Australian First Nations picture books

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Family

Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson, Jasmine Seymour

This is the second book from the Our Place series, that introduces young minds to First Nations' cultural philosophies that Aunty Fay Muir, a Boonwurrung Elder holds close to her heart.     

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Found

Bruce Pascoe, Charmaine Ledden-Lewis

This gentle story set in the rugged Australian bush is about a small calf who becomes separated from his family.

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Coming Home to Country

Bronwyn Bancroft

Run to the creek, perch on a rock, slip into clear crystal water. An visual and lyrical depiction of coming home to country from acclaimed author and illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft. Shortlisted for the 2020 YABBA...

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Respect

Respect

Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson, Lisa Kennedy

A tender, thoughtful story reminding us to respect others and respect ourselves. Part of the Our Place series which welcomes children to culture. 

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Finding Our Heart

Finding Our Heart

Thomas Mayor, Blak Douglas

A young reader's edition that follows Thomas Mayor's bestselling book Finding the Heart of the Nation.

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Willy-willy Wagtail (Tales from the Bush Mob)

Willy-willy Wagtail (Tales from the Bush Mob)

Helen Milroy

Tales from the Bush Mob is a series of books about the Bush Mob, a group of animals that works together to solve problems.

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Backyard Birds

Backyard Birds

Helen Milroy

What colourful birds are in our backyards? From laughing kookaburras and prancing mudlarks to dancing willy wagtails and hungry galahs, this picture book is a vibrant adventure discovering the native birds around us.

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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...

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Rocky and Louie

Rocky and Louie

Phillip Walleystack, Raewyn Caisley, Dub Leffler

Louie's big brother, Rocky, has big dreams and wants to chase them. But Louie doesn't want him to forget where he belongs...

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Hello, Hello

Hello, Hello

Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Children from the Spinifex Writing Camp

A family is walking home on a very dark night. It's hard to see clearly - what is that shadow? And what is that noise???

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Little Bird’s Day

Sally Morgan, Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr

A simple, universal story of a day in the life of Little Bird as she sings the world alive, flies with Cloud, travels with Wind, nestles with Moon and dreams of flying among the stars.

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My Culture and Me

My Culture and Me

Gregg Dreise

Feel the rhythm of the music, from your heart down to your feet.Enjoy the movements of melodies, as clapsticks keep a strong beat. This is my culture. This is me. Beautifully written and illustrated, My Culture and Me is a...

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Wilam: A Birrarung Story

Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly, Lisa Kennedy

Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly joins award-winning picture book duo Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy to tell the Indigenous and geographical story of Melbourne's beautiful Yarra River, from its source to its mouth; from its...

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My Kind

My Kind

Eddie Betts

MY KIND is the first book by AFL star Eddie Betts, which celebrates the power and positivity we can create when we come together and spread kindness.

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Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines

Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines

Jasmine Seymour, Leanne Mulgo Watson

'Warami mittigar. Hello friend.We welcome you to Darug Country.' Cooee Mittigar takes you on a walk through Darug Country.

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Baby Business

Baby Business

Jasmine Seymour

Baby Business tells the story of the baby smoking ceremony that welcomes baby to country. The smoke is a blessing - it will protect the baby and remind them that they belong.

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Alkere. Sky

Alkere. Sky

Children's Ground

In Mparntwe (Alice Springs) our Ampe-kenhe Ahelhe ampe mape (Children's Ground children) have been learning about the sky, the weather and the seasons in their first language (Arrernte) from the right cultural educators in their...

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Welcome To Country

Aunty Joy Murphy, Lisa Kennedy

This is an expansive and generous Welcome to Country from a most respected Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy, beautifully given form by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy.

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Ngaawily Nop: An old story retold

Ngaawily Nop: An old story retold

Kim Scott, Joyce Cockles, Roma Winmar, Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project, Alta Winmar

This story comes from the wise and ancient language of the First People of the Western Australian south coast. A boy goes looking for his uncle. He discovers family and home at the ocean's edge, and finds himself as well. Ngaawily...

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Kick with My Left Foot

Kick with My Left Foot

Paul Seden, Karen Briggs

A lively and endearing story about a child in an Indigenous community getting ready to play his favourite game - footy!

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Going to the Footy

Going to the Footy

Debbie Coombes

In this quintessentially Australian title, Going to the Footy combines richly textured and striking illustrations of iconic Australian modes of transport, with some gentle humour.

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Counting Our Country

Counting Our Country

Jill Daniels

Counting Our Country is a bilingual counting book from Jill Daniels, an Indigenous artist who lives in SE Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

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Why I Love Australia

Why I Love Australia

Bronwyn Bancroft

Gorges that plummet into serpentine shadows ... Cloaks of white that drape the rocky crags of snowy mountains ... In this magnificent celebration of country, Bronwyn Bancroft uses both images and words to explore the...

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Alfred's War

Alfred’s War

Rachel Bin Salleh, 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.

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What do you call a baby...?

What do you call a baby…?

Kamsani Bin Salleh

What do you call a baby...? is an entertaining way for all children to learn the nouns that describe some of our iconic Australian baby animals.

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Yakanarra Songbook: About Our Place in Walmajarri and English

Yakanarra Songbook: About Our Place in Walmajarri and English

Jessie Wamarla Moora, Mary Purnjurr Vanbee, Chris Aitken, Alison Lester, Jessie Wamarla Moora and Mary Purnjurr Vanbee

Songs about how the Walmajarri came to Yakanarra, and their special places.

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I Saw, We Saw

I Saw, We Saw

Yolnu Students from Nhulunbuy Primary School, Ann James, Ann Haddon

Following the theme of I Saw, We Saw, readers will find there's plenty more to see on each page!

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Can You Dance?

Can You Dance?

Sally Morgan

A new board book that will get toddlers and preschoolers up off their feet following the actions of the animals featured in the book!

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Molly the Pig (Moli Det Bigibigi)

Molly the Pig (Moli Det Bigibigi)

Karen Manbullo

Written in Kriol and English, this is the story of Molly, a little pig who is rescued from the bush.

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Mum's Elephant

Mum’s Elephant

Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O'Keefe, Christina Booth

Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O'Keefe grew up in the remote community of Ali Curung in the NT. Her family lived a bush life. They didn't own much but her mother had a very special 'elephant'. It was her mother's most prized...

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Two-Hearted Numbat

Two-Hearted Numbat

Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Ambelin Kwaymullina

Numbat has two hearts?one made of stone and one made of feather. His stone heart makes him strong and powerful, while his feather heart makes him soft and gentle. When having more than one heart becomes troublesome for him, Numbat...

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My People: Eddie's Lil' Homies

My People: Eddie’s Lil' Homies

Eddie Betts

MY PEOPLE is the second book by AFL star Eddie Betts, which aims to educate Australians on Aboriginal culture.

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