Parents and carers who sign up to the challenge of reading to their children every day could win a visit from ABC Kid’s Jimmy Giggle for their local kinder of childcare centre.

State Member Judith Couacaud Graley MP said the 2016 Premier’s Reading Challenge for the Early Years highlights the significant benefits children under five receive from being read to regularly by their parents and carers.

How often a child is read to has a direct link to greater success at school, regardless of their family background or home environment.

Recently, the Early Language in Victoria Study, a joint research project involving the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and a number of Australian universities, found that reading aloud to children from a young age results in higher rates of literacy, and better spelling and cognitive skills.

To meet the Victorian Premier’s Early Years Reading Challenge, children need to ‘experience’ a minimum of 40 books with their family or early years educators between now and 9 September 2016.

Visit for more details and register for the competition before Friday 27 May 2016.

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Couacuad Judith Graley:

“Reading to our children from a young age gives them a much needed head start in life and at school,”

“We have seen that students who are read to from an early age and gain a love of reading, develop faster and do exceptionally well at school,”

“They have improved communication skills, longer attention spans, a great understanding of the world around them and extraordinary imaginations,”

“I encourage everyone to get out a good book, sit down with your family and together discover an amazing story.”