ABC Life Matters with Michael Mackenzie, 10th Juy 2021
'Boxed up books are headed to First Nations communities'
Access to new and culturally appropriate reading material is paramount when it comes to closing the gap targets for literacy and numeracy in First Nations school children.
That's the idea behind Books n Boots, a charity that aims to bring books into the homes of First Nations families.
Books 'n' Boots has since helped thousands of pre-loved books travel to rural and remote First Nations communities and schools.
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ABC Everyday, 15th June 2021
'Why John and Tara are rescuing books from landfill' by Fernanda Fain-Binda
Imagine a truckload of picture books, delivered to kids with love.
That's the idea behind Books n Boots, a charity that saves pre-loved books from landfill and gets them to Indigenous communities in remote Australia.
The charity was set up by John Harding, a Meriam/Gu-Gu Yimider playwright and activist, and his partner Tara Newen, a welfare worker.
"I saw a post [online] from a woman who put out a request for people to donate books," John says.
"The schools don't get any money for picture books.
"And this woman, who's probably my cousin (because everyone on the islands is my cousin) was trying to help.
"I thought: 'Here I am living high on the hog in Maidstone and my little cousins can't access a book!'"
There was a big picture issue here too.
"Sharing a story is one of the oldest aspects of Aboriginal culture," John says.
"Even if it's in the form of a Dr. Seuss book, you're strengthening the bond between families and showing the kids words on a page."
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Tweed Valley Weekly, 12th April 2021
'Tweed sending books to outback kids', by Jo Kennett
'A Project aimed at closing the literacy gap for First Nations people will see books delivered from Murwillumbah to outback communities thanks largely to Tweed volunteers and businesses.
Volunteers will travel by truck from Murwillumbah to deliver over 1500 pre-loved and new books to school children in Mungindi, Toomelah, and Wilcannia this month as part of the grassroots Books n Boots Project'.
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Tweed sending books to outback kids' By Jo Kennett
Tweed Valley Weekly
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It always was and always will be Aboriginal land
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