Winners announced!

The Victorian Government’s free baby bundle for first-time parents has been packed and is ready to be delivered to new mums and dads across Victoria from 17 July 2019.

About 35,000 new parents each year, at all Victorian hospitals will start receiving the free baby bundles from July 17 with all the essentials they need to help guide them through the first few months and years of their child’s life.

The bundles contain four picture books for various stages of a child’s development. Research shows children do better in their first years of school when parents regularly read to their babies from the day they were born. It’s a simple way to boost their literacy and numeracy skills.

Almost 1,200 people had their say over which books should be selected for the bundle, with the public nominating a total of 332 different books. A panel of experts in childhood literacy and development decided on the winning books. The winners are:

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