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Wednesday 7 September 2011

Indigenous Literacy Day

Today is Indigenous Literacy Day! This is the fifth annual ILD and there is much that you can do to get involved. Events are being held across Australia - and participating publishers are donating 5 per cent (or more) of their takings to the ILF. Participating booksellers are doing the same, and schools  from around Australia are participating in The Great Book Swap Challenge and other fundraising activities.

Indigenous Literacy Day aims to help raise funds to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. They really need our support to help raise funds to buy books and literacy resources for these communities.

Head to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation website for more information on how you can become involved, and don't forget to enter our fabulous competition to win one of three copies of The Boy and the Crocodile, thanks to Pan Macmillan.

ILF ambassador Andy Griffiths edited this book which features the work of students in remote communities. The students were given small blank 'books' and invited to fill these books – using both picture and words – with a story based on their own lives. These stories could be true or fictional or a mixture of both. They could be dramatic, funny or simply about an activity they love.

The thirteen stories included in this book tell tales of playing with friends, riding motorbikes, picking berries, hunting for emu eggs and wild pigs, terrifying turkeys and angry mamus. The Naked Boy and the Crocodile will be published by Pan Macmillan Australia in September 2011, with proceeds going directly to the ILF.