Year of Reading 2012

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Love2Read is a collaborative project joining public libraries, government, community groups, media and commercial partners, and the public. We link together all the great things that are already happening around books, reading and literacy, and giving them an extra boost, with inspirational programs and events taking place across the country. Visit the Love2read website for more information

The Reading Hour 2013

Sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week is our aim for The Reading Hour on the 24 August 2013. We know it's not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children, but if you can manage 10 minutes most nights, your child will have the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that brings.

Most of our brain development happens between birth and three years of age, so it's not enough to assume that your children will learn to read when they get to school. Parents need to share stories and rhymes right from day one – and a good way of finding out more is to join storytimes, rhymetimes, baby bounce and toddler sessions at your local library.

The Reading Hour is for everyone and there will be events and activities for all age groups.

Visit your local library and bookstore to find out what events and activities are taking place.

About the resources on this page

The multicultural resources listed below provide links to literacy and numeracy activities, nursery rhymes and songs, language ebooks, information on learning English as a second language, and bilingual and multilingual reading resources.


Resources for children Resources for adults        

Resources for children

Find translated information on the importance of reading as well as stories, songs and games for children in many languages

201 literacy and maths tips
Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Online translated information providing literacy and maths tips to help families support their child's learning at home and at school. It provides practical activities for families to do with their child at home and questions they can ask their child to help them learn. The translations are separated into age groups Before School – Year 2 and Year 3 – Year 6

Activities to promote literacy
Raising Children Network

Awareness activities
Multicultural Pavillion

Better Beginnings
State Library of Western Australia
A series of linked strategies in an early intervention program to open the door for families to literacy and life-long learning. These strategies have been designed to be flexible and varied enough to connect with all families, including those that do not share a reading culture and whose children are at the greatest risk of not developing good early literacy skills.

Developing languages for life: talk to your baby
Literacy Trust UK
Information available in 13 languages

Children's books online: books in multiple languages

Online resources related to 150 cultures

Cyber schoolbus
United Nations

Drakansang Online 
Fantasy, Folk and Adventure stories

Embracing Diversity: Songs and rhymes in 15 languages
Burnaby Public Library Canad
Ready to learn children's songs and rhymes in world languages? Choose a language to view video performances, meet the performers, and learn about the language and culture: Arabic Cantonese Dari English Farsi Filipino French Hindi Korean Mandarin Punjabi Russian Spanish Urdu Vietnamese

International Children’s Digital Library: a library for the world’s children

Keep your language alive
Translated into Arabic,Bengali,French, Spanish and Turkish

Kids Own Publishing (KOP)
A national not for profit arts organisation motivated by the belief in the power of of self publishing to build a community of strong creative young readers. Explore their projects.

Languages online

The Little Big Book Club
The Little Big Book Club has teamed up with some of Australia's favourite authors and  illustrators to create three fantastic e-books that can be read online and in a range of languages.

Making Multicultural Australia
A site designed for teachers but with many ideas to inspire library programs

Mama Lisa’s World: songs in different languages

Multicultural song index
Multicultural Pavillion

Multilingual Living
This English site includes links to resources in many languages

Myth stories

National Year of Reading 2012

On the go
Washington Learning Systems
Free reproducible language and early literacy activities in Spanish, Somali, English and Russian

Online resources for children
Stories, rhymes, songs and games in many languages

Panwapa Sesame Workshop
Online world to help young children develop skills needed to become global citizens

Pasifika Digital Legends
Traditional stories retold digitally in English, Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Fijian, Niue, and Māori

Preschool activities and crafts : holiday themes

Quick tips
National Literacy Trust
Talk To Your Baby has produced a series of quick tips for parents and practitioners to help children develop good talking and listening skills. Each sheet is available bilingually in thirteen languages

Reading is Fundamental
Bilingual website in English and Spanish designed help families read, sing and share stories together at home

Reading tips in many languages
Hennepin County Library

Reading with children
Chicken Little, the first in a series of early readers in many languages. They are free and easily downloadable

Tumble Book Library
Online children's books in French, Chinese, Spanish and Russian

World Read Aloud Day 7 March

Resources for adults

Links to resources on world literature

Multi-lingual online collection of millions of digitized items from European museums, libraries, archives and multi-media collections

A suite of multilingual opensource software for libraries to build and distribute digital library collections.

Library Press Display
Newspapers from 92 countries in 48 languages

Literary awards from around the world

The Man Asian Literary Prize

Memory of the World
Program to preservate and disseminate valuable archive holdings and library collections worldwide

Multilingual Munchkins
This yahoo group is dedicated to give parents raising their children to speak more than one language, bilingual or multilingual, a place to ask questions, state concerns, share information, and get some support.

The Silk Road online
The International Dunhuang Project
IDP is a ground-breaking international collaboration to make information and images of all manuscripts, paintings, textiles and artefacts from Dunhuang and archaeological sites of the Eastern Silk Road freely available site in six langugaes

Universal Digital Library
Carnegie Mellon University

World Digital Library
explore online collections around the world