Children's Books about Australian Indigenous Peoples
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This is a must have for home, school and library collections and would be suitable from middle primary to lower secondary. It recounts the true story behind the Ashes: Her son, Russell aged six, was witness to their burning and the story is told through his eyes.
The illustrations by Ainsley Walters are truly beautiful and a perfect match for the text. Need I say more? You can read about our celebrations for this book and find some teaching notes here. How I wish more books like this were around when I was in in primary school! I have been loving using this book with our early childhood classes at school and it will certainly be used to start the year off with discussions about Australia Day.
Teachers notes are here. This book is gentle, whimsical and takes us through an Australian year. I adore both these books and the production quality is outstanding — perfect books for gift giving. Another classic which really every home should own. The television production based on the book was also fabulous. Set in Morocco and Sydney, this wordless picture book is stunning on so many levels. Have a glance at the teaching notes here. The stories focus on a young Greek-Australian boy, Taha, who goes on a road trip with his Mum, visiting Australian regional towns and cities.
On the way he learns about the people, history and geography of each place he visits. Phil Kettle is a prolific writer and his books are always engaging, fast paced and entertaining. You can read my review of his TooCool series here. These are stories written and illustrated by the students, describing their activities such as playing with friends, riding motorbikes, hunting for emu eggs and wild pigs, playing football, collecting berries, and a story about a crocodile with a preference for eating naked people.
The books were produced in sessions of 90 minutes or less by students for whom English is often a second or third language. All proceeds go the Indigenous Literacy Fund, which was set up to help get desperately-needed books and literacy resources into remote Indigenous communities in Australia.
When a boy and his father go fishing in the alpine country, a clever little corroboree frog called Jet shows them how thoughtless people are threatening his home and family by trampling through their egg nests in the moss at the side of the pond and leaving their rubbish behind.
There is a double page spread of facts about the beautiful little corroboree frog at the end of the book. Numbat had two hearts; one that was like a feather, soft and kind-hearted, and the other like a stone, strong and tough, making Numbat feel very strong and brave.
He seeks help from an Elder Numbat who tells him that both hearts are his true self; he is both kind-hearted and strong and brave.
The illustrations are brilliantly coloured and strikingly beautiful. This is an original story told in a traditional way. A frill-necked lizard on a big rock, a wallaby hopping through the scrub, a stingray in the lagoon, a crocodile hiding in the river!
The text of this strikingly illustrated book is in English and Anindilyakwa, an ancient Indigenous language that is still spoken today by the Warnindilyakwa people of Groote Eylandt, which is in the Gulf of Carpentaria about kilometres from Darwin. The different animals that live on Groote Eylandt are also totems for the different clans that have cultural ties to the land.
There is a double page spread of biographical information about the author and artists at the end of the book. The book shows the activities that Ernie and his six Aboriginal friends like to do best during the very different seasons of the year. Alison Lester and Elizabeth Honey worked with the staff and children of Mornington Peninsula State School to produce the text describing life on the island and the children did the stunning illustrations using crayons and a a wax-resist process which gives the illustrations a rich glossy effect.
Very appealing for younger readers. Jimmy is amazed when he is told that Walmajarri land is Vacant Crown Land and therefore really belongs to the Queen. Just the right amount of tongue in cheek irreverence. The children went to school but it was when they went bush that they learnt about plants, animals, country and their Dreaming stories.
It is an A — Z of Australian animals but it also cleverly introduces a marvelous array of words such as squeal with happiness, shout with joy and chirp with surprise as Anteater tempts each animal to come and see the amazing thing she has. The delightful surprise is that the amazing thing is a book! KS 3 — 7 years Where Is Galah?
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With bright fun pictures and a wonderful story about Australian animals. This is a finding book, Galah is playing hide-and-seek with his friend Dingo, and can be found by readers hiding on every page.
Preschoolers will enjoy the repetition and rhythm of the appealing text with its accumulating rhythmic climax. Delightful free-flowing illustrations by Dee Huxley show families and life in northern indigenous communities. However, life is very different for the two young Aboriginal boys who are at ease in the old and new cultures. They were told so that some Aboriginal children would come to understand their land, their people and their beginnings.
These are lively traditional tales of the Wongutha people of Western Australia. It is wonderfully refreshing to read an account from the Aboriginal viewpoint in such an innovative collage format, vibrant with drawings, paintings, maps and painted photographs. It is a surprise when we see the last illustration in the book of the two boys going along a bush path hat Raf is in a wheelchair while Jack is walking. When three young boys go into a pizza shop they are amazed that the man making the pizzas is an Aboriginal man who then proceeds to tell them about pizzas and also Aboriginal stories and song and dance.
