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Small Seeds: Big Reads

Wiradjuri child, Solonaima, with her Small Seeds book ABC Dreaming, photo courtesy of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.

Our Small Seeds program supports early childhood literacy and ensures children across Australia have access to culturally relevant books they love.

‘Small Seeds is such a deadly program and we’re incredibly grateful. All four of our rooms now have stacks of new books by blackfulla Authors and Illustrators.’ Yappera Children’s Service

Small Seeds is a philanthropic initiative where 100% of donations go directly to purchasing and delivering book packs. Magabala’s ability to support requests for books, is entirely dependent on the generosity of our donors.

We gift book packs to organisations where children may have limited access to books. Books that:

- children can take home, where they may have few or no books
- parents and carers can read with their children
- are relevant to Indigenous children
- increase young people’s understanding of Indigenous culture, and
- promote reconciliation.

Requests come from playgroups, early childhood centres, parenting programs, out of home care facilities, women’s refuges, prison family support programs and many others.

So far in 2020, we have gifted 1206 books through Small Seeds.

Think your organisation may be eligible for a Small Seeds book pack? Contact our Project Officer, Kate Rendell:

Example Small Seeds recipients:

NPY Women’s Council

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council (Aboriginal Corporation) of the western desert region is an organisation driven by women’s law and authority, the collective agency of women, and driven for all Anangu to have a good life. Thanks to Small Seeds, Magabala Books donated 55 books to the NPY Child and Family Wellbeing Service and Domestic and Family Violence teams.

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency

The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is a state-wide Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) servicing children, young people, families, and community members. In 2019, Magabala Books donated over 140 books to the VACCA early-childhood and playgroup programs.

‘Reading teaches sharing and involvement. When someone reads to a child, they are exposing that child to more than just the words on the page; they are demonstrating speech patterns, the basics of how a book is read…and the joy that reading can bring.’ - Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.

Other recipients:

- Karratha Community House – Karratha, WA
- Gumala Aboriginal Corporation – with early childhood centres in Karratha, Roebourne, South Hedland, Marble Bar, Warralong and Wakuthuni, WA
- Marnin Bowa Dumbara Aboriginal Corporation – Derby, WA
- Little Nuggets Early Learning Centre – Halls Creek, WA
- Kununurra Neighbourhood House – Kununurra, WA
- Jalygurr Guwan Aboriginal Corporation – Broome, WA
- Baya Gawiy Early Learning Unit – Fitzroy Crossing, WA
- Yappera Children’s Service Co-op –  Melbourne, VIC
- Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency – Melbourne, VIC  
- Home-Start Program Baptcare – Bendigo, VIC
- ParentsNext Program Kullarri –  Broome, WA
- Kadadjiny Waabiny Aboriginal Playgroup, Meerilinga Children’s Service – Perth, WA
- Aboriginal Community Development Team, City of Armadale – Outer regional Perth, WA
- Goldfield Girls Program, Goolarri Media – Broome, WA
- Kullari community home packs - One Arm Point, Djarindjin, Bidyadanga, Beagle Bay, WA
- Gunawirra: Aboriginal pre-school programs – Regional NSW
- Koorie Kids Playgroup, home packs VACCA – Werribee, VIC
- KindiLink program, Cable Beach - Broome, WA
- Wagga Aboriginal Women's Group - Wagga Wagga, NSW
- Banyule Community Health, Aboriginal Early Years Programs - Melbourne, VIC
- Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service - Albury, NSW
- Aboriginal Legal Service - Perth, WA
- Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre - Fitzroy Crossing, WA
- Babagarra Nyirrwa Residential House - Broome, WA


Small Seeds is funded entirely by philanthropic support.

Donate now to help us give the gift of books.