PaL is a system of learning which has three different programs;ReadnPlay, BookStart and BooksnLearning. They are resource based programs which use commercially available children’s picture story books together with games designed exclusively by Napranum PaL Group for families.


The programs have been designed to support families with children aged 2yrs – 6yrs.

The PaL Curriculum strongly connects with the fundamental aspects of The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. It supports the view that children are connected to family, community, culture and place –‘belonging, being and becoming’.

Activities are designed to relate to the books and cover elements of key learning areas.


The Three PaL Programs being used in communities are:

  • 1. ReadnPlay (developed in 2015)
  • 2. BookStart (developed in 2009)
  • 3. BooksnLearning (the revised original program)

The ReadnPlay Program comprises of 20 kits utilising 20 different books. The BookStart Program comprises 37 kits, utilising 28 different books:

  • Level 1 comprises -22 different resource kits featuring 18 different books
  • Level 2 comprises – 15 different resource kits featuring 10 different books

The BooksnLearning Program comprises 56 kits, utilising 30 different books:

  • Both Level 1 and Level 2 comprise of 28 different resource kits featuring 15 different books

Each individual PaL kit contains:

  • A high quality picture storybook
  • A related educational activity with practical resources to use
  • An instruction card outlining how to use the book and activity
  • Links to Child Development (ReadnPlay)
  • Links to school learning (BookStart / BooksnLearning)

The storybooks included in PaL kits:

  • Are high quality, attractive, easy to read and have universal appeal
  • Are age appropriate and relate to focus learning areas
  • Include Indigenous and multicultural content and storylines
  • Are community approved 

BookStart kits are also supported by Early Literacy Films specific to each book and activity. These short films:

  • Model early literacy learning strategies specific to each book and activity
  • Support tutors in their demonstration of literacy learning strategies and techniques to parents
  • Highlight the skills children need to learn to read



PaL resources do not arrive ‘ready-made’ in communities. Community members at each PaL site participate directly in the implementation of the program to ensure it ‘fits’ their community and cultural context.   They are also directly engaged in the production and compilation of resources which helps them to gain an understanding of the materials and develop a sense of ownership, which is a key element to the success of the program.



    "For the kids its giving them something extra to look forward to and something they look at as their own.....they feel as if they're a big child, y'know, a big kid themselves.... I got my homework too."
    PaL Tutor

    "He never used to sit and read books like this before.....he learns to read and sit,now he wants to write his name."
    PaL Parent

    "I like them because they are very good and I learn about stuffs. I read books for my little sister and make her go to sleep."
    PaL Child Participant

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