23 July 2023

Hook into Books™: nurturing a love of reading, one story at a time!

Image: Five women in 'The Deck' cafe holding up books from a suitcase.

Having resources in the home that support language and literacy development has been closely linked to the development of early language and literacy skills. Such resources include books, magazines, writing materials, literacy toys, and digital resources.

Research suggests that if a child has more than 30 books in the home, this significantly enhances expressive vocabulary. Book dissemination programs represent one widely utilised approach to improving the home literacy environment.

At Life Without Barriers, we are thrilled to be able to support our community to bring more books into their homes through the Life Without Barriers travelling book suitcases and backpacks!

These wonderful resources contain a wide range of literacy resources tailored for our community, including YA novels, picture books, stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, fiction and non-fiction books, comics, magazines, graphic novels, support guides and other fun stuff!   

What better way to nurture reading and enhance literacy skills than to get books into the hands of our community? 

Our Travelling Books Suitcases and Backpacks are more than just a novelty; they represent connection in our community and inclusion for all who experience them.

Image: Suitcase and books spread out on a blanket with bunting in the background.

How it works

It's easy to access our travelling book suitcases and backpacks. Simply request a suitcase or backpack by emailing hookintobooks@lwb.org.au – tell us who you are and what age groups will be accessing the suitcase or backpack.


  • Host an event during Hook into Books™, and we’ll send you some great resources to use to promote literacy in your community!

  • Download a great invite template to promote your event!

  • Examples include carer morning teas and children’s storytime.

Who can request a suitcase?

  • Are you working with children and families? Why not take a suitcase or backpack along on 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 a book suitcase, or backpack?   

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

Our Life Without Barriers travelling book suitcases and backpacks have brought joy and excitement to many children and young people across Australia, and we're thrilled to continue spreading the joy of reading again this year!

Hook Into Books™!

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

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