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. This year, our goal is to raise $350,000 to gift 35,000 new, carefully-chosen books to children who need them the most.

NEW for 2019!

To celebrate the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, we're excited to assign you a language 'House' when you register, named after four different animals in Aboriginal languages. You'll have exclusive access to a host of fantastic language-themed resources including teachers' notes, fact sheets, maps, videos and books written by children in your House's language. 


Yirrikipayi House (saltwater crocodile in Tiwi, NT)

Lungkura House (blue-tongued lizard in Walmajarri, WA)

Wamparla House (possum in Arabana, SA)

Bigibigi House (pig in Kriol, NT) 

How much is your House raising?

How are you going to reach your fundraising target? The schools in the leading house on 30 October will go into the draw to win a special visit from an ambassador like Justine Clarke. 


How to hold a Great Book Swap?

1. Register online

Choose a date, set your fundraising target and create an online event page. 

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.