Hey Doonside – Books in Homes

Hey Doonside Public School —

What a buzz it was to be out there with you today and sharing BOOKS and your Literacy Day! There are some absolutely wonderful books that you are reading at your school and there were some really wonderful characters dressed up there – from the big and little kids!! Congratulations! I hope you liked my short little tales and me wandering throguh your assembly rather than standing at the front of the hall at the podium. It is much more fun getting really close to you all. And thanks for the BBQ sausage sandwich too … I feasted on mine as soon as I jumped into the car.

I am thrilled to be one of the National Ambassadors (along with a host of other great Aussie kids authors and illustrators) for Books in Homes. It is a wonderful initiative that enables underprivileged children to receive a bag of books – from titles they choose FREE! In fact at the end of the year the kids have nine BRAND NEW BOOKS that they have chosen – they receive a pack three times a year. How awesome!
Three cheers to the corporate sponsors and government initiatives that provide the financial assistance to enable this to happen. We HAVE to have fluent and active readers and lovers of books!!

choosing from these titles

More info on Books in Homes:
The Books in Homes Programme was originally inspired by Maori author Alan Duff who wrote the widely acclaimed book “Once Were Warriors”. It was founded 21 years ago in New Zealand after realising that failure in adult life often stems from childhoods spent in homes without books.
Books in Homes Australia was founded in 2001 and has a similar footprint to it’s Kiwi neighbour.
Books in Homes Australia provides books-of-choice to families and children living in remote and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong success. Books are chosen from Preview Packs of which 25% of titles are written by Indigenous Authors. These Packs are ultimately donated to the host organisation for the entire community to access.
For the past 10 years, Books in Homes Australia has successfully delivered more than 1,000,000 quality books of choice, to over 300 low socio-economic schools and more than 50 supported playgroups, in primarily remote and at-risk communities in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania.
This term (yes term 2 is nearly over) Books in Homes distributed books to 230 Primary Schools (Primary Programme) & 55 Playgroups (0-3 Programme)
And this term Books in Homes distributed a total of 68,454 books to students in Primary Schools & 4,842 books to families in 0-3 playgroups

Have a look at the Books In Homes website for more information.

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