Let’s Read was developed by the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. The Smith Family implements Let’s Read in partnership with Murdoch Children's Research Institute.
Let’s Read provides disadvantaged parents and carers with reading books and support to encourage them to have fun reading with their young children. The program also encourages children to develop a love of books and the ability to name letters and play with the sounds of words.
Children learn more when something is shown to them as well as explained, so Let's Read gives parents and carers clear and simple information by providing a "Share and Show" technique. Participants receive support at four key points in a child’s early years of development – from 4 months, 12 months, 18 months and 3.5 years.
To build on existing relationships within communities, Let's Read is delivered by a range of professionals whom disadvantaged families already trust, such as maternal and child health workers, Early Childhood Workers and local playgroups.
The Smith Family delivers Let’s Read in more than 50 disadvantaged communities throughout Australia each year.