Prep Bags 2021: Free books delivered to thousands of students

‚ÄčEvery year, the Department of Education and Training provides every Prep student starting at a Victorian government school a bag of engaging resources to celebrate this milestone in their educational journey.

The mix of items are specially designed for Prep students and their families to help them learn and thrive from the start of Term 1.

This year, the design on the front of the Prep bag explores the importance of community in a child's journey through school. 


What's in the bag?

This year's Prep bag contains five quality children's books to help build literacy skills and encourage a love of reading from an early age:

  • Your Birthday Was the BEST! by Maggie Hutchings and Felicita Sala
  • Our Island written by the children of Gununa, with Alison Lester and Elizabeth Honey
  • All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors by Davina Bell and Jenny Lovlie
  • Gary by Leila Rudge
  • The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

    The Statewide Vision Resource Centre produced these books in braille with tactile illustrations for students who are blind.
    There are plenty more items in the Prep bag such as: 


  • Ardoch book labels to personalise every child's free Prep bag books.
  • Mathscots ruler featuring characters from the Mathscots Animation Series to help Preps have fun while exploring maths and numeracy at school and at home.
  • Literacy and Numeracy Tips booklet with handy advice to help develop literacy and numeracy skills from birth to 12-years-old.
  • Premiers' Reading Challenge bookmark to promote a love of reading and literature.


  • Melbourne Stars or Melbourne Renegades activity booklet (from Cricket Victoria) with fun activities for your child to learn more about cricket. It also includes information about Cricket Victoria's entry level program.

Health and Wellbeing:

  • Healthy lunchbox flyer with practical ideas to help parents and carers  create nutritious school lunches.
  • Parentline Victoria magnet with contact details for telephone counselling and support service for parents and carers.
  • SunSmart stickers to remind the whole family to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide to reduce UV exposure. 

Find out more about transition and starting school on the Back to School web page.