The Honey Ant Readers (HAR) is an exciting literacy program that Indigenous learners can relate to and succeed with.
It is the first ever early reading program in Australia to be developed in collaboration with, and at the request of, Indigenous elders and community and written specifically for speakers of Aboriginal English. It is underpinned by sound pedagogy and second language acquisition theory and supported by songs and rhymes which teach Standard Australian English.
Honey Ant Reader 1, 'nana dig' is a short book, written in 7 words for beginner readers. It is about nana running to dig for honey ants in the red, sandy desert of Central Australia.
There is a very catchy song at the end of the book entitled "Dig nana, dig" which teaches the oral language used in the book, in Standard Australian English (SAE).