The Books in Homes Primary Program typically runs in primary schools with students aged 5-12 years old. The Primary Program operates in Terms 1, 2 and 4.
The key components of the Primary Program are:
- To involve whole school communities in creating a “value” for reading
- To support schools to increase student attendance
- To motivate families and students to view reading as an “everyday” activity
- To support primary school children, living in remote and low socio-economic areas, by giving them equal access to books-of-choice as their more advantaged peers
- To create a legacy of books-of-choice in remote and low socio-economic homes.
Some of the benefits of the Primary Program are that it:
- Empowers students to choose books they are excited to read that align with their tastes and interests
- Introduces new, fun and high quality books into traditionally “bookless” homes
- Allows students to start building home libraries and encourages sharing between siblings
- Normalises reading both at home and at school, and provides the foundation for the development of literacy skills especially when students read and re-read their favourite books
- Facilitates bonding, engagement and conversation between students and their parents or carers via shared reading activities
- Fosters creativity and enjoyment through reading
- Invokes the student’s imagination
- Helps students develop their concentration, self discipline and perseverance
- Facilitates a positive emotional connection to beloved books so that students are more likely to remember them with warmth and nostalgia as they grow up
- Provides access to contemporary stories, characters and themes that are inclusive and relevant
- Provides access to non-fiction books that are topical and contain current research
- Provides students with the ability to entertain themselves
- Enhances cultural connection via the 25% Indigenous book offering on the Program
- Opens students up to asking questions about other societies, traditions and cultural thinking
- Encourages assimilation of refugee students by introducing Australian Standard English (ASE) language, and exposing and encouraging them to learn about Australian culture and values
- Builds an expectation of the chosen books and what they will offer, and creates anticipation and excitement when students wait for the arrival of their books prior to the Book Giving Assembly
- Introduces students to Role Models from all walks of life and professions who share inspirational life stories because of books and reading
- Gives students a sense of achievement for entering and / or winning the Role Model Competition
- Provides students with a sense of achievement for being rewarded for good behaviour and effort via the Caught Being Good Program.
The Primary Program provides the following every year:
- Three Preview Packs of 48 books in four reading levels – Each Preview Pack allows students to view all the books on offer prior to making their selections. The Preview Packs (144 books in total) are then donated to the school library for all to access.
- Book Catalogues – Glossy A4 Book Catalogues are distributed in the Preview Packs to students each term. They include information on the book titles, an order form, a Thank You to Sponsors, as well as the opportunity for students to enter the Role Model Competition and win one of 25 book packs.
- Books for Students – Each participating student receives nine books per year (three books in each of Terms 1, 2 and 4). They may include picture books, novels, non-fiction, drawing books, how-to books, Indigenous themes and special interest books.
- Book Labels – Books in Homes provides a label or name plate for each book, which emphasises the two most important characteristics of the Books in Homes program—choice and ownership.
- Book Bags – Each term students receive a sturdy waterproof bag to keep and to protect their books.
- Caught Being Good Books and Certificates – Books in Homes provides additional books and certificates for educators to use as tangible incentives and rewards. This presents reading in a positive light and ensures it is at the forefront of a student’s mind.
The Program provides the following each year to each participating primary school:
- 144 books in the Preview Pack
- Nine Books-of-Choice per student
- Nine Book Labels per student
- Three Book Bags per student
- Three Book Catalogues and Role Model Competitions
- Extra Caught Being Good books and certificates
- Three Book Giving Assemblies per year.
The cost per child is $81.90 (excl GST).
CEO and Chairperson
Books in Homes Australia
Phone: 02 9434 2488