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ISSUE 50 | January 2019
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HELLO FROM THE OFFICE
Happy New Year! Hope you had a great break.

I'm glad to be back at work after a hectic but fantastic Christmas. Schools have also returned for Term 1, 2019, as has THE BRIDGE in our hard-hitting (well, perhaps that's an over-embellishment) first issue of the year to let you know what we've been up to and where we're going in 2019. We've been sitting on some great news, and over the next month we'll start revealing it to you bit by bit so please keep your eyes peeled on the Latest News section of our website, as well on Facebook and Twitter. Please Like or Follow us if you haven't already. In the first instance, the Ausenco Foundation has sponsored a second school—the first is in Brisbane and the second one in Perth. Now 183 children who are learning English as a second language will get the opportunity to own books and develop their reading and literacy skills.  You can read about it here. Thanks, Ausenco! Secondly, we also have a number of new like-minded strategic partners who are working to help us get books-of-choice into the hands of children in disadvantaged, Indigenous or remote areas around the country. The first one is Storyville, an Equity Foundation (that is, The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance – MEAA) initiative. Some of their storytellers have already started making an amazing contribution during last term.  We're also introducing two new columns in THE BRIDGE from this month. The first column is "Fun Book Facts", which has been put together by our Townsville-based Role Model, Rachel Armstrong. Cheers, Rachel. The second column will feature Sponsors, Role Models, teachers and children who write about "The Book That Changed Me". We've got some profound, funny and also fascinating stories to be published. We're looking forward to sharing those and more with you from month to month.
Peter Large
Chief Executive Officer &
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

 
FEATURE ARTICLE:
THE GENERATION GIRLS DONATE $1000 TO BOOKS IN HOMES
Story and photo contributed by Tess Woods, physiotherapist, novelist, and founder of the Generation Girls, WA.
In December 2018, 12 girls – known as the Generation Girls – from Ballajura Community College launched an anthology of short stories, poems and letters. The anthology, titled Generation Girls, was the culmination of a reading and creative writing mentoring program run by Western Australian novelist, Tess Woods. The girls in the program, aged between 14 and 16 years, formed a book club and read and reviewed young adult books. The girls also completed set homework—writing their own pieces on which Tess provided editorial feedback. A selection of the works written by each girl was then chosen to make up the Generation Girls anthology.

Local publishing house, Serenity Press, owned by Karen McDermott, published Generation Girls in November 2018. The young contributors decided they wanted the sales profits to go to charity. After the girls discussed various charities they ended up expressing a wish to use the money to buy books for other students. Serenity Press generously agreed to donate 100% of profits to Books in Homes Australia. At the book launch, which was held in the school library and attended by the girls’ families and friends, as well as college staff, a giant cheque for $1000 was presented by some of the young authors and their teacher Sharmila Nagar to Sasha Wasley, the WA State Ambassador for Books in Homes. It was an honour for everyone involved in the Generation Girls project and to be able to help spread literacy to more children through the Books in Homes Program.
Generation Girls is what happened when a special group of resilient, fierce and amazing teenage girls were given an opportunity to shine and to inspire. Award-winning Australian author, Tess Woods, mentored 12 teens from Ballajura Community College in Perth in 2018 through a creative writing program. None of the students came from privilege—most of them had English as a second language, and all of them had faced difficult challenges in their young lives. Through the mentoring program, the girls opened up about the issues facing them and other teens today, including social media, peer pressure, consent, and how to be an engaged and valuable member of the wider community. The stories, poems, letters, and advice to other teenagers written by the girls were collated and resulted in this powerful and extraordinary anthology.

Generation Girls can be purchased only through the Serenity Press website: 
www.makingmagichappenacademy.com/product-page/generation-girls

Read about the Founder of the Generation Girls, Tess Woods here: www.tesswoods.com.au/about.html

Read all about the publisher of Generation Girls, Karen McDermott here: www.karenmcdermott.com.au and www.serenitypress.org


PHOTO CREDITS
Above 1: The Generation Girls presenting the donation cheque to Sasha Wasley, Books in Homes WA State Ambassador at the book launch.
Above 2:  The Generation Girls book cover.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
Sponsor: Scholastic Australia
Location: Lisarow, NSW
Website: www.scholastic.com.au
What does Scholastic Australia do?
Scholastic has been the market leader of Australian children’s publishing for over 50 years, bringing the joy of reading to multiple generations of Australian families. Scholastic operates on a unique model, proudly partnering with both Australian schools and major retailers. You can find Scholastic products in Book Club, Book Fairs, the classroom, retail chains and independent booksellers. Scholastic believes that all children should have regular access to quality, affordable books that they have chosen for themselves. Reading ignites a spark of adventure that a child can carry within their heart well into their adult life. Scholastic hopes to light this spark within every child.

How long has Scholastic Australia been supporting Books in Homes Australia? 
Scholastic has been a supporter of Books in Homes Australia since 2010, both as a School Sponsor and our Book and Distribution Partner.


What school does Scholastic Australia sponsor?
Scholastic sponsors Wyoming Public School, NSW.

