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Culturally diverse bookshelves benefit all students! If you have not reviewed and updated your classroom/school library in a while, now's the time! Here is a list of recently released First Nations children's picture books that I recommend all primary schools should own. These books cover a variety of themes such as First Nations identity, history, connection to Country, kinship, art, science and activism (to name a few). Should you wish to purchase any of the following resources, please use the link provided which will direct you to Riley Callie Resources, Magabala Books, Koori Curriculum or another Aboriginal-owned store where possible. If not, the next most appropriate store will be suggested.

ABC Dreaming

ABC Dreaming

Warren Brim

'ABC Dreaming' introduces young children to the alphabet through Australian plants and animals.
#alphabet #nativeanimals #nativeplants

Benny Bungarra's Big Bush Clean Up

Benny Bungarra's Big Bush Clean Up

Sally Morgan & Ambelin Kwaymullina

An environmental tale for Early Childhood and Lower Primary readers that shows how animals are affected by rubbish left in their habitat by humans.
#careforcountry #healcountry #sustainability #environment #nativeanimals

Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country

Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country

Adam Goodes, Ellie Laing & David Hardy

'Ceremony' invites you to celebrate the rich traditions of dance, family, community and caring for Country from the world's oldest continuous culture.
#aboriginalculture #adnyamathanhalanguage #traditions #ceremony #moieties #traditionalclothing #ochre #music #dance #stories #bushfood

Coming Home to Country

Coming Home to Country

Bronwyn Bancroft

A visual and lyrical depiction of coming home to Country from acclaimed author and illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft.
#connectiontocountry #bundjalungcountry

For 60,000 Years

For 60,000 Years

Marlee Silva & Rhys Paddick

An empowering story of truth, strength and community.
#resilience #strength #Aboriginalpeople #Aboriginalculture #survival #Australianhistory #truthtelling #colonisation

From Little Things Big Things Grow

From Little Things Big Things Grow

Paul Kelly & Kev Carmondy

The iconic Australian song 'From Little Things Big Things Grow' appears here for the first time as a beautiful book for all ages.
#WaveHillWalkOff #Gurindji #VincentLingiari #landback

Miimi Marraal: Mother Earth

Miimi Marraal: Mother Earth

Melissa Greenwood

A deeply felt and heart-stirring picture book about the connection between mothers, babies and Miimi Marraal, Mother Earth.
#baby #mother #earth #kinship #Gumbaynggirr #Gumbaynggirrlanguage

Our Home Our Heartbeat

Our Home Our Heartbeat

Adam Briggs, Kate Moon & Rachael Sarra

Adapted from Briggs’ celebrated song 'The Children Came Back', Our Home, Our Heartbeat is a celebration of past and present Indigenous legends, as well as emerging generations, and at its heart honours the oldest continuous culture on earth.

Say Yes!

Say Yes!

Jennifer Castles & Paul Seden

This is a story about the landmark 1967 Referendum, the two women who came together to change the law... and how the Australian people said YES.
#history #1967referendum #nationalreconciliationweek #voting #government #racism #unity #fairness #rights

Silly Birds

Silly Birds

Gregg Dreise

A morality tale about a young eagle, Maliyan, who learns it’s hard to soar like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys.
#elders #wisdom #respect #confidence #friendships #nativebirds #gamilaraaylanguage

Story Doctors

Story Doctors

Boori Monty Pryor & Rita Sinclair

An empowering story for all Australians, acknowledging our true history, embracing inclusivity, and celebrating the healing powers of nature and culture.

The Shop Train

The Shop Train

Josie Wowolla Boyle & Paul Seden

The Shop Train is a heartwarming story about Rosie and her mum, and the rickety journey in their old car to pick up stores from the shop train.

