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.

Published by

Clayton Wehner

Clayton is the founder and managing director of Boomerang Books. In a past life, Clayton worked for 12 years as an intelligence officer in the Australian Army and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon and holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and a Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management) from the UNSW. He is also a trained Indonesian linguist and served with the United Nations in East Timor as an interpreter/translator.