Read to Me
This important project has been established by Raising Literacy Australia under The Little Big Book Club program to support SA children aged 0-5 years who have been placed in out-of-home care.
With the generous support of Variety – The Children’s Charity of South Australia, Families SA and Cochrane’s, the Read to Me initiative has been designed to assist in the development of emergent literacy skills and language with the added benefit of establishing a library of books that the children can keep and enjoy for many years to come.
Eligible children receive an initial start-up library featuring:
- 10 picture and board books
- A Read to Me Library Bag and
- Supporting resources for foster carers which includes an activity book and role-modelling DVD.
Every three months children will receive an additional three books to supplement their home library, along with specially designed activities that complement the books.
Since 2015, almost 50,000 books have been distributed as part of the project.
New in 2019! Author and Illustrator Mentoring Initiative
With grant support from the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation, Raising Literacy Australia is managing an exciting new mentoring program for emerging writers and illustrators living in South Australia.
The grant will enable four unpublished artists to undertake professional mentoring to enhance their manuscripts and illustrations as well as hands-on access to publishing practices such as editing, graphic design and pre-press production. Over a two year period the artists will be mentored in all facets of children’s book production and will see their stories and illustrations come to life by local, award-winning publisher, Little Book Press (the publishing division of Raising Literacy Australia)
The successful mentoring applicants will be announced soon. A big thank you to our selection committee for their ongoing support of this project.