Emilia Djonov: Importance of reading to children from birth

We all want our kids to do well at school. Actually, let’s be honest, we all want our kids to excel at school. Who better to talk to than Emilia Djonov – lecturer and researcher in early literacy and education at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Emilia’s answers all of Claire’s questions including:

- What is early literacy

- How can we as parents be involved in supporting our children to develop literacy skills prior to starting school (even from birth)

- How to get kids engaged with reading

- How technology can be used to assist in skills development and kids enjoyment of books

- How public libraries can support parents in promoting early literacy skills

And Emilia lets you in on her list of favourite authors covering books for kids from 0-5:

- Mem Fox eg. Ten little fingers, ten little toes & Where is the green sheep?

- Emily Cravat eg. Orange Pear Apple Bear

- Marcus Pfister - Rainbow Fish books

- Nick Bland eg. The Very Hungry Bear

- Anthony Browne

- Debi Gliori – No Matter What

- Cressida Cowell - Emily Brown series

- Oliver Jeffers eg. Lost and Found

- Andrew Daddo

- Lynley Dodd

- Pamela Allen

- Julia Donaldson – The Gruffalo

This educational but relatable conversation will help you feel equipped and encouraged in your role as your child’s first teacher.

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Here are the links to follow up on some of the resources Emilia highlighted:

Emilia’s early literacy through public libraries project:

Specific focus on early language and literacy domains with tips for caregivers and educators:

ALIA Virtual Storytimes

Not mentioned but shared by Emilia as a funny take on Dr Seuss books:

Also this is the research article on the “million word gap” that I mentioned:

Photo by Emma of @amothersjournal