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First 5 Forever

First 5 Forever

Talk, read, sing and play together - every day!

First 5 Forever at Cairns Libraries

It’s never too early to talk, read and share stories with your child.

First 5 Forever is a family literacy program aimed at supporting stronger language and literacy environments for children aged 0–5 years and their families.

Cairns Libraries delivers a range of FREE First 5 Forever family literacy programs for children and parents/carers across the community with an aim to make talking, reading and singing part of your daily routine – any time, any place!

Join us to talk, read, sing and play together at our First 5 Forever Programs:

Storytime Sessions: Recommended for children 0-5 years and their parents/carers.

Baby Rhyme Time Sessions: Recommended for children 0-2 years and their parents/carers

Outdoor Storytime Sessions: Recommended for children 0-5 years and their parents/carers.

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First 5 Forever is an initiative of the Queensland Government and coordinated by the State Library of Queensland.

First 5 Forever at Home

Our read, talk, sing and play calendar is packed full of fun, easy things that you can do together at home that will help develop your child's early literacy skills.

Literacy Calendar - Nov

First 5 Forever Watch

To watch all your favourite State Library of Queensland Baby Play, Story Time and Rhyme Time sessions online, anywhere and any time visit First 5 Forever Watch.


Picture books, learning games and interactive islands – the perfect recipe for developing early literacy.

Raising Children Network

Fun, low-cost play ideas that also help your child to learn.


(Speaking Promotes Education and Knowledge) provides lots of fun, free activities, ideas and information for parents, carers and education to support and nurture language development in children from 0 - 6 years of age.

Natural Disaster Resources

Resources for families about Natural Disasters.

The Early Years Count

Early Learning provides a range of fun and interesting actives, resources and advice to help families nurture their child's learning, development and wellbeing at home.

First 5 Forever Out and About

Let our First 5 Forever team bring the magic of stories, songs and rhymes to your community group or event.

For more information about First 5 Forever Pull Up Library please email

Last updated: 29 Oct 2020