A successful event in Melbourne

Buk bilong Pikinini held an event in Melbourne on April 1 to celebrate that the talented and celebrated children's books author and illustrator Alison Lester has accepted our invitation to become a patron for our organisation. We also launched our new books developed in partnership with Andrew Kelly of Wild Dog Books and Alison Lester.

An auction was held to do a bit of fundraising at the same time. It was a great evening, where we took the opportunity to thank our Melbourne-based donors such as the Harold Mitchell Foundation, Oxford University Press, Hardie Grant Egmont and more for their amazing support!

Anne-Sophie Hermann, Founder of Buk bilong Pikinini, said: “It is a great honour for Buk bilong Pikinini to have Alison Lester as our patron. The support of both Andrew Kelly and Alison Lester has now enabled us to produce our very first books, which have already been greatly received by the children in our libraries. We are hoping that these books will be the first of many culturally-appropriate books produced and will be a contribution to diversity in children’s publishing.”

Alison Lester,  said; “It was fabulous to travel to PNG and see the children at Buk bilong Pikinini libraries so excited and happy, all reading, writing and painting, things they had never had the chance to do before Buk bilong Pikinini was established.” See more about Alison's involvement with Buk bilong Pikinini here.

Andrew Kelly of Wild Dog Books said; “We are thrilled to partner with Buk bilong Pikinini. It has been a pleasure to work with Buk bilong Pikinini to create books that reflect the lives of the children who visit the libraries. The children can find themselves in these books.”

The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs said: “I visited a number of Buk bilong Pikinini libraries in 2014 and I support their excellent work helping PNG children to learn to read and foster a love of learning. I am pleased that Buk bilong Pikinini has received help from Australian authors and publishing houses to produce culturally appropriate books for the children of PNG.

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Former Patron Hon. Richard Marles makes a visit to our Six Mile library

Buk bilong Pikinini welcomed our patron for 2012, Hon. Richard Marles - Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection to our Six Mile library in Port Moresby on Wednesday the 29th of April.

The visit was opportunity for the Shadow Minister to witness the progress Buk bilong Pikinini has made since 2012 to create valuable learning opportunities for PNG’s most vulnerable children. The Shadow Minister took turns with 5 year old Bodger to read a story to the children and families coming to our Six Mile library.

Hon. Richard Marles said: “It is wonderful to be back here and learn first-hand about the terrific opportunities Buk bilong Pikinini is giving children and also adults in PNG. This program is very dear to my heart and I am so pleased it has given so many in PNG the chance to become literate and enjoy reading.” 


Book launch and celebration with Theodist

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. (

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 ( and Publisher Andrew Kelly of WildDog books (

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.

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Annual Training a great success

Buk bilong Pikinini held its first 2015 training sessions in January and Teacher-Librarians from Port Moresby and Provincial libraries attended the two week programme. The Teacher-Librarians were updated and trained on new changes to the BbP syllabus and received new and exciting materials developed by the Education Team to ensure continued enhanced learning outcomes.

The teachers were made familiar with the new Child Rights Policy, Human Resource Policy, media policies and upcoming events. The training was well received by the teachers who enjoyed all the topics covered and also had a great time with all the activities. See our Facebook page for lots of pictures.