Book Gifting Program

The Book Gifting Program promotes reading in the home-learning environment.

Program details

  • Priority area: Communication
  • Primary audience: Children, parents/carers
  • Delivery mode: Resources (books, kits, manuals)
  • Strength of evidence: Level 3 – Promising research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Language and cognitive development basic literacy
    • Language and cognitive development interest in literacy/numeracy and memory
    • Language and cognitive development advanced literacy
    • Communication skills and general knowledge
  • Item cost: Moderate ($200–$2,000 per person/item)

Program description

Services can set up book-gifting programs to promote reading in the home-learning environment. Books should be age-appropriate, and educators and services should encourage parent engagement.

Detailed cost

Costs could range from $200 to $2,000, depending on the type and number of books bought.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: families.
  • Staffing: services may need to consider how staff will organise their time to run the program, and the potential cost of extra working hours and backfill.
  • Factors to consider: to maximise the benefits to children's development, services are encouraged to support parents/carers to develop effective book-sharing skills. Such support can be built into the program model.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

Partnerships with families.

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

  • Children engage with a range of texts and get meaning from these texts
  • Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work