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Get involved with the Great Book Swap

24 June 2014

Get involved with the Great Book Swap

Queensland Local Hero 2014, Suzy Wilson, established the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), which works to raise literacy levels and provides books and literacy resources to remote communities across Australia. In very remote locations across WA, SA and NT between 40-60% of Indigenous children are not achieving minimum standards in Reading in Year 3. Books, especially those appropriate for kids are rare in these communities. Without books, children can’t develop the basic literacy skills most of us take for granted, skills that we build upon as we learn to read and write, and that prepare us for success at school.

Like so many people who are recognised in our Awards program, Suzy's passion for her work is never ending. To raise funds for these children the ILF is running the Great Book Swap challenge - a fundraiser for schools, libraries, bookshops, and book clubs – any community group that wants to get together, make a gold coin donation and swap books with one another.   

You can hold your Great Book Swap at any time throughout the year or on Indigenous Literacy Day, Wednesday 3 September 2014, or during Children’s Book Week, NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week or National Literacy & Numeracy Week. Register your school here. The ILF will send you a ‘How to' kit which includes The Yakanarra Dogs written by children from Yakanarra Remote Community School, resources and Teacher’s Notes to help you plan your event. Other groups can register here. To get involved and find out more about this exciting initiative visit the website.