Books show a whole new world to country kids

Swanbourne Primary School’s kindergarten class played host to a playgroup from the remote Warburton area on Indigenous Literacy Day. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d407276
Swanbourne Primary School’s kindergarten class played host to a playgroup from the remote Warburton area on Indigenous Literacy Day. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d407276

Last week the Warburton playgroup from the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku visited Swanbourne Primary School to read the recently translated books commissioned by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF).

Warburton Early Years Program regional co-ordinator Anne Shinkfield said the playgroup’s visit was the first time the Warburton children had experienced a city classroom.

‘Basically they’re learning what books are, what stories are ” they don’t have books in their homes,’ Ms Shinkfield said.

‘Using these books, especially lovely ones like Where’s Spot and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, they are seeing books they will see in kindergarten’