About Developing the Honey Ant Readers
Indigenous people in Central Australia are often talented linguists.
Many speak two, three, four or more languages.
Despite this, so many Indigenous children achieve below the National benchmarks in literacy tests. This prompted our research into their reading needs and led to my working collaboratively with members of the Indigenous community: elders, adults, children and teachers.
The venture was a co-operative and collaborative one. Consultation, observation and recordings of stories and general conversational language formed the backbone to creating books specifically for Indigenous learners. The adults telling their stories wanted them to be used in the HAR series to help their children to learn to read.
These were to be books they could relate to, feel drawn to, read with ease and enjoy. All the HAR, stories and illustrations, are approved by elders before being printed.