Small Seeds Big Reads: Magabala Books for Little Hands

Why Magabala Books for Little Hands?

Magabala Books receives many requests from the Kimberley and around Australia for book donations. People know that books are important for developing children’s literacy skills and they want to ensure that all children receive books they will love. 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, residential care facilities, foster carers, schools, literacy programs, women’s refuges, prison family support programs and others.

We started ‘Magabala Books for Little Hands’ in October 2015, in response to this growing demand. It is a philanthropic project and depends entirely on donations.

How this initiative will make a difference. It will:

  • Ensure great books are available to Indigenous and non-Indigenous children across Australia
  • Improve literacy by providing books children will want to read
  • Spread the seeds of Indigenous culture
  • Reduce disadvantage.

What has Magabala Books for Little Hands been doing?

In the past two months we have had four requests for donated books and been able to meet two of these.

Our first books went to little hands at the Aboriginal Playgroup in Quairading WA. Leanne was our first donor and her gift made this possible. Leanne knows the value of our children’s books; she is passionate about early learning and active in Japanese language and cultural programs for children in NSW. Thank you Leanne! 

I love Magabala’s new initiative because of its early childhood focus, its inclusivity of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous children, and practicality in donating books to outlets like playgroups and women’s refuges. I also love the use of picture book resources that can be used to develop and strengthen multi literacies across multiple cultures.  

As an expatriate West Australian, I’ve followed Magabala’s successes over the years, and I am delighted to be able to contribute to gifting young kids’ quality literacy development resources. I encourage you to do the same. – Leanne Gundry, Managing Director, Learning Adventures  

Best of the Kimberley travel agency’s Rosemary McGuigan heard about the fire at the Djidi Djidi School library in Bunbury and the children’s need for Magabala Books. Rosemary swiftly responded with a $200 gift for the Small Seeds Big Reads:Magabala Books for Little Hands initiative. This gift turns into a $400 donation under the Plus1 funding arrangement. Every $1 donated until 13 May 2016, will be matched dollar for dollar!

Would you like to join Leanne and Rosemary and help put Magabala books into more little children’s hands? 

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Where will your gift be used?

100% of all donations pay for the children’s books and freight costs. Your gift of:

  • $25 will ensure one child in a remote Indigenous community receives one book
  • $100 ensures four children in a group home have books of their own
  • $500 gives a playgroup 25 books for parents, carers and children to read together
  • $1,000 provides 50 books for young children in temporary foster care
  • $5,000 allows Magabala Books to distribute 250 books to children who need them.

This fundraising opportunity is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1. 

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Find out more: Contact us at or phone +61 (0) 8 9192 1991.