The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) established in 1999, is a national charity dedicated to raising language, literacy and numeracy standards in Australia.
The Foundation believes that literacy is freedom - literacy allows individuals to access education, participate meaningfully in our society and to have a voice.
To make storytime fun and educational, here are some tips from the experts at ALNF:
Read the character's voice as you imagine it would sound.
Add in action noises too; a tap dripping, a rocket blasting off, the thumping of footsteps.
Be sure to emphasise rhyme, silly sentences, repeated sound and word play.
Show the feelings in the book by pulling faces or adjusting your body posture. Are you happy and smiling? Standing tall and feeling proud?
Find any connection between the illustrations in the book, and the environment you can see and find around you.
Connect what's happening in the story to your child's life - if you family has experience something similar, point it out.
Frequently asked questions
What is Free Books for Kids?
Since 2019, we have been making books more accessible to all Australian families with our Free Books for Kids program. Every family is invited to collect a free book each week for 8 weeks during the campaign period when they visit their local BIG W store, with absolutely no purchase necessary. New titles will be released each Thursday after Free Books for Kids begins, and will be available nationally while stocks last. We will also be releasing audio recordings weekly on the ‘BIG W Free Books for Kids’ podcast which can be found on Acast, Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
When does Free Books start?
Our Free Books For Kids program is returning in 2022, date to be announced shortly.
How do I get a Free Book?
Your health and safety is our priority, and we continue to offer a safe shopping experience in store. We are encouraging you to pick up a book near the front of the store themselves with hand sanitiser made available nearby.
Do I need to purchase anything to get a free book?
No, you do not need to purchase anything to get the free book - simply come in store to collect, or if you are listening at home, you can access the podcast for free through Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Acast platforms.