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2013 Let's Read literature review

31St October 2013

The 2013 Let's Read literature review is now available. Conducted by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Population Health Research Group at the Royal Children's Hospital Centre for Community Child Health, the 2013 Let’s Read literature review:

  • highlights the need to focus on the years prior to school entry (birth to five years) as a critical stage in a child’s journey toward literacy.
  • describes the evidence base linking poor literacy to lower education, employment, income and wellbeing outcomes and examines the current state of literacy in Australia
  • outlines the research that has examined the impact of reading and other literacy promoting activities in very early childhood in preparation for developing and acquiring language and literacy skills.
  • highlights the important role of families, early childhood professionals, services and communities in establishing high quality literacy environments that provide the conditions and experiences necessary for all children to develop a sound literacy prior to school entry
  • synthesises the evidence base to inform the content and structure early literacy program and interventions to promote reading and language based activities with children from birth to five years necessary in order to promote the development of the building blocks that facilitate later literacy success.


Read the full literature review here