Indigenous Literacy Foundation

If you’re a Riverbend regular or have browsed through our pamphlets at the counter, you may know about The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) was founded by Suzy Wilson, owner of Riverbend Books. Our Patron is The Honourable Quentin Bryce.

ILF is a project of the Australian Book Industry. Our aim is to reduce the disadvantage experienced by children in very remote Indigenous communities across Australia. Our focus is to improve literacy rates and instil a lifelong love of reading. Our programs focus on creating a special relationship with reading from an early age with free books, some in First language, and through publishing stories from communities.

To date we have delivered over 150,000 books to over 250 remote communities. We have published 45 books as translations or in first languages. 

If you would like to DONATE online or find out more about the foundation please visit the ILF website

Indigenous Literacy Day

Open your doors for literacy! Indigenous Literacy Day is our major fundraising day. Through our activities on the day, we focus attention on the disadvantages experienced in remote communities. You, your friends and colleagues are encouraged to raise funds and advocate for more equal access to literacy resources for remote communities. This day is the perfect opportunity to run a Great Book Swap. In 2016, our goal is to raise $400,000.

Register for the Great Book Swap on Indigenous Literacy Day here: