Children's books in the 0-6 age group, please!

Buk bilong Pikinini is grateful for all the wonderful children's books we receive from the general public and publishers in Australia. At the moment we have a shortage of books for young children and would greatly appreciate more donations of early readers, books with big pictures and big text. We recently received a donation in Canberra of second hand Dick Bruna books which will be perfect for the younger children to enjoy.


Thank you Random House!

Buk bilong Pikinini wishes to thank Random House for the donation of some fantastic children's books. There were 2 boxes of brand new and exciting children's fairy tales, young readers and also a few copies of Wendy Harmer's Pearlie and Opal (pictured above left) about two very energetic fairies. We hope to receive many more great books like these!


The Hobart Bookshop donates inspiring books

The excellent Hobart Bookshop has again donated some wonderful new books to Buk bilong Pikinini. What is so special about this donation is that the Hobart Bookshop takes uttermost care to suit the interests and subject matter of Papua New Guinea children when choosing books for donation. Buk bilong Pikinini is always trying to make sure that the books that we put into our libraries carry a balanced mix of stories about both local children and children living across the globe. Many of the books donated by the Hobart Bookshop are about life in indigenous australian communities and mythical stories. There are also stories from New Zealand and Africa. Buk bilong Pikinini is most grateful for these fantastic books and hope that others will choose to follow this most excellent example. Thank you also for the ongoing financial donations! 

Free shipping of books to Papua New Guinea

It has now been more than three years since Ms Hellen White, Buk bilong Pikinini member and Manager of Express Freight Management, announced at a committee meeting that Seafast, a large Australian freight forwarder, Express Freight Management and Consort Express Lines would work together to consolidate, ship, handle and clear all books donated to Buk bilong Pikinini in Australia for Papua New Guinea. We remember that day very clearly as it changed the future of Buk bilong Pikinini. This commitment and support is what has enabled Buk bilong Pikinini to exist and be able to have enough high quality books to keep opening children's libraries with more than 2000 references per library. If Buk bilong Pikinini had needed to fundraise to pay for shipping as well as for the establishment of libraries we would not have eight libraries today with many more to come.
Books donated to Buk bilong Pikinini are collected at three depots, set up by Seafast, in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. When books are donated in other cities or outside metropolitan areas Seafast organises transportation to the nearest depot. The books are then shipped to Port Moresby by Seafast, who specialise in shipping services to PNG and the Pacific Islands, and are then custom cleared and handled by Express Freight Management.
Buk bilong Pikinini is not able to handle shipping for books or other items donated to other organisations - if books or other items are handed into Seafast/Buk bilong Pikinini depots they will be donated to BbP libraries or other organisations in Port Moresby. Please note that Buk bilong Pikinini cannot ship books or other items to ports other than Port Moresby. Once the books have been cleared by Express Freight Management the books go directly to the Buk bilong Pikinini storage facility where they are processed, sorted and made ready for distribution into our libraries across Papua New Guinea.
Buk bilong Pikinini would like to thank Seafast, Express Freight Management and Consort Express Lines for their ongoing, committed and invaluable support to get our donated books sent safely to their final destination. A personal thanks to Brett Magnay, Bob Howden, Bryan Hood, Syd Thomson, Janette Symes, Terry Fuery and Hellen White - you are truly part of making PNG children happy readers!

Attention all book donors! 

Buk bilong Pikinini is very fortunate to have regular book donations which are being shipped to PNG on a regular basis by Seafast.
However, due to new rules introduced by PNG customs all book donors must add a packing list to the shipping documents. The packing list just needs to specify the number of boxes donated and contents. There is no need to get down to too many details simply say, for example: 23 boxes of children's books, 2 boxes of puzzles, 4 boxes of books for adults. Thank you so much for your most precious donations and assistance! 

School children collecting books for Buk bilong Pikinini

Buk bilong Pikinini would not exist without our wonderful book collectors and donors. When children get involved with collecting books or funds for Buk bilong Pikinini they usually get very passionate about helping others who are less fortunate. We are very grateful for your help! Please keep the books coming!

Please let us know if you conduct a book drive so we can thank you here! 


In 2011-2012 Buk bilong Pikinini would like to thank the following schools for book donations: 

Canberra Grammar Boys School, Canberra

O'Connor Cooperative School, Canberra 

Turner Primary School, Canberra

Ainslie Primary School, Canberra

St. Benedicts, Canberrra 

Xavier College, Kew - Victoria 

Mary Mackillop Primary School, Birkdale, Queensland 



Michelle Chapman has supervised and organised two book collections and has collected more than 3000 books with donations of books from her church community and St Josephs Primaray school in Charlestown. Both of her children have been very involved with collecting and "quality checking" the books. Here is what she has to say:   


"I have really enjoyed collecting the books for Buk Bilong Pikinini. The school that my son attends, really got behind this project, so I have the kids and families of St Josephs Primary School Charlestown to thank for all the books! I know the kids there were really happy to know  they were helping the children over in PNG, and are now really proud of their achievement in collecting so many books. I really hope this helps your charity add to the great work you do over there.

For me personally, this is my second book collection and I really enjoy it. I am happy to think other children might be inspired to read, and learn the love of reading as my own children have. I look forward to doing another collection in the future, and would like to be involved in any other project you may have happening, so please keep me informed."

 Michelle Chapman 



 Here is a picture of Michelle, her children

 and friends quality checking the donated








Mrs. Jennifer Thompson, Director of Early Childhood at Canberra Grammar Boys School Northside Campus and Lucy Russell with donated books.

Canberra Grammar Boys School has donated a large number of great books from their fete both in 2011 and 2012 and the Northside Campus also conducted a very successful book collection in 2011. The children donated 100 dollars and the school has invited Buk bilong Pikinini to conduct another book drive this year.








Lily Jacobs from Xavier College in Kew,Victoria. 

Lily had a theme at school about "How we Organise Ourselves". The class has been looking at ‘our rights and responsibilities as global citizens’ and as part of that program was asked to initiate a personal action that would help people in need.

Her mother Kristy Jacobs said; "Lily was keen to help children and somehow combine that with her love of reading and books. After some research on the internet we came across the Buk bilong Pikinini organisation and felt it was the right fit."
Lily has just shipped over 400 books with Seafast to Buk bilong Pikinini in PNG.