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My Two Blankets bi-lingual children's book launch

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Readings Carlton

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Join us for the launch of three beautiful bi-lingual children’s books – new editions of the much-loved My Two Blankets, by Irena Kobald, with illustrations by Freya Blackwood.

The editions are Farsi/English, Dari/English and Arabic/English and were created by nine multi-lingual members of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, in workshops with a professional translator.

Professor Joe Lo Bianco, Melbourne’s global authority on bilingual education will launch the book, along with the author and the translators.

Please join us to celebrate this unique project and the contribution people seeking asylum can make to the Australian community.

Tickets are free, but make sure you register as they are limited!

My Two Blankets resonates in a special way with people who are seeking asylum in Australia. It is a story of the pain associated with being dislocated from home and the familiar. But also of friendship, hope and new beginnings.

The new versions are accessible to readers and storytellers in any of the four languages. They encourage parents to read with their children by allowing them to draw on both English and their home language, conferring value on both. For English speakers only, they provide children with a glimpse of the world of language beyond their own.

The new bi-lingual editions of My Two Blankets are a collaboration between the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Melbourne, publisher Hardie Grant Egmont and the author, with the generous support of the Readings Foundation.

This launch also celebrates National Unity Week, in partnership with Welcome to Australia.

Proceeds from the sale of these editions will go towards further literacy projects supporting people seeking asylum. The bi-lingual editions are available from all good bookstores and online at www.readings.com.au

The three bilingual book covers



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