Get a book gift wrapped in August and we will donate the money to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation

fdayilfFather’s Day is fast approaching and we have heaps of books to choose from for your Dad. We also have a fantastic gift wrapping service to take all the hassle out of buying a gift for Fathers Day. We can even ship it directly to your Dad wherever he is in Australia or the world.

Boomerang Books offers colourful gift wrapping for $3.50 per book in a single order, as well as the opportunity to send a personal message with your gift.

For the month of August Boomerang Books will donate the $3.50 from all gift wrapping to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation provides books and literacy resources for Indigenous kids and families in remote communities.

So this Fathers Day grab Dad a book, get it gift wrapped and not only will your Dad get a great book to read but you will also help someone else develop a lifelong love of reading.

To use gift wrapping, select the drop down box on the payment page, choose your desired wrapping pattern and type your personal message.

Boomerang Books will then donate all the money spent on gift wrapping in August  to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation on Indigenous Literacy Day – Wednesday September 3.

And if you purchase The Rosie Project and get it gift wrapped author Graeme Simsion will match the $3.50 we donate!

Indigenous Literary Day approaches – Wednesday 7 September 2011

Boomerang Books will donate 10% of its takings on Indigenous Literacy Day — Wednesday 7 September 2011 — to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Can you imagine not being able to read a newspaper, a road sign or directions on a bottle of medication? Sadly, this is a reality faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in remote communities today.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) aims to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions.

The Foundation first began in 2004 when educator and bookshop owner, Suzy Wilson (Riverbend Books in Queensland) set up a Challenge in partnership with The Fred Hollows Foundation and Ian Thorpe’s Foundation for Youth Trust, to raise money for Indigenous literacy. Suzy wanted to help people in remote Indigenous communities where there is little access to books and where children often grow up with little or no ability to read. She posed the question, ‘Can you imagine a world without books and reading?’

Over the past two years the project has sent over 60,000 books to more than 200 remote communities across Australia. It has launched Book Buzz, an early literacy project and has worked with communities on specific literacy projects, including translating books into local language and recording indigenous stories.

The project has raised over $1.3 million in the past five years thanks to the generous support of publishers, booksellers, schools, businesses and individuals.

2011 Activities

In 2011 The Indigenous Literacy Foundation will provide books and literacy resources in homes, community centres, women’s centres, schools, health centres and other organisations in the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.  On Indigenous Literacy Day, 7 September 2011, events will be held around Australia to raise awareness of indigenous literacy issues.  Boomerang Books will donate 10% of its takings from 7 September 2011 to the foundation.

A special book for Indigenous Literacy Day – The Naked Boy and the Crocodile

A special book, entitled The Naked Boy and the Crocodile, is being published in 2011 to support indigenous literacy.

In the past few years as an ILF ambassador, Andy Griffiths has travelled around Australia with other members of the Australian book industry to conduct writing workshops with students in remote communities.

The students were given small blank “books” and invited to fill these books – using both picture and words – with a story based on their own lives. These stories could be true or fictional or a mixture of both. They could be dramatic, funny or simply about an activity they love.

The thirteen stories included in this book tell tales of playing with friends, riding motorbikes, picking berries, hunting for emu eggs and wild pigs, terrifying turkeys and angry mamus.

‘The Naked Boy and the Crocodile’ will be published by Pan Macmillan Australia in September 2011.

You can buy a copy of The Naked Boy and the Crocodile here and contribute to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation…

 

The Naked Boy and the Crocodile book to raise funds for indigenous literacy

The Naked Boy and the Crocodile, thirteen stories written by Aboriginal kids from some of the remotest parts of Australia, will raise funds to help more children in the bush gain literacy skills.  You can pre-order the book now from Boomerang Books…

The stories have been edited and collected by Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s ambassador and bestselling children’s author, Andy Griffiths, and will be sold on Indigenous Literacy Day, Wednesday 7 September.

Every book sold will help raise funds to provide books and literacy resources to over 200 communities across Australia.

Griffiths conducted writing workshops with kids aged 6 years+ and traveled as far afield as the edge of the Great Sandy Desert to the Kimberleys and right to the very the heart of Australia. Some of the communities he’s visited in the past three years include Manyallayuk (NT), Wyndham (WA), Warburton (WA) and Wilcannia in NW-NSW.

In some remote Indigenous communities only one in five children can read at the accepted minimum level. And for many of the children Griffiths worked with, English was their third or sometimes fourth language.

But Griffiths encouraged them to write down stories of their lives — and then illustrate them! The Naked Boy and the Crocodile is the result.

“These lively stories tell of ‘riding motorbikes … hunting for emu eggs and wild pigs’ and include ‘tales of terrifying turkeys, angry spirits, farcical football matches’. And there’s one about a very hungry crocodile with a preference for eating naked people!”, says Andy in the introduction.

Visiting the communities, the city-dwelling Griffiths has been constantly reminded of how much reading and writing are taken for granted in our print-soaked culture — and of just how much he doesn’t know.

“Sharing stories is a two-way street,” he says.

Every copy sold of The Naked Boy and the Crocodile will support these young, enthusiastic emerging authors — and provide funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to continue its vital work of promoting literacy in remote Indigenous communities across Australia.

About INDIGENOUS LITERACY DAY, WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2011

Indigenous Literacy Day is a national campaign on Wednesday 7 September that aims to raise funds and awareness of literacy issues in Indigenous communities in the remotest parts of Australia. Run by The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, funds raised go to buy books and provide access to literacy resources to help improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous children living in remote and isolated regions of Australia.

Over the past 2 ½ years The Indigenous Literacy Foundation has sent over 70,000 books to over 200 communities to the remotest parts of Australia, launched an early literacy project in three communities and worked with remote communities on literacy projects including language translations and recording of local stories. The foundation is an initiative of the Australian Book Industry. Go to: www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au for further details.

Boomerang Books is a proud sponsor of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.