Buk bilong Pikinini would like to thank Theodist for becoming a Gold Sponsor of the organisation and for hosting a book launch to introduce our first books. Theodist is Port Moresby's largest stationary company and has provided funding for BbP since 2012 and has also assisted us with the development of our colourful range of merchandise (pencils, pencil cases and book bags). The books are now on sale at Theodist. (www.theodist.com)
The books launched are entitled "Our Village: Tatana Island" and "Buk bilong Koki Markets" and are aimed at providing more exciting books for budding readers and children with lower literacy levels. The books have been developed with the amazing support of celebrated Australian Author and Illustrator Alison Lester (www.alisonlester.com) and Publisher Andrew Kelly of WildDog books (www.wdog.com.au).
These book are the first in a series, which will be developed by Buk bilong Pikinini in partnership with PNG children, authors and illustrators, to ensure that more culturally appropriate books are available on the shelves of BbP libraries.
Pictured above left is Eric (5 years old), who has learnt to read at our library on Tatana Island. Eric read the whole book to the media and invited guests. Above right is PNG's First Lady Mrs. Lynda Babao-O'Neill with her son Paddy. Pictured below left are excited children at our Tatana library seeing themselves in a book for the first time. Below right the great people of Theodist with Mrs. O'Neill.