The 2016 Room to Read World Change Challenge is now over. Check out the amazing list of TOP FUNDRAISING SCHOOLS

Details of the 2017 World Change Challenge will be announced soon. Meanwhile, get in touch if you’d like to be involved and help Australian authors work with students to provide books and educational opportunities to kids in the developing world.

Support our efforts to bring books and literacy to children in Asia and Africa by taking LEADERSHIP FOR LITERACY. Our World Change Challenge, in partnership with students all over Australia and some of the country’s biggest authors, has raised $100,000 to buy books and build libraries for kids in the world’s poorest countries.

★  Download the LEADERSHIP FOR LITERACY educator’s notes here
★  Raise awareness and engage your community. Tell your friends and share the links via social media.

Plan a fundraising event around these literacy events:

Children’s Book Week – August
International Literacy Day – September
International Day of the Girl Child – October

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 200,000 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. Check out the book’s suggestions on world-saving actions here.

And some of the simple, doable actions that I have blogged.

I have been touring the film to schools, with a session that inspires small, do-able, world-changing ideas. I’m also doing sessions on how students can create their own world-changing films. You can contact Helen at Speaker’s Ink for booking details or check their website here.

I am a Room to Read author-ambassador. R to R 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. They 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.


  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