Got a question about the Kids' Book Club? You'll find plenty of answers below!
If you’ve got a question that’s not covered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Who can join the Kids’ Book Club?
Any child aged between 0 and 5 years old.
Why is reading to a child from an early age important?
Like walking and talking, children begin to acquire literacy skills from birth. Knowing how to hold a book, understanding rhyme, and recognising the shapes we know as letters are critical early literacy skills that children need to acquire before starting school.
What books will my child receive?
The Kids’ Book Club features beloved classics including The Hungry Caterpillar and Hairy Maclary, and popular titles such as Peppa Pig and Where is the Green Sheep?
Do we get to choose the books?
No, all the books are selected by a panel of early learning specialists including librarians, authors, and teachers to ensure they are appropriate to your child’s age and stage of development. All the books are supplied by Penguin Books Australia.
Do we get to keep the books?
Yes, each monthly book is your child’s to keep! There’s no need to return them.
What if we already have that book?
If your child receives a book that they already have, simply contact us to explain and we’ll send out a different book. We’re happy to do this up to twice per year.
Can we cancel a Kids’ Book Club membership?
Yes, if you need to cancel at any time, please contact us and we’ll cancel your membership.
How does my Kids’ Book Club membership support other children?
When you become a Kids’ Book Club member, you’re helping fund a range of activities in United Way Australia’s early literacy programs for children in disadvantaged communities. These programs help children develop the basic literacy skills they need to start school ready to read, learn and succeed in life. Activities include a home delivered book once a month for children under 5 year of age, support for parents, community awareness campaigns and events that help to spread understanding of the joy and importance of shared reading with young children.
Who will be my child’s book buddy?
United Way Australia works with hundreds of children, who, along with their parents and carers, tell us about the impact these books are having. From this, we create a series of child-friendly illustrated postcards to explain how the Kids’ Book Club is helping them to be ready to read when they start school. This way, we can ensure the privacy and safety of the children taking part in our literacy programs.
Who is United Way Australia?
We are a for purpose organisation working to ensure every child has the chance to reach their full potential. We are not affiliated with any political parties or religious groups. You can find out more about our work here.
Who can sign up a child?
Anyone with parental or guardian permission can sign up a child to the Kids’ Book Club, including grandparents, aunts and uncles, godparents, and friends. If you don’t have permission, you can opt to purchase a Gift Certificate instead.