Took the Children Away

Took the Children Away

Archi Roach & Ruby Hunter

Archie’s iconic song lyrics in 'Took the Children Away' sit alongside evocative illustrations by his beloved soulmate and musical collaborator, Ruby Hunter. Also included are Archie’s recollections of his family and rare historical photographs.
#StolenGenerations #Australianhistory #truthtelling #ArchieRoach

Welcome to Country

Welcome to Country

Aunty Joy Murphy & Lisa Kennedy

A classroom must-have! This book will explain and demonstrate a Welcome to Country from the lands of the Wurundjeri People.
#wurundjeripeople #woiwurrungngulu #ancestors #welcometocountry #culturalpractices #protocols #respect #bunjil #thedreaming #reciprocity #connectiontocountry #careforcountry

Alfred's War

Alfred's War

Rachel Bin Sallah & Samantha Fry

'Alfred’s War' is a powerful story that unmasks the lack of recognition given to Australian Indigenous servicemen who returned from the WWI battlelines.
#WWI #camaraderie #mateship #equality #respect #ourmobserved

Brother Moon

Brother Moon

Maree McCarthy Yoelu & Samantha Fry

Brother Moon is a powerful story lovingly told by a great-grandfather to his great-grandson (Hippy-Boy). Hippy-Boy learns how his great-grandfather uses the phases of the moon when he goes hunting and fishing, and why it is important for us all to have an understanding of the natural world.
#moon #sky #storytelling #Elders #family #hunting #fishing #respect #Country

Charlie's Swim

Charlie's Swim

Edith Wright & Charmaine Ledden-Lewis

A heroic story (based on true events) about a young Aboriginal man who rescued a mother and her child during the Japanese attack on Broome WA in WWII.
#WWII #war #hero #bravery #broome #history #truestory

Cooee Mittigar

Cooee Mittigar

Jasmine Seymour & Leanne Mulgo Watson

In this stunning picture book, Darug creators Jasmine Seymour and Leanne Mulgo Watson tell a story on Darug Songlines, introducing children and adults-alike to Darug Nura (Country) and language.
#darug #sydney #culture #country #daruglanguage #nativeanimals

Found

Found

Bruce Pascoe & Charmaine Ledden-Lewis

A story about a small calf who becomes separated from his family and begins his journey home.
#family #identity #stolengenerations #hope

Joey Counts to Ten

Joey Counts to Ten

Sally Morgan & Ambelin Kwaymullina

A rhythmic book about a kangaroo and her joey counting their way through Country.
#counting #numbers #nativeanimals

My Culture and Me

My Culture and Me

Gregg Dreise

A stirring story about pride, respect and maintaining culture.
#pride #respect #identity #culture

Our World: Bardi Jaawi: Life at Ardiyooloon

Our World: Bardi Jaawi: Life at Ardiyooloon

One Arm Point Remote Community

A unique and insightful non-fiction text about traditional and contemporary life in Ardiyooloon, the home of the Bardi Jaawi people located at the end of a red dirt road at the top of the Dampier Peninsula, 200km north of Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Sea Country

Sea Country

Aunty Patsy Cameron & Lisa Kennedy

In this delightful children’s picture book, Aunty Patsy Cameron generously shares the stories and traditions from her family’s seasonal island life in Tasmania.
#seasons #bushfood #saltwatercountry #traditionalknowledge #family #flindersisland

Somebody's Land: Welcome to Our Country

Somebody's Land: Welcome to Our Country

Adam Goodes, Ellie Laing & David Hardy

A picture book for young children that introduces First Nations history and the term 'terra nullius'.
#terranullius #invasion #stolenland #acknowledgementofcountry #truthtelling #history

Sun and Moon

Sun and Moon

Ella Bancroft & Bronwyn Bancroft

A gorgeous story about the sun, moon and the power of sibling bonds.
#sun #moon #siblings #kinship

This Book Thinks Ya Deadly!

This Book Thinks Ya Deadly!

Corey Tutt & Molly Hunt

This book features the profiles of 80 First Nations people who are doing deadly things across sport, art, activism and science, through to politics, education and literature.
#influentialpeople #FirstNationsrolemodels

Walk with Us: Welcome to Our Country

Walk with Us: Welcome to Our Country

Adam Goodes, Ellie Laing & David Hardy

Walk With Us is inspired by the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and invites readers to find out more about the First Nations Country where they live. 
#UluruStatement #Country #AcknowledgementofCountry

