The Worry Bug Project was funded by The Rata Foundation, Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust and the New Zealand Red Cross. The project included book-based resources, videos and support materials for families, schools and mental health/support professionals. The Worry Bug Project was created and authored by Sarina Dickson & Julie Burgess-Manning. For more information visit The Worry Bug website, or Facebook page.
Audiobooks can help boost the literary skills of all children but they can be a real aid to children who otherwise struggle with reading. If a child finds decoding or comprehension difficult, audiobooks can make literature more accessible. It gives them the opportunity to become absorbed in the story without the barrier of difficult text. They can also help kids who have trouble focusing on reading as they can listen whilst doing something else at the same time.
'Rising Tide' and 'He Tai Pari' were made into audio books to support the access to the story for all children, and the adults that support them. It was an important part of the project to make sure lower literacy skills weren't a barrier to anyone to utilise the resources, at school or at home.