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ISSUE 54 | May 2019
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HELLO FROM THE OFFICE
We've had an exceptionally busy month... in a good way. Not only are we fully focussed on activating the Term 2, 2019 Program in schools, centres and communities around Australia, but we've also been attending lots of meetings aimed at expanding our activities so we can continue meeting our mission. One of the ways we're doing this is engaging with other like-minded individuals and organisations. One of those organisations is the Australian Children's Laureate Foundation (ACLF). I had a terrific meeting with two fabulous literacy specialists and authors—Laurine Croasdale (ACLF Board member) and Lindy Batchelor (ACLF Program Manager, as well as a long-term Books in Homes Role Model). We're currently putting together a plan on how we can collaborate to spread the message about getting more children to read and getting more books into homes. I personally love it when charities can work together for a common cause! We also met with the irrepressible Jaqui Lane who has been a passionate advocate for children's literacy and long-term supporter of Books in Homes, starting with her participation and fund-raising on the Larapinta Trail several years ago, which raised somewhere in the vicinity of $32,000 for our charity. Jaqui was also responsible for helping children at Auburn North Public School, write, illustrate and publish their own book, and is a Role Model. I also met with Brisbane-based radio announcer, actor and children's theatre producer (and new Role Model) Terry Hansen to discuss a proposition for Queensland. Can't wait to hear more and take the next step. Next week is the first Book Selection Committee for the year, so we're looking forward to touching base with the committee members, sharing a few laughs, and seeing what books make the cut for the various Term 4, 2019 book catalogues. We've also been honoured and privileged to attend some GWS GIANTS events (see feature story below), and we thank Samantha Scott, as well as Ali Faraj and Emad Elkheir for inviting us (Emad is also a Role Model for Books in Homes who used to volunteer to go out to three to five schools per term back in 2013 and 2014 in the Greater Western Sydney area until we ran out of schools for him to visit. Onya, Emad!). Before we go, we also want to extend our best wishes to the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA), which is having its annual conference in Canberra this weekend. We know many of our Role Models will be attending and we hope you have a wonderful time. Wish we could be there.
Peter Large
Chief Executive Officer &
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

 
FEATURE ARTICLE:
GIANTS MAY MASHUP

The GIANTS work with charity partners as part of their social responsibility within Western Sydney, ACT, Southern NSW and broader communities, and Books in Homes is privileged to be one of them. This collaboration addresses relevant social issues and drives awareness. In our case, Books In Homes will work within the GIANTS communities to share the importance of reading and literacy while identifying the schools with the most need for books.

A number of months ago we had an opportunity to support the GIANTS Fan Day at Blacktown and to let the community know what we do and how we do it. During May, the GIANTS extended their hand of friendship and invited us to several of their activities. For starters, Julie Ditrich accompanied by Julie Large, attended the GIANTS Ladies Luncheon, which was an afternoon full of fun where the GIANTS celebrated the important role women play in their lives. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney. The keynote speaker was GIANTS Board Member and Channel Seven journalist and personality Melissa Doyle who inspired the attendees with the story of her career journey—something she was not used to doing because she usually did the interviewing. The luncheon also included a panel with some of the club’s best female athletes from the AFLW program and GIANTS Netball team. The GIANTS’ Ladies Luncheon presented a fantastic opportunity for the two Julies to mingle with club ambassadors, business leaders from across the country, GIANTS fans and representatives from other charity partners. It was a warm, motivating and generous event, reflecting the inclusiveness of the Club. 

Two days later, as guests of the GIANTS, Peter Large and his wife Julie attended the GIANTS’ clash with Carlton at GIANTS Stadium, where the GIANTS won by a large margin. Peter and Julie took some old family friends with them, and that included Sean, an intellectually disabled man who had never been to an AFL game before. Sean had a great time, following all the activity on the field as well as off. It was a great day enjoyed by all.

Then on the Monday, the very next day,  Peter Large and his wife along with Julie Ditrich attended the GIANTS Iftar Dinner at the Giant training ground at Sydney Olympic Park. 'Iftar' refers to the evening meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during the Islamic month of Ramadan. The evening started with a several speeches from various community leaders, including a welcoming speech from Gladys Berejiklian, the Premier of NSW. Later on we listened to a panel discussion with Muslim athletes, reflecting on how they approached Ramadan while they were training. Several hundred people attended and enjoyed sharing extraordinary Middle Eastern, Asian and Australian cuisines from a number of food vendors, followed by an extraordinary supply of desserts for those with a sweet tooth, all after dark of course.

