Let’s all read with babies from birthso they’re ready to learn at school

Let’s all read, talk, sing and rhyme with children from birth

PTTR in WA turns 10!

To celebrate 10 years of PTTR in WA, the WA Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Chris Dawson, and Mrs Dawson, invited representatives from WA’s PTTR communities and supporters to morning tea at Government House on Thursday 4 April.

It was so very special to have funders, members of Parliament (Local, State and Federal), from both sides of the house present and early childhood peak WA representatives celebrate with us.

WA’s PTTR mascots stole the show, led by Red, the Super Reading Roo from Paint the Swan REaD, where we began in WA in ten years ago.

This was followed by a lunch at WA State Parliament, hosted by Mark Folkard, MLA, member for Burns Beach. Thank you Mark.

Thank you FRRR

Thank you Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal for a grant to commence the rollout of Books for Bedtime in regional and rural South Australia, following a successful pilot in Victoria funded by the Readings Foundation.

We received many anecdotal stories that emerged from COVID lockdowns about increased stress on families which lead to a decline in family routines, bedtime reading, access to children’s books and devices replacing books.
This project will give parents the knowledge and resources they need to help reinstitute reading together at home or strengthen their existing practices.
It will deliver professional learning to early childhood educators about the importance of reading, starting book libraries in services, a starter kit containing information for families, flyers, and other promotional material to help parents understand the importance of reading to their child from birth every day.


100+ Communities across Australia

Our Patron, Her Excellency Mrs Hurley, invited us to Admiralty House yesterday to celebrate 100+ PTTR communities established across Australia, in every State – from remote Aboriginal to multicultural urban.

Families, mascots, supporters joined their Excellencies for a morning of fun!

Our 25 year journey

PTTR’s ‘Advent Calendar’ this year comes with a twist. On our facebook page, we’re following our 25 years, beginning with 1998.

It’s not too late to follow with us. Today we are showcasing 2009, so here’s a hint of what you’ll be finding.

A great 9th Early Literacy Conference

Thank you to all our keynote speakers, delegates and sponsors who made our 9th National Early Literacy Conference such a success!

We were thrilled that Their Excellencies, our Patron Mrs Hurley, accompanied by the Governor General joined us for Thursday morning. Can you spot them in the photo below?

Our sponsors were Northparkes Mines, Parkes Services Club, Joblink Plus, Neighbourhood Central, Parkes Shire Council and Early Years Care.

And a huge thanks to Chris and Vicki Williams from RSN Live who ran our online presence.

A new partnership for PTTR

Last week we were thrilled to join the South Australia Catholic Education SPICE program for the launch of their PTTR initiative – Paint Playgroups REaD, under the leadership of Emily Bowden.

All South Australia Catholic Education supported playgroups now have a Book Swap box for families to take books home, and the facilitators have received training in the power and importance of early brain development.

Emily Bowden and her team of playgroup facilitators along with the CEO of Playgroup SA, Craig Bradbrook, and PTTR’s Andrea Folkard, Dianne Krieg and Barbie Bates

100th PTTR Community!

Paint the Lands REaD, Black and Yellow at Mimili

In November 2022, young children from across the Anangu Lands in South Australia – also known as the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) – gathered together at Mimili to celebrate their year of daily reading, singing and dancing as part of “Paint the Lands REaD, Black and Yellow”. Mimili is the 100th PTTR community.

What a celebration that is for PTTR and what a wonderful way to end the year!

Watch some of the celebrations at Mimili here!

This time next year…

On 6–8 September 2023 we will celebrate our 9th National Conference, on Wiradjuri Country at Parkes, NSW, the birthplace of PTTR. Our theme is Storytelling and Told Stories.

It is fitting that it will fall in National Child Protection Week and on Indigenous Literacy Day.

Told stories give every child everywhere a fair go (this year’s NCPW theme) at learning who they are, and where they have come from. The Conference will begin with Indigenous storytelling — the very best and right place to start.

To learn more about the Conference, contact us at conference@paintthetownread.info.

Congrats, Paint Penrith REaD!

Today Paint Penrith REaD launched a new book for babies: Rooby’s Counting Book. The event, like so many PTTR events across Australia, epitomised everything that is important about PTTR.

  • A collaborative partnership — between Mission Australia, Penrith City Council, a local business Featherdale Wildlife Park, and a local graphic designer, to name just a few.
  • Senior managers committed to supporting grass roots workers and volunteers getting the message about REaD from Birth out into the community.
  • Whole families invited. All activities reading, singing, drawing, looking at animals, focused around children.
  • Children loving their PTTR mascot — Rooby Roo — and knowing what Rooby loves to do best of all — reading.
  • Sustainability: being there for the long haul. In Penrith’s case, now over 10 years.
  • A clear message: ‘Spread the word. Reading is important from Day 1!’

Rooby Roo has a special message for children who read and sing everyday. Well done! You are growing your brain. A big thank you to all family members who make time to read and sing with little ones. You are making a big difference in their lives.

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