Plunket Street School Book Giving Assembly

(Forbes Street, Woolloomooloo)

Thank you, Sean Moran, Principal, and good morning, everyone. I would like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of this land, and I pay my respects to the Elders, both past and present.

It's always a special day when Books in Homes brings you your books - and these are the first for 2011.

Don't ever let anyone tell you that books are old fashioned in this digital age of ours. Because books will always matter. Everything you'll ever want to know in life is written in a book somewhere.

Books will answer your questions but they'll also inspire you to ask more questions, they'll tell you about worlds you might otherwise never see or imagine, and they'll tell you the most wonderful stories.

Every time you open a book you have the chance to discover something new, and when you find a favourite book, it's like finding a friend who'll always be with you.

Today is also special for another reason, as well: this year marks the 10th anniversary of Books in Homes - 10 years of providing books for almost 300 schools and communities across Australia, many of them in remote areas.

One million books have been given out, and many of them are by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island authors, and there are 150,000 kids all around Australia, kids just like you, who are part of this terrific adventure of reading and discovering.

So I think we should give a really big round of applause to Books in Homes to say thank you, and well done.

Enjoy your books, everyone!