Books for Babies

Books for Babies is an early literacy project initiated by the Friends of Ipswich Libraries (FOILS) in 2007, with the aim of raising awareness among new mothers of the importance of reading to children from a very early age. Through this project, Friends work in collaboration with Ipswich Hospital and St. Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital to present mothers of all babies born in Ipswich Hospitals with a special gift package to encourage them to read to their child from birth. Each pack contains:

  • carry/book bag with colourful Books for Babies logo
  • board book
  • It’s Rhyme Time booklet & DVD
  • information on the importance of developing the literacy of children by reading to them as babies
  • Ipswich Libraries brochures
  • library membership application
  • Application for Ipswich Commemorative Birth Certificate

‘If every parent understood the huge educational benefits and intense happiness brought about by reading aloud to their children, and if every parent – and every adult caring for a child – read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children in their lives, we could probably wipe out illiteracy within one generation.’
Reading Magic – Mem Fox