Newborns given books

Auckland Airport Community Trust has supported the Storytime Foundation (formerly Books for Babes Trust) since 2007.  Our 2011-12 grant of $39,988 enabled Storytime to achieve yet more success in their mission to improve child literacy and parent-child bonding.

Storytime Foundation work in collaboration with well child providers such as Plunket to deliver books to new born babies in the Trust’s area of benefit.  Each new baby receives five books, which are delivered into the home for free by health practitioners, who encourage families to read aloud together.

In 2012, Storytime’s grant from the Trust enabled them to reach 1250 babies with a total of 6250 books.  These books are offered in English, Te Reo Maori, Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island Maori, Niuean, Tokelauan and Mandarin.

The feedback from recipient families is invariably positive:

“I now have reading time for him.  We also bring books from the library as well.”

“If my daughter doesn’t see the books, she goes looking for them.”

“I feel bonding has improved with my child.”

“The best thing about the programme was the advice and information.”

The Trust has provided Storytime with another grant in 2012-13 and we look forward with excitement to reading about the programme’s successes at the end of this year.