Scholastic is excited to be partnering with Books in Homes as the sponsor of Wyoming Public School.  We are committed to helping students have ownership of quality books, driven by the belief that owning and having access to books is fundamental in the journey to becoming lifelong readers and learners.
Murray Hawkins, Head of Sales, Scholastic Australia

ROLE MODEL CORNER
Name: Tony Thompson
Location: Melbourne, Vic
Job: Writer
Website: 
www.tonythompson.net

 
What part of your work most interests you?
Research. That’s where I find the story.

How did you choose your career path? 
After reading the Narnia books, nothing else seemed worthwhile.

Who has inspired you most in life? Why?
Visionaries inspire me. Mary Shelley, Charlie Chaplin, Mother Teresa, Ezra Pound, Vali Myers, and Mike Scott are my heroes.

What did you most enjoy about school?
The mad conversations about music and life in the back row of the classroom.

What did you hate most about school? 
Hate is too strong. Indifference to the whole affair might be more accurate.

What advice would you give your 10 year old self?
You want to be a writer. You will always want to be a writer. Don’t get sidetracked.

What three children’s books were your favourites when you were at school?
The Last Battle by CS Lewis, The Prince in Waiting by John Christopher, and Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton.

What would you take to a desert island?
Saxophone, puppet and frisbee.

And just for fun, choose your preference below:
Lions, tigers or bears (oh my!)? Bears – I’m Canadian.
Jelly babies or jelly snakes? Kit Kats – the Emperor of Chocolate Bars.
Spring, summer, autumn or winter? Autumn.
Tennis or cricket? Baseball.
Passionfruit or mangoes? Mangoes.
Ghosts or goblins? Ghosts.
Planes, trains or automobiles? Bicycles.
Harry Potter, Hermione Granger or Ron Weasley? Silver Surfer.
Fantasy or sci-fi? Sci-fi.
Running or yoga? Both, at the same time.
SHOUT OUT!
Congratulations to Role Model Jill Carter-Hansen who was recently honoured in her appointment as the Poet-in-Residence at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She joins the  WORKSHOPS on MUSIC, ARTS and POETRY PROGRAM (WoMAP) where the Arts are explored as an important factor in the process of healing.

Another huge congratulations goes out to Role Model and children's author Sophie Masson who recently received a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)!
FUN BOOK FACTS WITH RACHEL
The most expensive book ever purchased was sold for $30.8 million. The book was called the Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci, who lived almost 600 years ago. It was bought by Bill Gates... who probably made his $30 million back in about a minute!
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
At the age of 9 my school librarian introduced me to Gillian Rubin-stein's Skymaze. I'd found my new hero! Elly was everything I wanted to be, not least of all, she grew up travelling in a circus with her dad. There was no doubt in my mind... I wanted to be Elly! Ten years later I ran away and joined the circus, becoming a trapeze artist. I travelled the world doing trapeze with my copy of Skymaze always under my arm (except when ACTUALLY doing trapeze because I'd hate to drop it). That book changed my life. Elly made me want to be a trapeze artist and Gillian Rubinstein (along with Paul Jennings) made me want to be a writer. I'm living proof that books change lives, set career paths and make dreams come true!
Submitted by Nat Amoore, Kids' Writer and KidLit Podcast Host.  Read all about Nat here: www.natamoore.com
TOP 5 TERM 4, 2018 TITLES
The Top 5 Books chosen by students from the Term 4, 2018 Primary Book Catalogue in each reading level were:

ORANGE
1. The Unscary Book
2. Santa's Gone Surfing
3. Dogasaurus
4. Dinosaurs Rock (with CD)
5. Barney

BLUE
1. Pig the Grub
2. World's Cutest Farm Animals in 3D
3. Where's Timmy?
4. Shopkins Comic Collection
5. The Cat Wants Kittens

PURPLE
1. Secrets of an Overworld Survivor #1: Lost in the Jungle
2. Pearl #1: Pearl the Magical Unicorn
3. Ella and Olivia #19: Note Perfect
4. Tiny Timmy #8: On Holiday!
5. Pokemon: The Orange Islands Adventure Vol 1

GREEN
1. Minecraft Exploded Builds
2. Diary of a Minecraft Zombie #6: Zombie Goes to Camp
3. Tom Gates #14: Biscuits, Bands and Very Big Plans
4. Wyrd
5. Ella Diaries #12: Total TV Drama
MAINFREIGHT CALENDAR – FEBRUARY 2019
The February 2019 image was illustrated by Lenny A
(Age 9) from Matraville Soldiers Settlement Public School, NSW.

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

IN THIS ISSUE
HELLO FROM THE OFFICE
FEATURE ARTICLE: The Generation Girls Donate $1000 to Books in Homes
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Scholastic Australia
ROLE MODEL CORNER: Tony Thompson
SHOUT OUT!
FUN BOOK FACTS WITH RACHEL
THE BOOK THAT CHANGED ME
TOP 5 TERM 4, 2018 TITLES
MAINFREIGHT CALENDAR: February 2019
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FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS
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 SUPPORTERS
WELCOME TO OUR NEW ROLE MODELS
Welcome to new Role Model Louise Park who is a children's author.
Welcome to new Role Model Wendy Wales who is a retired Science teacher.
 
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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