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Sign up to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s Great Book Swap fundraiser!


The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally and learn more about Indigenous languages and culture, while raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Schools, workplaces, libraries, individuals and all kinds of organisations can host a Great Book Swap. The idea is to swap a favourite book in exchange for a gold coin donation.

This year, we are aiming to raise $350,000! By registering to host a Great Book Swap, you will be actively helping us gift 35,000 new, culturally relevant books to children in remote communities across the country. There has never been a better time to get involved, raise some money and instill a sense of social justice and responsibility in students, colleagues and participants.


Which house will you belong to?

Learn how to say yirrikipayi in Tiwi, lungkura in Walmajarri, wamparla in Arabana, bigibigi in Kriol and maranydjalk in Yolngu Matha! Once you register, we’ll assign you one of five Aboriginal language houses named after animal characters in our books. We’ll also provide you with access to some fantastic online learning resources, including teachers’ notes, fact sheets, videos and social media tiles to easily share your fundraising with your wider community.


‘The Great Book Swap is a win-win. Not only does it help raise money to improve literacy levels in remote communities, but the excitement and fun that a book swap generates will help improve literacy levels in your community or organisation as well!’
—Andy Griffiths, ILF Lifetime Ambassador


Learn more about the Great Book Swap with author, illustrator and ILF Ambassador Gregg Dreise

‘I feel that the best part of our fundraising for the ILF was helping our students gain a better understanding of remote communities, the literacy gap for Indigenous people living in remote communities and the power of books, especially those that are relevant and in first languages.’
—Elisa Spano, Teacher, Avalon Public School





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