The Books in Homes team is exceptionally privileged to attend these events as a charity partner of the GIANTS Community program initiatives. We will also be involved in the GIANTS Community Day on Sunday 7 July, when the GIANTS play Brisbane at Giants Stadium. Our stand on the day will include storytellers and books, books and more books... and some prizes as well. We thank the GIANTS for their generosity, and we in turn want to bring the message of mutual collaboration to the Greater Western Sydney community and work towards getting books-of-choice into the hands of children from Campbelltown to Liverpool to Mount Druitt and Blacktown and the suburbs in between.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
Sponsor: Mingara Recreation Club
Location: Tumbi Umbi, Central Coast, NSW
Website: www.mingara.com.au
What does Mingara Recreation Club do?
Mingara Recreation Club is the destination for Central Coast restaurants and bars, entertainment, promotions, kids play areas, sport and fitness facilities, corporate events, celebrations and community involvement.

How long has Mingara Recreation Club been supporting Books in Homes Australia? 
MIingara as been supporting Books in Homes since 2015.

What school does Mingara Recreation Club sponsor?
Mingara currently sponsors Brooke Avenue Public School in Killarney Vale East, and has also sponsored The Entrance Public School and Wyong Public School in previous years.

PHOTO (top row, left to right): Dani Barnes (Mingara), Kylie McGlashan (Mingara), Renae Warren (Mingara), Visitor (Greater Bank), Vicki McBeath (Greater Bank). 
ROLE MODEL CORNER
Name: James Foley
Location: Perth, WA
Job: Children's author and illustrator
Website: 
www.jamesfoley.com.au
What part of your work most interests you?
My job has two parts: working from home on books and illustrations; and visiting schools, libraries and writers festivals. Both parts of my job are great for different reasons; I love being able to get out of the house and meet my audience and share my stories, but I also love being able to work from home in my pjs.

How did you choose your career path? 
It was what I always wanted to do since I was a kid, but I wasn’t sure it was a thing you could actually do. Then I found out about the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I signed up, and found myself in a wonderful supportive community who encouraged me and provided the opportunities I needed to break into the industry.

Who has inspired you most in life? Why?
Good question… I’m not sure it’s one person in particular, it’s a bunch of people—all the authors and illustrators I admired as a kid. Roald Dahl, Graeme Base, Shaun Tan, Bruce Whatley, Craig Smith, Terry Denton, Roland Harvey, Bill Watterson, Goscinny and Uderzo. I loved their stories and illustrations and wished I could do the same.

What did you most enjoy about school?
Creative writing time, and library time. Because of the stories!

What did you hate most about school?
Sport, because I was rubbish at it and didn’t see the point.

What advice would you give your 10-year old self?
First of all—don’t freak out, but I’m you from the future. Pretty weird, huh?
Secondly—try not to take yourself too seriously.

What three children’s books were your favourites when you were at school?
The Eleventh Hour, by Graeme Base.            
Asterix the Gaul, by Goscinny and Uderzo.
Boy/Going Solo, by Roald Dahl.

What would you take to a desert island?
Satellite phone, GPS, and Bear Grylls.

And just for fun, choose your preference below:
Lions, tigers or bears (oh my!)? I’m a huge fan of Calvin and Hobbes, so I have to say tigers.
Jelly babies or jelly snakes? Snakes. They have more jelly.
Spring, summer, autumn or winter? Spring.
Tennis or cricket? Backyard cricket.
Passionfruit or mangoes? Mangoes.
Ghosts or goblins? Ghosts.
Planes, trains or automobiles? Trains.
Harry Potter, Hermione Granger or Ron Weasley? 
Hermione is the best. She’s the only one who knows what’s going on!
Fantasy or sci-fi? Sci-fi.
Running or yoga? Yoga.
SHOUT OUT!
A big thank you to Suzanne Barton and Paul Goddard from Bluebell Books for donating 20 copies of the wonderful picture book Meeka written by Suzanne Barton and illustrated by Anil Tortop to Books in Homes. We really appreciate your generosity.
Another giant shout out goes to Condell Park High School for the extra-ordinary generosity of the students who raised $232.70 towards Books in Homes. Goodonya, students! Those funds will go a long way in helping disadvantaged primary school children on the Program.
And a third thank you to William-Gray Carroll, a navy man who is currently recovering from an injury received whilst on duty who also donated a bunch of comics and graphic novels from his collection to Books in Homes. Much appreciated, William! 
And a final thanks goes to long-time supporter and Role Model (since 2010 to be exact!) Roslyn Motter who donated several boxes of her book series to Books in Homes. These will find their way to children on the Program all over Australia. Thanks, Roslyn.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Books in Homes has stock of some lovely books and we'd LOVE to send out to children on the Program across the country. Can you help us achieve that by donating to our Postage Fund? CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS Thank you kindly.
FUN BOOK FACTS WITH RACHEL
The three most widely read fiction books in the world (some of these shouldn’t be surprising!) are:
  1. The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien – 150 million copies sold!
  2. Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – 140 million copies sold!
  3. And, of course, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling (because who doesn’t love a bit of magic in their lives?) – 120 million!
Fun Book Facts have been contributed by our resident researcher, Role Model and emerging author, Rachel Armstrong, who is located in Townsville, Qld. You can read more about Rachel here: www.rachelarmstrongauthor.com.au
THE BOOK THAT CHANGED ME
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is a story of good versus evil, the power of conviction, and the strength of love, portrayed through the eyes and thoughts of Enzo, the family dog with a penchant for Formula One. Written with uncompromising warmth and wit, this story made me take stock of reality and realise that what matters most is what you make matter. Stock up on tissues and buckle yourself in for a great ride.
Submitted by Dimity Powell, Children's Author.
TERM 1, 2019 BOOK CATALOGUE ROLE MODEL COMPETITION WINNERS
There were over 400 entries in the Term 1, 2019 Role Model Competition published in the Primary Book Catalogue.

