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Establishing a sense of belonging through language

Establishing a sense of belonging through language

Learning to read is something that many of us take for granted. But what if you already speak two or three languages other than English before you start school? And what if there were no books at all published in your first languages? This is the reality for many Indigenous children living in remote communities. And it’s something that our Foundation is passionate about changing.  Through our Book Buzz program, an early literacy learning program aimed at babies and toddlers, we’ve been supporting communities across the country to translate old favourites into first languages. Our Early Literacy Manager Linda and...

  • Posted 30 July, 2020


Drop and Go - Reading Readiness Program for Playgroup Remains Unaffected by the Pandemic

Drop and Go - Reading Readiness Program for Playgroup Remains Unaffected by the Pandemic

“When the books arrive we’re all very excited,” says Kate Scott, Family Educator at the Alpurrurulam School FaFT Unit. About 400 people live in Alpurrurulam, in the NT, but just 17 km from the Queensland border. The mail is delivered once a week, on Friday, by air. But with COVID restrictions in place over the past few months, the pilot has had to bring the plane into the taxiing area and leave the Australia Post bags on the tarmac for collection, before climbing back into his seat and taking off again. The Shire manager then picks up the bags full of letters...

  • Posted 17 July, 2020


Literacy is not about Abstract Language - It's about People!

Literacy is not about Abstract Language - It's about People!

When Iris Menzies, a recent linguistic graduate from the University of Sydney, attended the PULiiMA conference in Darwin last year, she was delighted to find children’s books written in Kriol, and well-known children’s books with Indigenous language translations. Iris got talking to the team at the Indigenous Literacy Foundation booth and they offered her a sample of books to take back to the community she works in. “I thought it was really cool!” said Iris. Iris knows how important Indigenous language is to communities. For the last 6 months she has held the position as the Language Services Facilitator at...

  • Posted 10 July, 2020


Our Books are still Buzzing!

Our Books are still Buzzing!

While COVID has locked down playgroups and workplaces across the country, our Program team has still been hard at work on our Book Buzz program an early learning program designed to instil early literacy skills in babies and toddlers. Our Early Literacy Manager Linda and Regional Program Coordinator Josie, recently had a yarn about all the work they’ve been doing so this important program continues to grow. “Our goal for Book Buzz is to reach 60 early learning centres and playgroups across Australia this year,” says Linda, “We’re currently sitting around the 45-50 mark. Playgroups are currently starting to open again...

  • Posted 01 July, 2020


Clever Thinking and Cooperation Ensure Books are Still Reaching Kids

Clever Thinking and Cooperation Ensure Books are Still Reaching Kids

We’ve all been coming up with new, safe ways of doing things during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Library Services Team Leader in Cunnamulla, Tammy Hickey, has really thought outside the square to ensure that books from our Book Supply program are still reaching kids in Paroo Shire, Queensland. “The books have meant so much to our families,” Tammy explains. With strict distancing regulations in place throughout the Shire, all the library’s usual programs are on indefinite hold. This means no storytime sessions for toddlers and pre-schoolers on Mondays, no reading club for school kids on Thursdays,...

  • Posted 25 June, 2020