Geraldine Brooks Special Message for Indigenous Literacy Day
"Most of my very best early childhood memories have a book in them. The warmth of being read to in a cosy bed at night. The unbearable yet delicious suspense when lights out was called even though the plot had reached a dire turning point. The thrill of being transported to adventures in the past, in the future, in faraway lands or fantasy worlds. The book that you absolutely, positively had to keep reading, no matter what.
"Such simple pleasures. Such affordable ones. Pleasures that should be in reach of every Australian kid. Yet today more than two thirds of remote communities remain without access to libraries or books. Together, we can change this. Together, we can each give a little. And what we will achieve will be huge. Open the door to books, open the door to the future. It's as simple as that. "
“The books are located in our Community Library for all of the community to access. The local preschool attends the Library up to four times per year for storybook reading, which includes craft activities. When parents come to the Library, they are amazed at the quality of books we have.”
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) acknowledges First Nations peoples and recognises their continuous connection to Country, community and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and honour the sharing of traditional stories passed down through generations. In particular, ILF acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which our head office is based in Sydney.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation further recognises the important role that language and storytelling have for culture and community, and the responsibilities that come with our work in these areas. If you notice any information you believe is inaccurate, please don't hesitate to contact us.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation works as an initiative of the Australian Book Industry with the
Indigenous Literacy Foundation is registered with the ACNC and is a Public Benevolent Institution with DGR1 and TCC status.