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Teacher guide Books in Homes Primary Programme

TLF ID S7023

This teacher resource is about the Books in Homes Primary Programme, in which students in low socioeconomic status schools with limited access to books at home are provided with nine books of their choice per year. There are ten sections: Summary; Target student group; Method; Measures; Results; Lessons learned; Next steps; Research base; Further reading and links; and Contacts. The resource includes testimonials from principals and teachers and data from two evaluations of the program. It also mentions a 0-3 (years of age) program being piloted in the Northern Territory where parents choose the books to read to their child.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a useful resource for schools interested in enhancing their implementation of the English curriculum, especially the Responding to literature sub-strand, by seeking support from Books in Homes Australia or funding the program themselves. The books provided to students are written in Standard Australian English with 25 per cent written by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander authors. The range includes picture books, novels, non-fiction books, drawing books, how-to books and special interest books, and they are inclusive and culturally and age-appropriate.
  • The resource highlights the importance of books at home for students' development of the literacy general capability (and incidentally for the attainment of the English achievement standards). It points to research in Australia and overseas showing that the culture of reading in the home forms a strong foundation for the students' literacy development.
Year level

F; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6

Learning area
  • English
  • English/Literacy
  • English/Literature

    Other details

    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 2014-04-04
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
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    • Copyright holder
    • Date of contribution: 2014-04-04
    • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
    • Organisation: Commonwealth of Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL:
    Metadata contributors
    • Resource metadata contributed by
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL:
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    • Teacher guide
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