Each year, approximately 35,000 first-time parents, at all Victorian birthing hospitals receive a free baby bundle as part of the Victorian government’s $213.7 million parenting package to support new parents and carers.
The baby bundle contains key essential items to support parents during the transition to parenthood and the first years of their child's life.
As well as nursery essentials, 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.
In March 2021 almost 786 people participated in the book nomination process to select four new books to appear in the Victorian baby bundle. Just over 200 unique titles were nominated as part of this process.
A panel of experts in early childhood literacy and development reviewed all nominations and decided on four new winning books. The winners are:
- Let’s Go Outside written and published by Bianca Ebeling
- Dressing Your Family by Bec Orpin
- ABC Fruit Salad by Kat Macleod
- Respect by Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson
Penny Johnston from ABC Radio podcast Babytalk, speaks further to the process involved when selecting books for the baby bundle and also takes the opportunity to talk to authors Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson and Bianca Ebeling about what inspired them to write their book. The podcast “Reading to your baby” can be found here or from your preferred podcast platform.
Thank you to our previous authors
Thank you to our previous winners:
- Baby Days, by Nicola Philp and Annabelle Hale
- Ten Little Owls, by Renee Treml
- Puddle Hunters by Kirsty Murray and Karen Blair
- The Tiger Tribe Pram Book, by Anthony and Naomi Green
Your books have reached over 75,000 first-time parents and carers in Victoria and hold a special place in the homes of these families as they continue their journey into parenthood.