Australian history for kids

Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence

Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence

Doris Garimara Pilkington

The film Rabbit-Proof Fence is based on a true account of Doris Pilkington's mother Molly, who as a young girl led her two sisters on an extraordinary 1,600 kilometre walk home. Under Western Australia's removal policy of the...

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 Read reviewYoung Dark Emu: A Truer History

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

Bruce Pascoe

The highly-anticipated junior version of Bruce Pascoe's multi award-winning book.

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The Upside-down History of Down Under

The Upside-down History of Down Under

Alison Lloyd, Terry Denton

Footnotes are printed 'upside-down' at bottom of page.

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What's Out There?

What’s Out There?

Nicole Stewart

A colourful picture book that every Australian child should have in their collection.

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Sister Heart

Sister Heart

Sally Morgan

A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships.

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Papunya School Book of Country and History

Papunya School Book of Country and History

Nadia Wheatley, Ken Searle

A fascinating and significant contribution to Australian history, this book tells the story of how Anangu from five different language groups came to live together at Papunya (250km west of Alice Springs). This multi-layered text...

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Sorry Day

Sorry Day

Coral Vass, Dub Leffler

There was a hum of excitement. Flags flickered in the breeze as Maggie's heart danced with delight. 'This is a very special day!' her mother said.

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My Australian Story: Our Race for Reconciliation

My Australian Story: Our Race for Reconciliation

Anita Heiss

Mel Gordon loves running, and watching Seinfeld, but mostly she loves Cathy Freeman. It's 2000 and the Olympics are going to be held in Australia. In a year of surprises, Mel finds out that ..

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Amazing Australian Women: Twelve Women Who Shaped History

Amazing Australian Women: Twelve Women Who Shaped History

Pamela Freeman, Sophie Beer

A bright and colourful look at twelve incredible Australian women who helped shape our country, from politics and the arts to Indigenous culture, science and more.

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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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Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony

Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony

Stephanie Owen Reeder

This is the inspiring true story of nine-year-old Lennie Gwyther who, at the height of the Great Depression in 1932, rode his pony from his home town of Leongatha in rural Victoria to Sydney to witness the opening of the Sydney...

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Nganga: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Words and Phrases

Nganga: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Words and Phrases

Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson

Aunty, Uncle, sorry business, deadly, women's business, marngrook, dreamtime, Elders, songlines. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander words have become part of our everyday vocabulary but we may not know their true meaning of the...

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The Big Book of Australian History

The Big Book of Australian History

Peter Macinnis

Drawing on the impressive collections of the National Library of Australia, this comprehensive book provides children with an interesting and engaging overview of the history of Australia. It covers many of the main events and ...

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 Read reviewThe Blue Cat

The Blue Cat

Ursula Dubosarsky

From the multi-award-winning author of The Red Shoe comes a haunting story about a boy who can't - or won't - speak about his past in war-torn Europe, and his friendship wth a young Australian girl.

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The Fighting Stingrays

Simon Mitchell

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 Read reviewCatch a Falling Star

Catch a Falling Star

Meg McKinlay

This coming-of-age story by multiple-award-winner Meg McKinlay is about loss and grief, dealing with change and fighting to hold on to what you can, while letting go of what you can't.

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The Shack That Dad Built

The Shack That Dad Built

Elaine Russell

When Elaine Russell was five, her dad built the family a shack just outside the Aboriginal mission at La Perouse in Sydney. In this book, aimed at ages 4-8, she illustrates what life was like for an indigenous kid on the urban...

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Miss Franklin: How Miles Franklin's brilliant career began

Miss Franklin: How Miles Franklin’s brilliant career began

Libby Hathorn, Phil Lesnie

This is a story about iconic Australian writer Stella Miles Franklin, namesake of two major literary prizes, during her brief but formative time as a governess in rural New South Wales.

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 Read reviewRemembering Lionsville

Remembering Lionsville

Bronwyn Bancroft

Renowned artist Bronwyn Bancroft's Remembering Lionsville brings to vivid life her family's oral history and her own childhood memories.

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 Read reviewWhen the Lyrebird Calls

When the Lyrebird Calls

Kim Kane

When Madeleine is shipped off to stay with her eccentric grandmother for the holidays, she expects the usual: politics, early-morning yoga, extreme health food, and lots of...

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Mamie

Mamie

Tania McCartney

Celebrate the life of Australia's beloved May Gibbs through the eyes of a little girl with a big imagination. In a land far away, where fairies and pixies and elves live deep in the woods, a little girl is born. Her family...

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Our Australian Girl: The Pearlie Stories

Our Australian Girl: The Pearlie Stories

Gabrielle Wang

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Playing Beatie Bow

Playing Beatie Bow

Ruth Park

A thrilling adventure story for children and young adults by Park Ruth, Playing Beatie Bow follows Abigail as she suddenly finds herself in the Sydney of a hundred years ago as the result of a scary game.

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 Read reviewWilam: A Birrarung Story

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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 Read reviewWelcome to My Country

Welcome to My Country

Laklak Burarrwanga, Family

Laklak Burarrwanga and family invite you to their Country, centred on a beautiful beach in Arnhem Land. Its crystal waters are full of fish, turtle, crab and stingray, to hunt; the land behind has bush fruits, pandanus for...

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 Read reviewUbby's Underdogs: Return of the Dragons

Ubby’s Underdogs: Return of the Dragons

Brenton E. McKenna

The long-awaited, final book in the Ubby's Underdogs trilogy.

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