Sunday, September 3, 2017

Indigenous Literacy Day 6th of September

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 is Indigenous Literacy Day which is a national celebration of Indigenous Australian culture, stories, language and literacy.

Indigenous Literacy Day is a great day to support the Indigneous Literacy Foundation. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation ia a national not-for-profit charity focussed on improving literacy levels in very remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. They run a a variety of programs such as supporting the publishing of books by Indigenous Australian authors.

JCU Library has a large collection of Indigenous authored titles. A children's book recommendation is Go Home, Cheeky Animals! by Johanna Bell and Dion Beasley.  The book is illustrated by Northern Territory based Dion Beasley who was appraoched by Johanna Bell  after she saw an exhibition of his cheeky dogs' art in Sydney, New South Wales. Apart from the distances in their hometowns, Dion and Johanna also communicated their ideas in sign language as Dion is profoundly deaf.

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