Moli det Bigibigi rides into Australian Reading Hour
Karen Manbulloo, author of Moli det bigibigi (Moli the pig) has been named as a Child Ambassador for this year’s Australian Reading Hour. Her book is one of just five that will be re-published to delight children and will be available in bookshops for just three dollars (!) as well as libraries across Australia.
Moli det bigibigi was originally produced as part of a major Kriol literacy enterprise in the community of Binjari in the Northern Territory. With the support of teacher and CoEDL PhD scholar Denise Angelo, nine ‘Binjari buk’ were written in Kriol with English subtitles by Aboriginal women from the community.
Karen said she is excited to be a part of the Australian Reading Hour and that her book will be read by thousands more people. “I’m particularly excited because people will be able to read the book in Kriol and in English,” she said. “Moli det bigibigi is the first book that my grandchildren have read in their own language.”
Because Karen's book is so appealing, it was selected by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) from its Community Literacy Projects to be published and sold via mainstream distribution outlets. Director of ILF’s Programs Tina Raye, a Bardi, Jabirrjabirr and Arabana woman, reports that these projects have significantly bolstered the numbers of books produced locally in Aboriginal communities on topics and in languages selected by community members.
Moli det bigibigi will now have a special print run for the Australian Reading Hour, and like all the other books it will be on offer at a bargain price!
The Australian Reading Hour is a unique cross-industry campaign to promote the benefits of reading to all Australians. The premise is simple: pick up a book and read for an hour anytime during the day on Thursday 19 September.
(Main image: Karen Manbulloo with Moli det bigibigi at the Sydney Opera House book launch of Kriol-English books from Binjari community, NT. Photo by Tace Stevens)