An early literacy program with a focus on first language

This program introduces developmentally appropriate books and literacy resources to Indigenous children under five through playgroups, preschools and health care centres in remote communities.

Book Buzz encourages early reading and engagement with books, so these youngsters can start school with pre-literacy skills they need to feel confident. Through the program families are encouraged to read books, many in first language, with their children. Research shows that children learn best in their own language. It also empowers the parents and carers to be the role models for their children, and instils a love of reading in the community.

Indigenous literacy experts have devised a catalogue of board and cloth books with play props such as puppets, big books, and puzzles. 

In 2017, we launched a special early literacy publishing program that has seen three board books produced in first languages for babies and toddlers, as well released an enhanced eBook in Ngaanyatjarra language and English, of 'Where's Spot?' (made possible by Pearson Australia and Penguin Random House UK). 

If you are working in a remote community playgroup or health care centre and would like to find out more, please contact us.