The Cohen Family's Story
The monthly highlight of the Cohen household? The Imagination Library book delivery day, which guarantees joy and excitement when the mail arrives, and a night of imagination for the family.
Jane – then three – was one of the first children signed up to the Imagination Library when it opened in Ryde in 2014. When he was born the following year, her little brother Xavier was signed up at just eight weeks old.
Since then, Jane and Xavier’s parents have begun to look forward to getting books in the mail almost as much as their children. They’ve seen firsthand how the specially selected, high-quality books have instilled a love of reading in their children, not only helping build vital language skills, but providing a positive family bonding experience.
“I like the regularity of the books, as my children get excited when they arrive in the mail and we all rush to read them.”
“The tip sheets also help me to know how to engage my child and how to approach the new book, like what questions to ask about the cover, and the follow up questions allow me to see how the book could relate to other conversations.”
Research shows that shared reading is highly beneficial for children, developing foundational literacy, language and numeracy skills, while also fostering positive attitudes towards books and reading, helping create lifelong learners.
I really like trusting the quality of the books, knowing that someone is selecting well considered books that will benefit my children.
That’s why Jane, who has now graduated the program – still loves Imagination Library delivery day, and helps make it special for her brother.
“(Jane) gets excited when the younger child’s book arrives, and then he gets excited too!”
In fact, Jane’s love of reading has extended to school and beyond, with her insisting on finding new ways to bring books into the home.
“According to my daughter, I am the best mum in the world because I helped her get her own library card”, Jane’s mum told us.
And even while they’ve discovered a new world of books beyond the home, for the Cohen family there’s still something extra special about the Imagination Library.
“I really like trusting the quality of the books, knowing that someone is selecting well considered books that will benefit my children. And with a growing library of very nice books, we find ourselves returning to our favourites, especially after receiving a new book.”