ALNF works to increase language, literacy and numeracy standards across Australia, particularly in our most marginalised communities.
During this challenging time, ALNF wants to ensure all children can enjoy the magic of story through their StoryTime and StoryKids projects.
The StoryTime Project is an online library of stories told by ALNF ambassadors including AFL legend, Buddy Franklin and musician Baker Boy. See below for the StoryTime videos.
StoryKids is an engaging and educational kids storytelling podcast, putting the spotlight on young voices across the nation.
Using prominent actors, kids original stories are transformed into immersive audio storyscapes that inspire and delight children and families. Children also have the opportunity to discuss their creative inspiration and process.
Selected authors and actors reflect different cultural, social and environmental experiences, and a strong focus is placed on amplifying diverse narratives.
Together, we’re committed to using this platform to inform, educate and entertain families from all backgrounds and across all contexts, as well as fostering a modern and rich language learning experience.
A note from ALNF Co-Founder Mary-Ruth Mendel
Reading books to children is often referred to as a ‘magical’ experience. Together you can explore another world created by the author and illustrator.
Books also provide us with a rich resource to build resilience in children. We can use books to anchor our children in the here and now with strategies and the language skills to cope with change and stress.
Childhood is a time for growing up. They are still building their repertoire of life experiences. In times of change and uncertainty children need active guidance to meet those challenges with rehearsed scenarios, while engaging with books navigated with an adult.
Resilience grows through two especially powerful skills: the ability to problem solve and command of enough words and sentences to express new ideas.
How do we do that? Through reading books aloud with children.
Books, from the first to the last page, are about characters’ problems and solutions, and the language they use to describe the process of overcoming their obstacles. Each book is a mind map of problem-solving strategies and the expressions that talk about them.
Resilient children feel empowered to action their own ‘good ideas’ with the ability to express their thinking to others. They will draw from the reservoir of ideas built up through their joint book reading.
To build resilient children do more than read the book - talk about how the characters solve problems. Together you will be building mind maps to empower your little listener to be a practical problem-solver too.