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Australian Reading Hour Success for Moli det Bigibigi

Australian Reading Hour Success for Moli det Bigibigi

The story of Moli det Bigbigi, the little pig from the bush who loves to eat weetbix and published by our Foundation back in 2017, last week became the first Indigenous and bilingual book to feature in the Australian Reading Hour campaign. Author of Moli det Bigibigi, Karen Manbulloo visited Sydney last week, travelling with her niece Sharon from Binjari community outside Katherine, NT. On their whirlwind trip, Karen and Sharon visited La Perouse Public School and Gujaga Childcare to share her book for Australian Reading Hour. Having lost their own language, the kids at La Perouse requested Karen read...

  • Posted 25 September, 2019


Topping up a Supply of Books

Topping up a Supply of Books

There’s nowhere to buy a book on Moa Island, 40 kilometres north of Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, between the tip of Cape York and PNG. And while it might be possible to order books online, buying essentials for living is usually the highest priority. As a result, up until recently few kids living on Moa had any access to new books at home. That all changed when Judy Walker, the principal of Tagai State College on the island put out a call for books. Before long, the school had received donations of books, not only from Australia, but...

  • Posted 24 September, 2019


Book Buzzing around North Queensland

Book Buzzing around North Queensland

Two of our team have just returned from a jam-packed field trip to Napranum and Mornington Island, in Queensland. Leonie Short, Program Manager and Cindy Manfong, Program Coordinator headed north in mid-September to visit the Early Learning Centres ELCs) in these remote communities with the aim of finding out how ILF might best be able to support their current and upcoming programs for preschoolers. Both communities have been receiving gifted books through our Book Supply program for some time, and wanted to further build their relationships with our Foundation. There are 45 children aged three to five years are currently...

  • Posted 19 September, 2019


The Making of I Saw We Saw

The Making of I Saw We Saw

The origin of our latest publication, I Saw We Saw started way back in October 2017, when ILF ambassador Ann James, children’s publisher Ann Haddon and some of the ILF team went to work with the deadly students of Nhulunbuy Primary School in North-east Arnhem Land, NT. Our goal – to produce a beautiful book that captured the students’ lives, language and culture. Armed with a huge range of art materials, the students were soon put to work, testing new techniques and brainstorming ideas for their very own book. From soft pastel to scratch back, and even paper-clay figures, stories...

  • Posted 16 September, 2019


ILF Ambassador Gregg Dreise visits Indooroopilly State High School

ILF Ambassador Gregg Dreise visits Indooroopilly State High School

On Friday last week, I was lucky enough to be able to visit Indooroopilly State High School with ILF Ambassador, Gregg Dreise. Indooroopilly State High School has been a great supporter the ILF over the past few years, raising money through their successful Great Book Swaps, and this year won an ambassador visit from Gregg Dreise. The sunny and warm weather of Brisbane was the perfect setting for discussions that he led about indigenous literacy and culture. We basked outside in the sunlight under expansive trees and were entertained by Gregg and his tales. I’ve had the good fortune of...

  • Posted 12 September, 2019