Good Karma: Indigenous Literacy Project

Forego a pair of shoes or two and contribute to the Indigenous Literacy Project – more readers can’t be a bad thing.

The Book Buzz project aims to raise literacy levels of young children living in remote communities by recognising the need for early experience and contact with books.

You can make a genuine contribution to the life a child in a remote Indigenous community by sending a book pack which contains 12 wonderful books.

Each Book Buzz pack costs $140AUD.

How the Book Buzz project works

Book Buzz provides babies, toddlers and preschool children with access to a wonderful set of 12 early childhood books. These books were selected by a Fred Hollows Foundation literacy specialist and childrens’ book specialists from within the Book Industry.  The program was trialled in 2009 in Manyallaluk (east of the Katherine Region) and in 2010-2011 is being trialled and launched in Wilcannia and Warburton. Suzy Wilson, David Gaunt, Karen Williams and ILP ambassador Andy Griffiths attended the launch of Book Buzz at Manyallaluk’s school. Key Speaker Mavis spoke about the project in her language, and read ‘Where is the Green Sheep’ and ‘Frog’ to the kids. After Andy Griffiths’ rendition of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ the children were hungry for more. The engagement level of the school aged children reading books in English (their second or third language) was wonderful to see; but the most encouraging sight on the day was the babies’ and toddlers fascination with the Book Buzz board books. Since then, other communities have heard about the books, and have been requesting them for their own children.

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