Little ones enjoy the magic of literature

Ishaq, 5, enjoying a picture story book. (Damjan Janevski). 317316_01

Families in Sunbury can gather together to celebrate the magic of literature.

Hume council is running a series of Story Time programs designed to support the literacy development of children up to the age of five.

The program is free and takes place across various libraries in the area, including those in Sunbury Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Tullamarine.

There are a variety of programs offered to families including:

• Baby Bounce — enjoy gentle movements and rhymes as you introduce you child under 12 months to reading for the first time.

• Rhyme Time — children up to three years-old come together to learn rhymes and read.

• Chatterbox — this program encourages children between the ages of three – five to engage in conversation and imaginative play.

• Story Time — designed to help children develop a lifelong love of reading by inviting them to listen to stories and complete craft activities.

• Bilingual Story Time — children have the opportunity to listen to stories and rhymes in both English and either Arabic, Assyrian, Punjabi, Sinhala or Turkish.

Star Weekly photographer Damjan Janevski stopped by the Chatterbox event to capture these pictures.