PTTR Chair and Founder)