Year of Reading 2012
Anh Do, comedian and award winning author of "The happiest refugee", is one of a number of ambassadors, dedicated to celebrating the National Year of Reading in 2012:
"I owe much of my success to a box of books that my mum bought from St Vinnies when I was a kid. Those books helped me to learn how to read and to turn a fear of words into a love for stories and language."
Australian libraries and library associations have got together to turn 2012 into the National Year of Reading, linking together all the great things that are already happening around books, reading and literacy, and giving them an extra boost, with inspirational programs and events taking place across the country. Government, writers, schools, publishers, booksellers, employers, child care providers, health professionals and a whole host of other organisations are partnering to share a passion for reading.
My Language will seek to celebrate what this can mean for culturally and linguistically diverse communities around Australia, including as a feature of our Conference in August 2012
Below are some online multicultural resources to celebrate the National Year of Reading 2012.
|Resources for children||Resources for adults|
Find translated information on the importance of reading as well as stories, songs and games for children in many languages
201 literacy and maths tips
Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Online translated information providing literacy and maths tips to help families support their child's learning at home and at school. It provides practical activities for families to do with their child at home and questions they can ask their child to help them learn. The translations are separated into age groups Before School – Year 2 and Year 3 – Year 6
Activities to promote literacy
Embracing Diversity: Songs and rhymes in 15 languages
Burnaby Public Library Canad
Keep your language alive
Translated into Arabic,Bengali,French, Spanish and Turkish
Kids Own Publishing (KOP)
A national not for profit arts organisation motivated by the belief in the power of of self publishing to build a community of strong creative young readers. Explore their projects.
The Little Big Book Club
The Little Big Book Club has teamed up with some of Australia's favourite authors and illustrators to create three fantastic e-books that can be read online and in a range of languages.
Making Multicultural Australia
A site designed for teachers but with many ideas to inspire library programs
Multilingual Family UK
This English site includes links to resoures in many languages
Pasifika Digital Legends
Traditional stories retold digitally in English, Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Fijian, Niue, and Māori
Tumble Book Library
Online children's books in French, Chinese, Spanish and Russian
Multi-lingual online collection of millions of digitized items from European museums, libraries, archives and multi-media collections
A suite of multilingual opensource software for libraries to build and distribute digital library collections.
Library Press Display
Newspapers from 92 countries in 48 languages
World Digital Library
explore online collections around the world