BOOK BANK

Book Bank is a unique literacy support program that encourages primary school students to cultivate a love for books and read every day.

Dymocks Children’s Charities developed the program in 2009, and in co-operation with the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) and supports around 2,500 students in Years 3–6 from nine priority schools who are given a book of their choice from every term, every year.

The schools currently involved are:

  • Condell Park Public School
  • Ettalong Public School
  • Toormina Public School
  • Fort Street Public School
  • Nyngan Public School
  • Blaxcell Street Public School
  • La Perouse Public School
  • Maroubra Bay Public School
  • Gorokan Public School

Formal Evaluation

Book Bank has been formally evaluated by the Student Engagement & Program Evaluation Bureau (SEPEB), NSW Department of Education and Communities. Surveys were conducted at all schools in 2011 and follow up surveys are conducted at the end of each Book Bank year.

Results of the formal evaluation have been overwhelmingly positive. 87% of students agreed that Book Bank increased their interest in reading books. All teachers surveyed agreed that Book Bank had improved their students’ attitude to reading and that their students were reading more frequently.

Findings also showed that teaching benefitted greatly from having a wide range of current children's books in the classrooms. Families of participating students commented on the benefits of having great new books coming home on a regular basis so that siblings and parents could share them.

Importantly, Aboriginal students and boys in Stage 3 were identified as specifically responding to Book Bank and improving their reading behaviour.

For more information, download the Executive Summary.