Since 2006, any bub lucky enough to be born in South Australia will have been the recipient of a free Reading Pack, courtesy of Raising Literacy Australia (RLA) and its early intervention literacy campaign, The Little Big Book Club. The South Australian based not-for-profit organisation has distributed an impressive 370,000 reading bags since the establishment of The Little Big Book Club, ensuring each little South Australian gets their very own home-library. The free Reading Pack project, which also supplies additional reading bags for toddlers and pre-schoolers, aims to support the development of early literacy, numeracy and promote a lifelong love of books and reading to all South Australian families.
This year, the organisation have taken their mission to promote regular reading with young children to the next level, establishing their own publishing house, Little Book Press. The 2018 Reading Pack will feature four titles from their publishing arm, including Jump and Shout! by Mike Dumbleton and Peter Carnavas; Wilbur, Grace and Joe by Phil Cummings and Amanda Graham, Lullabies for Bed Time (a compilation of authors including Katrina Germein, Louise Pike, Susan Betts, Phil Cummings Kerry Brown and Mike Dumbleton) plus a new interactive numeracy book for toddlers, Busy Little Creatures.
The preschool reading pack for 2018 will also include KIDDO favourite, Little Chicken Chickabee, by Janeen Brian. A beautiful story about difference, resilience and courage, it’s charmingly illustrated by Adelaide based Danny Snell and recently scored a Notable Book award by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, 2017.
The RLA sets an Australian benchmark through its literacy initiatives, and you can support their ongoing mission by donating, hosting a book swap or even purchasing recommended titles through their website, thanks to their partnership with Booktopia.
For more information and a complete list of Reading Pack collection points, visit thelittlebigbookclub.com.au .