Are you ready?

Generous people across the globe are gearing up for next Tuesday, #bookgivingday

Your stories are beginning to flood in, and we are overwhelmed – as always – by your wonderful stories of book giving.

Megan Daley (Children’s Book Daily), a most wonderful School Librarian in Queensland, Australia, has made sure her library is ready. Doesn’t it look inviting?

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In Walthamstow, UK, Geraldine Grandidier and Ruth Duncan are gift-wrapping their books ready for #bookgivingday – they even made the local newspaper. Read about them here.

The Village Cafe on Collins, (Queensland, Australia) has reported local children’s authors Celia Berrell, Diane Finlay, Kay Crabbe and Trude Trewin are getting ready.

Gibraltar are getting involved in a HUGE way for the first time this year, thanks to The Story Teller.

There are plenty of giveaways on Twitter – just search #bookgivingday

To be featured, remember to share your photos using #bookgivingday … we will find you!

In the meantime, don’t forget you can print and download these bookmarks to tuck into the books you plan to gift next Tuesday, 14th February.

Support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation on IBGD

Indigenous Literacy Foundation – promoting literacy in remote communities

By Tina Raye, Program Manager

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation has helped communities, families and children in remote locations access more than 100,000 books over the last four years. We have a strong focus on early literacy, with our third Book Buzz kit of 10 board and cloths books being launched early this year out in the Ngaanyatjarra lands in WA. Our Buzz packs have generated the most outstanding responses to books from young children and families in some of the remotest parts of the country.

Last year, with the support of the many generous individuals, schools and businesses, our Foundation delivered 25,000 books to over 200 remote communities. Some of these books are carefully selected in consultation with Indigenous elders, mothers and children, for babies and toddlers and their families; others are specially chosen by an expert panel and cover a larger range of audiences from babies to adults. We also gift books that we have published back to the community, and often to surrounding communities.

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Last year I had the privilege of meeting many elders and other community members in communities across WA and NT. These visits have allowed us to listen and learn about community and from this develop our literacy projects. The need for books in first language is becoming more and more evident. We support first language and culture and last year published dual language children’s books in English and seven Indigenous languages, and worked towards translating another nine books into two first languages. This is an incredibly powerful project because it gives Indigenous people the power of choice and shows that their language is valued.

 “Having the books in language has given [the mothers] confidence and empowered them to be teachers to their children.”

Anne Shinkfield, Early Years’ Program Regional Coordinator, Warburton Community.

Many Indigenous children from remote and isolated locations became published authors with the help of our Foundation, and with partnerships with other organisations. These books (including How Does Your Garden Grow, The Yakanarra Dogs and  A Yakanarra Day and Growing Up in Nyirrpi) recount children’s adventures of living in community and showcase the uniqueness of their part of the world. We all can image the feeling of seeing your very own published book for the first time… but what we were able to witness was extraordinary.

To watch as children who continue to face ongoing difficulties and challenges in a western education system have their stories recognised as worthy to be made into an actual book! Priceless!

This year we will be building on our existing programs.  We hope that you will be part of our journey and continue to show your generous support. We don’t accept book donations, because all the books that we send out to remote communities are carefully selected and supplied through an offsite warehouse system. However, you can support us with a book: Get Caught Reading on International Book Day!

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Indigenous Literacy Foundation: Providing books to indigenous children

by Emily Wiech, Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Can you imagine not being able to read a newspaper, a road sign or directions on a bottle of medication? Sadly, this is a reality faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in remote Australian communities today.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous children living in remote and isolated regions of Australia. This is done by providing books and literacy resources to communities and raising broad community awareness of Indigenous literacy issues.

2013-01-29Over the past three years the Indigenous Literacy Foundation has sent over 85,000 books to more than 230 remote communities across Australia. The books that our Foundation provides are brand new and very high quality and are carefully selected by a committee of education and literacy experts. Indigenous Literacy Foundation has launched Book Buzz, an early literacy project and has worked with communities on specific literacy projects, including translating books into local language and recording Indigenous stories.

The Foundation is an initiative of the Australian Book Industry drawing on its diverse range of expertise, skills and resources. It works with the support of the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Booksellers Association and the Australian Society of Authors.

Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s major fundraising campaign in 2013 is Indigenous Literacy Day Wednesday, 4 September. You can help us in a number of ways:

  1. Individuals can support the day by buying a book at a participating bookshop or making a donation.
  2. Participating booksellers and publishers can make a donation or give a percentage of sales.
  3. Schools can participate in the Great Book Swap or run fundraising events throughout 2013. Visit the website for ideas.
  4. Other businesses, bookclubs and libraries can support Indigenous Literacy Day – register online.

Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Australian Indigenous children by focusing on ways to improve their literacy levels.  We believe that a young child’s future educational experiences can be greatly improved through enjoyable and positive engagements with books in the family and community environment at an early age.

For more information, visit our website www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au.

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