In simple terms he describes the culture of his people and the absolute importance of the land and wildlife. The spiritual significance of these words is given extra meaning through the use of black-and-white photos showing Aboriginal people hunting, playing and gathered together in the early s, and also through modern-day coloured photographs showing the land at Uluru today.
The other animals worked out that in order to get the water they needed to make Tiddalick laugh. With each letter in this alphabet book there is a short text which gives us vivid images of events such as racing Billycarts, of being chased by Emus or of picking Quandongs. It describes a young boy swinging upside down on the bars in a playground when a green tree snake slides across and makes off with the apple he has left on the ground.
The boy has no idea what has happened to his apple! The illustrations are bold in their composition and use of colour. Bennelong, a young Aboriginal man, was a popular and respected member of the Eora people. This is the story of their unlikely friendship, with Bennelong acting as a kind of ambassador helping to smooth relationships between the British and Aboriginal people.
This fascinating story is illustrated using artwork which has been hand-painted onto ceramic tiles.
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He goes to kindergarten and loves to swim in the waterhole with his cousins, brothers and sisters. The text is very simply written but, with the evocative illustrations, gives a vivid picture of his busy and happy life in his Aboriginal community. It is regarded as a classic and is part-fantasy, part history and through the friendship of two girls reveals terrible secrets of the relations between early settlers and the Indigenous peoples.
Although the bird speaks in riddles, Sadie comes to understand that it is she who holds the key to a past mystery, and when she is repeatedly spun back through time to witness a terrible crime, things start to fall into place. Set against a backdrop of prejudice and past injustices, and steeped in Indigenous lore, this is also a story about family and friendships. Surgeon John White defies convention when he adopts Nanberry, an Aboriginal boy who he manages to save from smallpox.
He raises Nanberry alongside his white son, Andrew. The story is told from five quite different points of view in short, dated chapters, giving the reader personal perspectives of life in this period.
It tells the story of how a young boy and a dog from an island to the north of Australia get blown off course while in a canoe and end up in northern Australia where they learn to survive in this strange new land.
The story is told in alternate chapters from the point of view of the boy, Loa, and of the Dog, 9 — 15 years KS Birrung: Set in Sydney Cove inten year old Barney arrived in Port Jackson on a convict ship with his Ma, who died a year later. Struggling to survive in the harsh new colony, good fortune comes his way when he is taken into the family of the clergyman, Mr Johnson.
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The Johnsons also care for Birrung and Barney learns some language and indigenous lore from her as their friendship grows. This happened to many Aboriginal children of lighter skin colour earlier this century.
This is a well-told, sensitive story which is also a positive statement for reconciliation between two cultures. At that time Indigenous kids could not swim in the local pool when whites were present, they could not go to the local school and were subject to racial taunts and vilification. Robbie is a decent kid but there are huge pressures from his friends, his father, grandmother and most people in the town to behave in the same prejudiced way. However when he gets a job at the local caravan park, he meets people who have a different attitude and when he meets and works with Mickey, a local Aboriginal boy, his confusion and unease increase as he likes Mickey but is not confident enough to go against the racism of friends and family.
Events are brought to a head when the Freedom Bus comes to town bringing Charles Perkins and university students who want to highlight the racism and living conditions of Aboriginal people in NSW country towns. There are many confronting and violent scenes in this book which will shock, however the book is based on true events that occurred in The town is fictional as are the main characters but the novel gives a very realistic impression of the tensions and hatreds that built up in these towns.
This is a difficult topic but overall the characters are believable and the rising tension in the town is vividly described. Robbie matures as a person and gains strength from his experiences. At the end of the book several pages describe the events of the actual Freedom Ride and there is also a list of those who took part. Each day she becomes more worried as she puts off telling her teacher the truth.
Through the stories of her mother and Aboriginal stepfather, she gains the courage to tell the truth and to share a special story with her class. His fears of the bad spirits about the house at night and of the bullies at school are lessened when he finds a spirit friend in a little tree frog.
Inspired by the childhood memories of Boori Pryor. This very moving story captures the cadences of Aboriginal speech and at the same time reveals some of the deep problems facing Aboriginal people today as they struggle to gain the strength from their traditions to withstand the pressures of drugs, and to be strong in the face of losing so many of their young people.
He has been in some trouble with the police and this is a chance to sort himself out and to get rid of the feeling that he is no good. The book has some very funny and exhilarating moments. Cathy comes from a white family living on an outback station, while J.
J is a young Aboriginal DJ.
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They are very attracted to each other but at times the baggage that they bring to the relationship builds huge barriers to their friendship. Even more problematic are the pressures and racism of the society in Alice Springs, contributing huge complexities and difficulties. I found it a very moving portrayal; at times harrowing, heartbreaking, even offensive, but always engrossing.
The characters are young people in their early twenties living very independent lives and so it is a book for Senior students.