Can you help a child write a better story?
Every child deserves the chance to write their own story, yet even today too many kids leave school unable to read and write well. As you may have seen in the media recently, literacy outcomes for Australian children are of concern to us all. Getting good books into kids’ hands and encouraging reading is an essential first step towards improving literacy outcomes.
We run 3 programs:
1. Library Regeneration Program – supports primary school libraries & youth support centres in priority locations. This program restocks libraries with brand new books of choice. This is usually where there is insufficient funding for books or following natural disasters.
2. Duck Libraries - mini libraries for pre-school aged children at priority community centres including kindergartens, hospitals and refugee centres. This program ensures children are given vital early exposure to books and reading at a critical stage of development.
3. Book Bank – provides students in years 3-6 a book of their choice, every term, every year for at least three years, to keep and share with classmates. Students choose their books from a carefully curated list, which enables them to engage with their learning and cultivate a love of books.
We believe all Australian children should have the tools they need to thrive, regardless of their background. In the 2019 financial year we provided 45,601 brand new books of choice to 33,980 children in 149 locations in Australia. But there is so much more to do.
Can you help us, help more children this Christmas?