The two Australian Children’s Laureates, Boori Monty Pryor and Alison Lester, along with Andy Griffiths and Suzy Wilson celebrated the Queensland launch of Indigenous Literacy Day. Purga Elder Aunty Sheryl Thompson said the Welcome to Country and Andy Griffiths spoke of his experience with the kids in remote communities, helping them write out their stories. Menessia Nagie said that there was a real sense that this was a community event and the morning finished up with a Great Book Swap.
“Parents, carers, elders and brothers and sisters are reading to their younger ones. It’s great to see a big mob of children sitting around one older person who is reading to them. It also helps with bonding and attachment with the little ones. It’s a fantastic resource.