Media Release - 5 May 2010

Media Release - 5 May 2010

good books doing good things™ for early literacy

The Smith Family announces a new partnership with Pantera Press

The Smith Family and new independent book publisher Pantera Press have today announced a new partnership. It focuses on raising funds to improve children’s early years literacy skills and foster the joys of reading in disadvantaged areas of Australia.

Today, Pantera Press launches their first three books as part of their unique ‘good books doing good things’ approach to publishing  -  a novel, Killing Richard Dawson, and two non-fiction debate books, WHY vs WHY™ - Gay Marriage, and WHY vs WHY™ - Nuclear Power.

Pantera Press and its founders, the Green family, are also committing to fund at least one new Let’s Read program in every state in Australia. Through these books and their new website, they are also encouraging their readers to help them double that support by donating to The Smith Family Let’s Read program directly at

Simply enjoying a Pantera Press book will help children from 3 months to 5 years develop their reading skills and their love for books through Pantera Press’s  unusual ‘profits for philanthropy’ approach which focuses on literacy and the joys of reading, as well as quality writing and fostering debate.

Alison Green, CEO and co-founder of Pantera Press said: “At Pantera Press, we see the joy of reading as key to an enjoyable and fruitful life. Supporting Let’s Read means we can directly help The Smith Family do more to break the cycle of disadvantage for an even greater number of Australian kids and their families, and help develop a new generation of story-lovers.”

John Green, co-founder of Pantera Press and a well-known company director, said: “We spent two years searching for a research-based program that addressed literacy from birth, and was already proven. There are excellent catch-up programs for children in their later years, but we wanted to help disadvantaged kids kick-start their lives with the same tools we had, to help open up to them the great opportunities that Australia offers.”

Elaine Henry, CEO for The Smith Family, said “We are very pleased to receive the generous support of Pantera Press which will help engage many more young children and their families in a shared enjoyment of reading, and make a real difference to their early literacy skills. Without funding such as this many children from disadvantaged backgrounds will start school without the essential building blocks to help them learn to read and write.”  


Let’s Read is an early childhood literacy program being implemented across Australia, which is already helping 100,000 pre-schoolers learn to read. Research shows that the building blocks of literacy are developed before a child starts school, which is why Let’s Read utilises existing community networks and services to reach preschoolers at four age points starting from four months. Through the program parents are encouraged to develop a shared enjoyment of reading with their children.

Let’s Read was developed by the Centre for Community Child Health and is being implemented in partnership with The Smith Family and now also operates in remote Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland, Cape York, and Torres Strait.


Pantera Press is a small, independent Australian book publisher with some really big differences.

Their core goal is to be “a great new home for Australia's next generation of best-loved authors”.

So their passions are to publish books that readers will rave about by discovering & nurturing the talented new authors who create them... previously unpublished authors of well-written, riveting reads in quality popular fiction or non-fiction.

Pantera Press also has a unique mix of business & philanthropic objectives, called good books doing good things™.

As well as launching talented new authors, Pantera Press will use some of their profits and efforts to promote the joys of reading & quality writing, to foster debate of important ideas & issues, & to help close the literacy gap.

Pantera Press already sponsors the prestigious Walkley Awards & now has a partnership with Let’s Read.

Pantera Press’s readers will not only get great stories & insights, but they’ll feel good about it.


The Smith Family

Phone: Tanya Rawlinson (02) 9085 7184



Pantera Press

Contact: Alison Green or John Green



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