The answers to the questions are as follows:
1. Who is our Role Model this term? Aaron Blabey.
2. What is the simple reason our Role Model became a writer? Stories are his favourite thing in the world.
3. Which character would our Role Model solve a shadowy mystery with? Tintin.
4. What was our Role Model's superpower when he was a kid? His imagination.
5. What Australian bird does our Role Model relate to? The magpie.

Congratulations to the following students who submitted outstanding entries, including some awesome sketches, and won one of the 25 prize packs donated by Scholastic Australia! Your book packs will be sent to your school soon.
 
Will J (9), Penshurst Primary School, Vic
Matild S (7), Denman Public School, NSW
Shazer A (9), Broadmeadows Primary School, Vic
Julia C (8), Matraville Soldiers Settlement Public School, NSW
Levi J P (11), Woodberry Public School, NSW
Jaiden C (11), Woodberry Public School, NSW
Bradley P (11), Woodberry Public School, NSW
Lucas P (8), Woodberry Public School, NSW
Shelby S (7), Woodberry Public School, NSW
Rohan M (11), Woodberry Public School, NSW
Biak GP (10), Blackburn English Language School, Vic
Lian VP (10), Blackburn English Language School, Vic
Fenry NPC (11), Blackburn English Language School, Vic
Merilyn M (11), Blackburn English Language School, Vic
Suhana K (8), Taree Public School, NSW
Dylan C (8), Taree Public School, NSW
Rubie V (9), Taree Public School, NSW
Cooper J (7), Taree Public School, NSW
Isla D (7), Taree Public School, NSW
Sierra A-S (8), Trinity Catholic School, Vic
Kathy N (9), Trinity Catholic School, Vic
Abigail S (8), Trinity Catholic School, Vic
Lincoln D (11), Trinity Catholic School, Vic
Philiana W (11), Trinity Catholic School, Vic
William H (11), Trinity Catholic School, Vic
MAINFREIGHT CALENDAR – JUNE 2019
The June 2019 image was illustrated by Arizo
(Age 11) from Noble Park Primary School.

CLICK on the image above to download the calendar page.
Provided courtesy of Mainfreight.

IN THIS ISSUE
HELLO FROM THE OFFICE
FEATURE ARTICLE: GIANTS May Mashup
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: 
Mingara Recreation Centre
ROLE MODEL CORNER: James Foley
SHOUT OUT!
FUN BOOK FACTS WITH RACHEL
THE BOOK THAT CHANGED ME: Dimity Powell

TERM 1, 2019 BOOK CATALOGUE ROLE MODEL COMPETITION WINNERS
MAINFREIGHT CALENDAR: June 2019
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FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS
Please help us raise raise funds in the 
Books in Homes GIANTS Greater Western Sydney Campaign,
which aims to identify and fund primary schools in Western and South Western Sydney that would benefit from being on the Program. 
Help us raise $2,000 so we can send additional donated books, magazines and gifts to children on the Program.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SCHOOL SPONSORS
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS PARTNERS
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS & SUPPORTERS
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SCHOOL DONORS & SUPPORTERS
WELCOME TO OUR NEW ROLE MODELS
Welcome to new Role Model Richard Eade who is a Retired Self Employed Steel Fabricator.
Welcome to new Role Model Kim Griffin who is a Storyville Storyteller and Actor.
Welcome to new Role Model Fiona Lloyd who is an author.
Welcome to new Role Model Kate Tuart who is a Collections and Exhibitions Officer at the Bank Art Museum Moree (BAMM).
CALL OUT FOR STORIES!
CALLING SPONSORS & SCHOOLS
If you have a good news story about your Book Giving Assemblies and your partnership with Books in Homes Australia then please CLICK THIS LINK  to email THE BRIDGE editor for submission information.
CALLING ROLE MODELS
If you are a Books in Homes Role Model and you are celebrating a great coup like a book or product launch, an award, an anniversary or another achievement, and want to be included in the "SHOUT OUT!" column, then please CLICK THIS LINK to email THE BRIDGE editor for submission information.
CALLING ALL READERS
If you would like to share a story in our "THE BOOK THAT CHANGED ME" column, then please CLICK THIS LINK to email THE BRIDGE editor for submission guidelines.

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