Room to Read World Change Challenge 2021

SUCCESS for the 2021 Room to Read World Change Challenge!

I’m proud to announce that we raised $20,450 to buy 20,450 local language books for kids in the developing world through Room to Read. A big thanks to  Somerset College, Renaissance International School, Newington LitFest & Bunbury Catholic College who raised a total of $5696. Thanks to the schools who purchased Young Writers Story School, triggering a donation. Other highlights were the Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Conference, raising $1000, and donations of $1000 from our amazing Writer Ambassador team. Our inspiring leader Jodi Mullen ran a sourdough workshop, raising $2,850, and quilting projects of $3099.

Below are details of the 2021 challenge. If you would like to participate in 2022, please send an email. We’d love to have you or your school onboard!


I’m proud to be a Room to Read writer-ambassador. In 2021 our stellar Room to Read writer-ambassadors are once again teaming with schools across Australia to raise funds to support the organisation’s award-winning local language publishing program, creating beautiful picture books for children in Asia and Africa.

Room to Read believes: World Change Starts with Educated Children®. Through education, we can make illiteracy and gender inequality problems of the past.

It costs just $1 to print a local language picture book.  Our goal is to raise at least $20,000 this year.  If you join Room to Read’s book club here, you’ll be able to download a few examples of our books from IndonesiaJordan and Nepal. Or to learn more about Room to Read’s award winning local-language books check out the Literacy Cloud, a unique digital learning platform with over 1,600 books, videos, read aloud stories & other resources.

I challenge schools to join us in raising funds in fun, innovative ways to give kids in the developing world a chance at a time when 1 in 2 girls are in the high-risk category for not returning to school post-COVID. Just $1 pays for a day of education. If you are interested, please email and we will send out more details. Or visit our fundraising page.

2021 is already off to a great start with Somerset College’s amazing Slime a Teacher initiative enticing eager students to donate gold coins at lunchtime to see their teachers slimed! Check out the pics. Surely there are teachers at your school who would volunteer? Or perhaps a gold coin bookswap, a sausage sizzle, a coin trail? There are more fundraising ideas here.

Room to Read World Change Challenge

Room to Read Writer-Ambassador Team

In 2012 I helped initiate the Room to Read World Change Challenge (with funding and support from Stubbies Schoolwear) and, since that time, in partnership with school students in Australia and Hong Kong, and the Room to Read writer-ambassador team we have raised over $150,000 to fund school libraries, local-language book publishing and girls’ education in some of the world’s poorest countries.

About Room to Read

Room to Read is an ultra-dynamic organisation that builds libraries, supports literacy and creates local language books in developing countries. They have established more than 1,700 schools, created over 16,000 bilingual libraries, distributed more than 13 million books and endowed long-term scholarships for over 25,000 girls. We believe in the idea that ‘World Change Starts with Educated Children’.

Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the planet. I urge you to check out their website John Wood, the founder, wrote Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, an extraordinary story on how one human can inspire many to pursue a better, more just society.

Read my guest blog post for Room to Read, ‘Why Stories Matter’.


Change the World in Five Minutes Every Day at School

Our short film for SBS: Change the World in Five Minutes, Every Day at School has recently passed 500,000 Youtube views!

It’s a fast-paced five-minute film, following a class of year five and six kids as they spend the first five minutes of every day at school taking action to change the world in positive ways. It’s about getting fired up and doing something about the state of your community and the planet. The film has found a life of its own on Youtube and inspired individuals and classes to take action. The film has been screened widely at events in Australia, the UK and America.

The movie is based on the book Change the World for Ten Bucks.


  1. Lauren
    September 20, 2011 / 1:27 pm

    This is just fabulous Tristan. Thanks for sharing it with the world.

  2. September 21, 2011 / 4:04 am

    Hey Lauren. Thanks for saying. I'm super-pleased with the way the film has found its way in the world. Hopefully its doing positive things. T

  3. Anonymous
    March 21, 2012 / 9:52 am

    hey tristan,i like the book Nit boy and where do you find (My life and things that i made up)? remember you came to St Kevin's earlier today? have a good day!

  4. March 22, 2012 / 10:10 am

    Hey, thanks for the kind words about Nit Boy. Glad you like it. My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up is available via the web by clicking on my 'Store' page or it should be in big bookstores or you can ask for it in a store and they will order it for you or it might be in your library. Hope these work! Nanoo, nanoo. T.

  5. Anonymous
    May 16, 2012 / 2:37 am


  6. Anonymous
    April 9, 2013 / 6:43 am

    hey im Abdullah you know the kid who envented the choclate nits and the kid whos in the same school were miss krugar is well ill give you a clue im from kuraby state school

  7. April 12, 2016 / 2:28 am

    Hey Abdullah. Sorry so long to respond. Hope you're reading something great! I'm working on new My Life stories now. 😉 T

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