Wiradjuri Country

Wiradjuri Country

Larry Brandy

The Wiradjuri are the people of the three bila (rivers) and their nguram-bang (Country) is the second largest in Australia. Come with Uncle Larry Brandy on an enlightening journey through the rivers, woodlands, grasslands and rocky outcrops of his Country, as well as the murri-yang (sky world).
#wiradjuricountry #wiradjurilanguage #culture #connectiontocountry #dreamingstories #nativeanimals #nativeplants #ecosystems

All Around Us: Animals

All Around Us: Animals

Melanie Hava

Discover the animals of Australia through the incredible artwork of Aboriginal artist Melanie Hava.
#nativeanimals #aboriginalart

Bush Tucker Counting

Bush Tucker Counting

Maureen Glover & Gabrielle

Join two young girls as they spend the day collecting delicious bush tucker to put in their coolamon.
#counting #bushtucker #nativeplants

Come Together

Come Together

Isaiah Firebrace

Isaiah combines Aboriginal storytelling with the factual information he believes all Australian kids should
know about First Nations Peoples including appropriate First Nations vocabulary and terminologies.
#FirstNationsknowledge #correctterminology #identity #culture #lores #traditions #beliefs #toolsandweapons #bushfoods

Day Break

Day Break

Amy McQuire & Matt Chun

This story refocuses the narratives around ‘Australia Day’ on Indigenous survival and resistance, and in doing so honours the past while looking to the future.
#january26 #australiaday #history #invasion #reconciliation

Freedom Day

Freedom Day

Rosie Smiler, Thomas Mayor & Samantha Campbell

'Freedom Day' delves into the events that led up to the 1966 Wave Hill Walk-Off, and makes a rallying cry for the things that still need to change in its wake.
#history #rights #equality #activism #ulurustatement

Looking After Country with Fire

Looking After Country with Fire

Victor Steffenson & Sandra Steffenson

This is a powerful and timely story that offers a respectful way forward for future generations to understand different ways to manage our landscape.
#culturalburning #landmanagement #caringforcountry #healcountry #music

Open Your Heart to Country

Open Your Heart to Country

Jasmine Seymour

A bilingual children's picture book written in both Dharug and English that tells of the nourishing power returning home to Country and reconnecting with traditional language brings.
#dharugcountry #dharuglanguage #traditionallanguage #languagerevival #connectiontocountry

Respect

Respect

Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson

This eloquent and delicate story shows young and old alike, what respect looks like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
#respect #aboriginalculture #history #stories #songs #dance #ancestors #family #country

Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie

A picture book told in English and Giji about the life of the author herself, Shirley Purdie - a famous Aboriginal artist who lives in Warmun community, in Western Australia.
#aboriginalart #history #culturalpractices #thedreaming #totems

Sorry Day

Sorry Day

Coral Vass & Dub Leffler

Two stories entwine in this captivating retelling of the momentous day when the then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, acknowledged the sorrows of past and said ‘Sorry’ to the generation of children who were taken from their homes.
#sorryday #thenationalapology #stolengenerations #history #truthtelling #family #identity

The First Scientists

The First Scientists

Corey Tutt & Blak Douglas

'The First Scientists' is the illustrated science book from Corey Tutt of DeadlyScience. This book will nourish young readers’ love of science and develop their respect for Indigenous knowledge at the same time.
#science #STEM #history #astronomy #landmanagement #seasons #tracking #bushmedicine #rolemodels #innovation

Tjitji Lullaby

Tjitji Lullaby

Michael Ross & Zaachariaha Fielding

Tjitji is a very special lullaby, showcasing our rich and diverse animals and land, helping families transition to quiet time and bedtime.
#lullaby #nighttime #nativeanimals #ABCKids

We are Australians

We are Australians

Nicole Godwin, Duncan Smith OAM & Jandamarra Cadd

We Are Australians, explores what it truly means to be an Australian citizen. This book reflects on our rich First Nations history and encourages readers to walk forward together, stamping our feet to wake up the ancestors and listening deeply to stories, points of view and Country.
#citizenship #belonging #rights #responsibilities #FirstNationspeople #FirstNationsculture

Young Dark Emu

Young Dark Emu

Bruce Pascoe

A non-fiction book that challenges students to consider a different version of Australia's history pre-European colonisation.
#science #history #caringforcountry #landmanagement #bushfoods #culturalburning #sustainability

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