What is the Great Book Swap?

The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, and raise much-needed funds for remote communities. Schools, workplaces, libraries, universities, book clubs, individuals and all kinds of organisations can host one. The idea is to swap a favourite book in exchange for a gold coin donation. 

By registering to host a Great Book Swap at your school or workplace you are playing a vital role in raising much-needed funds for our programs. You will be actively helping us gift 35,000 new, carefully chosen books to children in remote communities across Australia.

Great Book Swap 2021

We are building a new website with some great features for the Great Book Swap in 2021. It will be launching in March so keep an eye out here, or pre-register to hold an event below and you will be the first to be invited to join in!

Pre-Register to hold a Great Book Swap

Let us know you are keen to hold a Great Book Swap and you'll be the first to know when we launch our new site!

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How to hold a Great Book Swap?


1. Register online

Registrations will open in March for this year. You can pre-register here to be the first to be invited to join.

2. Promote your event and collect donations

Share your page with your family and friends, on social media, with your local paper or in your newsletter to start collecting donations to meet your target. 

3. Gather the books and prepare your event

Set up a collection area for your Great Book Swap. Check your resource kit for fun filled learning as part of your event, including specialist books written in and celebrating your House's language. 

4. Swap!

On the day, lay all the books out on a table with a donation tin. Set a time for everyone to browse for a book they would like to take in exchange for a donation. You might like to assign some reading time afterwards to enjoy the new books or learn about your House's language. 

5. Submit your funds

Please donate your funds via your online page with your donation ID number to ensure you receive your receipt, Certificate of Appreciation and go into the draw to win some great prizes. You can donate via EFT, credit card or cheque.