Literacy, Reading

Indigenous Literacy Day

September 05, 2018

September 5 2018 is Indigenous Literacy Day – a national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy.

It is organised by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation which aims to reduce the disadvantage experienced by children in remote Indigenous communities across Australia.

First 5 Forever shares this aspiration and provides support Queensland-wide including in ten Indigenous Knowledge Centres around the state. It’s important work because reading really does opens doors and every child has the right to quality early literacy experiences and resources

How to celebrate?

  • Participate in a book swap in your community – they are happening nation-wide and are a great fundraiser for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
  • Check out our list of recommended picture books that celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Look for these titles and more at your local library.
  • Learn and teach your child a traditional rhyme or a song. Sing in the bath, at nappy change, in the car…anywhere! Try this Crocodile Song we learnt with communities from the Torres Strait.
  • Talk, read, sing and play – every day. Children are preparing for literacy from the day they are born and they learn most from the important people around them. The little things you do together every day all count towards helping them on their literacy journey.