United Way are passionate about all children being able to reach their individual potential and encourage all South Australians to Read Aloud to children every day.

South Australian children’s author Mem Fox is the ambassador for United We Read, a program designed to get more children school ready particularly in vulnerable areas. The key strategy promoted for pre-schoolers to develop pre-literacy skills is to Read Aloud to them.

Research shows that reading aloud to children is beneficial to children from birth and is critical to future success in education.

On Sunday the 3rd of April 2016 the Children’s Book Council of Australia (SA Branch) was invited to join United Way SA’s Disadvantaged Children’s Zoo Day to celebrate their 10th year by providing a free family fun day at the Zoo for children and their families.

Karen Mutton (President) and Linda Guthrie (Vice President) joined Peter Goers, Mem Fox and Education Minister Susan Close in reading to children at the zoo. It was a fabulous morning highlighting the importance of reading and books.


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