We are excited to announce that registrations for the Great Book Swap 2020 are now open!
The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, raise much-needed funds for remote communities and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and languages.
This is a popular initiative that happens in schools, workplaces, libraries, universities, book clubs – anyone can host a Great Book Swap! The idea is that a favourite book is swapped in exchange for a gold coin donation.
This year marks our 10th anniversary and, with your support, we are working towards equity of opportunity so that children living in remote communities have the same opportunities as those living in urban Australia.
By providing children and families in remote Indigenous communities with books and other resources, we give them the opportunity to acquire one of life’s greatest skills and joys: the ability to read.
Literacy changes lives and offers future choice. Choices for employment, education, social participation and quality of life.
According to ILF Ambassador Andy Griffiths, “The Great Book Swap goes to the heart of what the ILF is all about. Celebrating and sharing books that not only bring pleasure, knowledge and increased literacy skills while, at the same time, helping to raise money to provide crucial literacy resources so that children in remote communities can enjoy all these benefits too.”
In these uncertain times organising an event might seem strange, however the vast majority of Great Book Swaps happen on Wednesday 2 September, Indigenous Literacy Day.
By registering to host a Great Book Swap at your school or workplace you are playing a vital role in supporting our programs, while instilling a sense of leadersip and social justice in students.
“This program encourages social leadership, encouraging people to think outside their own environments. It’s one of the wonderful things about the Great Book Swap - it gives people agency and it is fantastic to see a young generation of socially aware individuals who are willing to contribute to society as a whole,“ said Lachie Coman, ILF Youth Ambassador.
You will be actively helping us gift 35,000 culturally appropriate books into the hands of Indigenous children, for which we are incredibly grateful. Thank you for helping us make a true difference.
“The books...gave the children a real sense of ownership, and that meant that they would read the book over and over, so the literacy side was being explored. Both the community and the children state that the books were wonderful.”