Deadly Discovery Backpacks - celebrating Noongar language and culture

As part of Better Beginnings’ ongoing commitment to engaging Aboriginal families with library services and early literacy resources, we are excited to announce the trial of the Deadly Discovery Backpacks.

The Deadly Discovery Backpacks will become part of our suite of loanable resources for families and focuses specifically on Noongar language and culture. They will provide Noongar families in metropolitan areas with resources that are culturally inclusive, interactive and fun, and will encourage them to use their local library as a family resource. 

Included in each backpack are story books (featuring Noongar language, stories and culture), instruments, puppets and activities – all intended to allow families to engage with literacy and storytelling in their homes. The backpacks also include a special gift envelope for families which features some of Better Beginnings specially developed resources for Aboriginal children.

Please note that this a pilot and the Deadly Discovery Backpacks are available (for now) in the following libraries:

 

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I always knew reading to my kids was important, but this has opened my eyes to how important and how much.
Parent
 

I tell stories in Vietnamese and read to my children in English.  I only started reading English after receiving Better Beginnings. 
Parent
 

One mother reads with her four year old every afternoon after school now.  She said without these books, they would not have any to read. 
Teacher, Remote Community School
 

I always knew reading to my kids was important, but this has opened my eyes to how important and how much.
Parent

I think it’s been a wonderful initiative.  I feel sure it’s going to benefit both the children and parents and develop links with the library.
Teacher
 

 

It’s wonderful to have support across the community emphasising the importance of reading and language development. 
Community Health Nurse
 

…I never thought of reading to my baby.  Better Beginnings has really boosted my confidence.
Parent

Better Beginnings gave me confidence. I know reading is an everyday tool and teaching my children will help them be more successful in life.
Parent