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Introducing our Literacy Partner for 2023: Indigenous Literacy Foundation

As part of our ongoing objective of supporting global literacy initiatives, Biblio is excited to introduce our audience to our newest “Round Up for Reading” partner, The Indigenous Literacy Foundation. You can now round up the total in your shopping cart to the nearest dollar to contribute to their excellent work.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is an Australian not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to invest in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities to provide the tools and resources they request to shape the direction of their children’s literacy futures. In 2022, they gave away 120,000 books last year to 400 remote indigenous communities in Australia.

The ILF was founded by Suzy Wilson, a former teacher and education consultant who owns Riverbend Books in Bulimba, QLD. In 2004, Suzy launched the Riverbend Readers’ Challenge, with the aim of raising funds to improve literacy outcomes in remote Australia. 

The Riverbend Readers’ Challenge partnered with the Fred Hollows Foundation to become the Indigenous Literacy Project in 2007. In 2011, it became the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

“The ILF’s Book Supply program has facilitated
intergenerational reading and the sharing of
traditional stories. It is wonderful to see how
much the children love reading the books.”

Kristine McConnell, Manager
Adjumarllarl Aboriginal Corporation

Since 2011, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation has worked with over 400 remote communities, gifted 636,000 books, supplied 83 playgroups with early literacy Book Buzz resources, and published 143 books reflecting 26 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. 

The books published by the ILF are translated into the native languages of the people they serve, from popular books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar to works written by Indigenous communities through a Community Writing Project. They’ve even translated books into a language that only 50 people on Earth speak! 

We’re excited to work with ILF and help their efforts to share the love of reading across Australia.

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