An interesting article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, 18 April 2015: Private vs Public Schooling.
The article reports on research undertaken by the University of Queensland's Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences.It is the largest longitudinal study of 4000 private primary and public school students in Australian history. The data tracked children from the age of four to ten and included metrics on Naplan results, variations on IQ tests and non-cognitive outcomes such how they interact with peers. Professor Luke Connelly who authored the research report says: "Children in families with more books at home have consistently higher test scores".
ALEA actively promotes the importance of providing books to children, and reading with them from an early age. On International Literacy Day (8 September) each year members of ALEA Local Councils around Australia visit mothers of newborn babies and present them with books, pamphlets, magnets and 'Read to Me' t-shirts to encourage them.