Reading tip sheets

Let's Read reading tip sheets support families to share words, rhymes, songs, stories and books with their children in an age-appropriate and enjoyable way.

There are tip sheets for families of children from 4 months, 12 months, 18 months and 3½ years. Click on the images to download the reading tip sheets. Feel free to print copies of these resources.

From 4 months

From 12 months

From 18 months


From 3½ years

Reading Tip Sheets in Community Languages

The Let's Read reading tip sheets are available in 10 community languages:


4 months 12 months 18 months 3.5 years


4 months 12 months 18 months 3.5 years


4 months 12 months 18 months 3.5 years


4 months 12 months 18 months 3.5 years


4 months 12 months 18 months 3.5 years


4 months 12 months 18 months 3.5 years


4 months 12 months 18 months 3.5 years


4 months 12 months 18 months 3.5 years


4 months 12 months 18 months 3.5 years


4 months 12 months 18 months 3.5 years


Development of Let's Read Reading Tip Sheets

The reading tip sheets were developed in collaboration with early literacy and childhood development experts. They incorporate aspects of the Abecedarian Approach to early lteracy and draw upon the recent market research commissioned by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute that explored families attitudes towards and undertsanding of the importance of reading with children from birth.


Across each age range (from 4 months, 12 months, 18 months and 3 ½ years) the reading tips incorporate: language development, everyday words in the environment around us, songs, rhymes, books, and conversational reading. Effort has also been made to ensure that tips also encourage families to observe and acknowledge or respond to what their child looks at or is most interested in. The techniques of the Abecedarian Approach of Conversational Reading (See, Show, and Say), as well as Enriched Caregiving (Notice, Narrate and Nudge) have been incorporated into the language and strategies outlined in the new tips sheets.


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Let’s Read was very fortunate to work with Wendy Paterson during the development of the 2013 resources. Wendy produced beautiful illustrations including new mascots that sign post the four age points for the reading tips and book suggestions, Australian animals engaging in early literacy activities and a series of illustrations depicting the Let’s Read campaign key messages that have been developed into a poster series that will be available soon.

Wendy Paterson has worked as an Archaeologist, t-shirt designer, research and secondary school teacher, but has finally settled down to do what she has actually wanted and that is to illustrate. Her first big project was to illustrate 20 books that make up the Honey Ant Reader as well as their activity books and fun educational resources. She has illustrated many other educational materials and one children’s picture book.

She is inspired by the beauty and peace of nature; bright colour and cultures from her travelling days and the funny things children do. With two furry cats, two lovely little girls, one great husband and an awesome view, Wendy cannot help but draw happy colourful pictures that make people smile when they look at them!