The Life Without Barriers Travelling Book Suitcases

10 September 2021

The Hook into Books Campaign promotes a LOVE of reading!

Image: Suitcase filled with books

Introducing the Life Without Barriers Travelling Book Suitcases! These suitcases are stocked to the brim with a wide range of literacy resources including YA novels, picture books, First Nations stories, fiction and non-fiction books, comics, magazines, graphic novels, support guides and other fun stuff!   

The Travelling Book Suitcases* are set to travel around Australia to connect the Life Without Barriers community with reading and sharing stories!    

What better way to nurture reading and enhance literacy skill than to get books in the hands of our community. 

Why the Life Without Barriers Traveling Suitcases are so great

Research shows that raising a child in a home filled with books positively impacts their future academic growth and job attainment.  A book-filled home encourages a culture of reading for enjoyment and talking about books!  Being surrounded by lots of books helps children build vocabulary, increase awareness and comprehension, and expand horizons — all benefiting them in adulthood. 

The Life Without Barriers Traveling Book Suitcases aim to connect children and young people to stories. Exposing them to range of genres, sizes, shapes and feels of books build to curiosity, nurture engagement and support a life-long long of reading. The novelty of it travelling around Life Without Barriers' Australian community, also builds an important sense of connection and inclusion.  

Image: A Life Without Barriers travelling suitcase filled with childrens books.

How it works:  

  • Request a visit from the suitcase by emailing hookintobooks@lwb.org.au – tell us who you are and what age groups will be accessing the suitcase (this will ensure we include lots of great appropriate reads for them).  

  • Each suitcase is available to borrow from Life Without Barriers for up to 4 weeks 

  • Life Without Barriers will cover the costs of postage to and from the suitcase destination  

  • We understand that some books may not make the return trip – this is all part of the fun of the Hook into Books Campaign. We all win when a book is loved!  

Who can request a suitcase?

  • Are you working with children and families? Why not take the suitcase along to your next visit?  

  • Is the reception area of your office looking a little drab? Perhaps our book suitcase or bag can brighten it up?  

  • Are you a worker in a residential home and think that young folk may enjoy a visit from the book suitcase?   

  • Do you support young parents? Perhaps a suitcase would support a weekly story time for the people you support?  

  • Are you a carer who wants to expose your children/young people to a range of books without the expense?  

Imagine the joy a visit from the Life Without Barriers Travelling Suitcase could bring to your children and young people!   

We want to say a huge thank you to the Children's Books Council Australia, Magabala, Brolly Books, and University Queensland Press who donated all of our books for the travelling suitcases. We could not get books in the hands of kids without you!

Image: Image: University Queensland Press logo, Children's Book Council of Australia logo, Brolly Books logo and Magabal logo.

*Due to COVID suitcases will not be shared and a backpack may instead be sent.

Hook Into Books!

Supporting Children and Young People to build bright futures through education and learning “Everyday Everyway”.