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Read and play with stories in a whole new way! Try out this collection of TumbleBooks - online animated, talking books and Tumble-Puzzles and games. 

Better Beginnings subscribes to TumbleBooks to support families in sharing a love of reading.

The Place

The Place is open when the library is open - come along to share stories, look at original picture book art, and explore online stories on the computers using Tumblebooks.

For more information, check What's On The Place.

We also have cool activities every school holidays, writing workshops and more. Acitivities are for kids aged zero to twelve. Have a look at  What's On.

Children's Book Week

Every year in August we take part in this national festival celebrating wonderful Australian children's books and reading!  

Find out more from the Children's Book Council.

Writing Competitions for Kids

Are you a budding Tim Winton or Elaine Forrestal?  Then you may be interested in entering one of the young writers' competitions organised by Western Australian public libraries.

The Tim Winton Award for Young Writers

The Tim Winton Award was established in 1992 by the City of Subiaco.  The award is open to all students between the ages of five and eighteen in the Perth metropolitan area.
For more information visit the website or ring the Subiaco Library - Tel: 08 9381 5088

Make Your Own Story Book Competition

This competition is organised by the Children's Book Council of Australia (WA Branch) annually. Entry forms are sent to local libraries and schools across the State during first term.
For more information contact:
P.O. Box 473
West Perth  WA  6872

Children's Book Council (WA Branch Inc)

or look at the website for dates and to print out an entry form.

Other writing competitions

Many local councils run their own writing competitions or literary awards, generally for children and adults who live, work or go to school in the area. Have a look on your local council's website for information, or ask at your local library. The competitions are often coordinated by the librarians.

The Kalamunda Stories writing competition is open to adults and children over the age of 8 who live, work or attend school in Kalamunda. For more information, call the libraries: Lesmurdie (9257 9976), Forrestfield (9257 8875), Kalamunda (9257 9969) and High Wycombe (9257 9974).

The City of South Perth Young Writers Award is an annual event open to students
from Years 112 who live or go to school in the City of South Perth. Attracting more than 16,000 entries since its inception in 1987,when it was called the Christobel Mattingley Award, it encourages budding young writers to hone their craft.

Local magazine, Alphabet Soup profiles authors and great books for kids, and also runs writing competitions and publishes children's work. Go to for further details.

And have a look at this website for enthusiastic writers: wordbox4writers.

For more information on any of the above competitions please email: or check the websites for each of the local councils that coordinate the awards.

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