Eddie's Lil' Homies is here to motivate and inspire literacy and learning in children.
When Eddie Betts entered the Australian Football League (AFL) at 17 years of age, he was unable to read or write and knows the challenges and disadvantage this can cause young people.
Ed’s series of educational books aims to help kids read with confidence and enjoyment and give them the chance to express their own personality into the story.
We believe the medium of rapping makes reading fun and memorable. By reading aloud to beats Eddie’s Lil’ Homies aims to grow a tribe of lifelong readers and give those kids who aren’t ‘big on reading’ the chance to thrive in literacy!
MY KIND, Eddie Betts' first book for children, is all about spreading kindness and helping kids understand acceptance and equality.
As a respected leader and positive role model, Eddie treats others how he wants to be treated. Eddie believes we are all capable of kindness and the more we act kindly the better our world will be.
Eddie's Lil' Homies is also about the power and positivity we can create when people come together. Since the release of MY KIND the kindness movement has grown with kids (and adults) of all ages joining the tribe and helping to spread kindness.
MY PEOPLE, Eddie Betts' second book for children, is all about sharing and educating kids on Aboriginal culture and our First Nations people.
As a proud Aboriginal Australian, Eddie wants all kids to be educated and have an understanding of his unique culture - dating back 60,000 years. Eddie is often asked to visit schools to share his knowledge and experience and by developing a resource to enable this more broadly this book is a dream come true.
As with MY KIND, the first book in the Eddie's Lil' Homies series, MY PEOPLE also aims to make reading fun. Rap or rhyme the book with your own Lil' Homies and share it with Ed by tagging @eddieslilhomies and #eddieslilhomies on Instagram.