Dozens of people took part in a group reading in the mall, which was part of Paint Parra Read.
Marzi Niknami took her son Ayden, 14 months, along to hear stories read aloud in Town Hall.
Mrs Niknami said she had read to her son since he was two weeks old because it was important he learnt language skills.
But, having migrated from Iran, Mrs Niknami didn't just read to her son in English. Ayden was learning the Farsi and Azari languages as well, she said,
''I think it is really, really important for babies that they learn language,'' Mrs Niknami said.
''If they learn from early, they can be articulate and have a good future.''
The mother from Westmead said it was also important her son learnt the culture of his family and ancestors.
''It is really important, he needs to learn where he has come from,'' Mrs Niknami said.
Parramatta Lord Mayor John Chedid read children a story at the event on Wednesday and he was joined by mascot Read-asaurus.