Indigenous Australian picture books

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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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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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. Beneath the dark sky of the Northern Territory, Hippy-Boy is captivated when Great-Grandpa Liman tells him the mysterious story of his...

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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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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.

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Bubbay's Desert Adventure

Bubbay’s Desert Adventure

Josie Wowolla Boyle, Fern Martins

A story full of magic, combined with richly textured illustrations. Age range 5+

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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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Artweyenhenge. Family

Artweyenhenge. Family

Children's Ground

Artwyenhenge is a cross-cultural educational resource developed and written by Arrernte Educators to combine Arrernte language learning around family and relationships with English numeracy.

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Cunning Crow

Cunning Crow

Gregg Dreise

Way back, before once-upon-a-time, there was the Dreamtime when all the birds were white. One of those white birds was a crow called Waan.

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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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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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Nintirringanyi Ngurra Ku. Learning On Country

Nintirringanyi Ngurra Ku. Learning On Country

Children's Ground

This book is a collaboration between mothers and grandmothers, representing Luritja, Warlpiri, and Eastern Arrernte language groups in Central Australia.

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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 reviewLittle Bird's Day

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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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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In the Bush I See

In the Bush I See

Kiara Honeychurch

In the bush is a playful ensemble of Australian creatures, and an exciting illustrative debut from teenage artist, Kiara Honeychurch. Hailing from Tasmania, Kiara is inspired by the bush creatures she encounters in her rural home...

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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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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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Monster Party

Monster Party

The children of Rawa Community School, Alison Lester, Jane Godwin

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Colour Me

Colour Me

Ezekiel Kwaymullina

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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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I Open the Door...

I Open the Door…

Gregg Dreise, Ann James, Judy Watson

I Open the Door...contains nine interconnected stories, all of which begin and end with opening a door. The young author/illustrators at the 2016 Spinifex Writing Camp were encouraged to let their imaginations run wild, and the...

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Iwenhe Arratintyeme Inglwele? What Comes Out At Night?

Iwenhe Arratintyeme Inglwele? What Comes Out At Night?

Children's Ground

This book is a collaboration between both Senior and emerging Arrernte Educators to teach our children about the rhythms and patterns of country. We know the land is alive and rich with knowledge. Country is our education system -...

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Kookoo Kookaburra

Kookoo Kookaburra

Gregg Dreise

Kindness is like a boomerang - if you throw it often, it comes back often.

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Silly Birds

Silly Birds

Gregg Dreise

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Bush Bash

Bush Bash

Sally Morgan, Ambelin Kwaymullina

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Mad Magpie

Mad Magpie

Gregg Dreise

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The Last Dance

The Last Dance

Sally Morgan

Everyone needs a home, but some Australian creatures are losing theirs. From sandstone ridges to tropical beaches, from coastal woodlands to alpine streams, habitats are shrinking and changing.

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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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Marngrook: The long-ago story of aussie rules

Marngrook: The long-ago story of aussie rules

Titta Secombe, Grace Fielding

This fictionalised story of Marngrook takes place at the foot of Duwul, the highest mountain in the spectacular Grampians region of north-west Victoria, the traditional country of people from the Djab-Wurrung and Jardwadjali...

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Joey Counts to Ten

Joey Counts to Ten

Sally Morgan, Ambelin Kwaymullina

Watch, look, listen and count! Experience the rhythm of life in the bush as Joey and his mum go about their day.

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I Love Me

I Love Me

Sally Morgan, Ambelin Kwaymullina

I Love Me is a vibrant, multi-colored board book that teaches kids one of life's most important lessons: self acceptance.

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Midnight Possum

Midnight Possum

Sally Morgan, Jess Racklyeft

Possum loved the deep dark. But when Moon rose high in the sky, he loved midnight even more. One night the midnight possum meets a mother who has lost her baby and so he bravely climbs down a chimney, into a house guarded by a dog...

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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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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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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...

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We All Sleep

We All Sleep

Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Acclaimed mother-and-son-team Sally Morgan and Ezekiel Kwaymullina take readers on a journey through a day, celebrating the interconnectedness of people and animals in lyrical language and sumptuous colour.

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Kangaroo and Crocodile

Kangaroo and Crocodile

Bronwyn Bancroft, Sally Morgan

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Noorn: An old story retold

Noorn: An old story retold

Kim Scott, Ryan Brown, 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. Noorn is a story of alliances between humans and other living creatures, in this case a snake. It tells of how...

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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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Big Fella Rain

Big Fella Rain

Beryl Webber, Fern Martins

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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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Mamang

Mamang

Kim Scott, Iris Woods, Jeffrey Farmer, Helen Nelly, Roma Winmar

Mamang was created as part of an Indigenous language recovery project led by Kim Scott and the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project. From a creation story told to the American linguist Gerhardt Laves at Albany, Western...

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The Lost Girl

The Lost Girl

Ambelin Kwaymullina (Author), Leanne Tobin

A beautiful story of how Mother Nature helps a lost girl find her way back to her family. The girl had lost her way. She had wandered away from the Mothers, the Aunties and the Grandmothers, from the Fathers and the Uncles and the...

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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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My Country

My Country

Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Sally Morgan

Now available in paperback. Best-selling author and internationally renowned painter Sally Morgan teams up with Ezekiel Kwaymullina for a picture book celebrating country. A gorgeous picture book in simple, lyrical prose and...

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Kangaroos HOP

Kangaroos HOP

Ros Moriarty, Balarinji

Kangaroos Hop helps children identify favourite Australian animals in the Australian landscape.

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Alfie's Search for Destiny

Alfie’s Search for Destiny

David Hardy

This delightful story follows Alfie on a journey in search for his destiny. He leaves home, travels high and low and, after his long adventure, realises he belongs back at home with his family.

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Shake a Leg

Shake a Leg

Boori Monty Pryor, Jan Ormerod

From pizza shop to bora ground, here is a joyous celebration of food, dance and cultural understanding. When three young boys go to a pizza parlour and meet an Aboriginal chef who can speak Italian and make a deadly pizza, they're...

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Two-Hearted Numbat

Two-Hearted Numbat

Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ezekiel 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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On the Way to Nana's

On the Way to Nana’s

Frances Haji-Ali, Lindsay Haji-Ali, David Hardy

Frances and Lindsay Haji-Ali take us counting backwards from FIFTEEN to ONE on this spectactular journey in the far north of WA.

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My Home Broome

My Home Broome

Tamzyne Richardson, Bronwyn Houston

With a poem written by young Tamzyne Richardson as its centerpiece, My Home Broome captures the heart and soul of the multicultural town of Broome in Australia's north west.   

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My Mate

My Mate

Sue Briggs, Bronwyn Houston

My dog is my mate and I am his mate. A uniquely Australian story of friendship, stunningly illustrated by Bronwyn Houston.

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No Way Yirrikipayi!

No Way Yirrikipayi!

Alison Lester

A beautiful children's book written and illustrated by students from Melville Island with Alison Lester.

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Our Island

Our Island

Graeme Base, Alison Lester, Elizabeth Honey

Our island lies beneath a big blue sky, surrounded by the turquoise sea. Turtles glide through the clear salt water, and dugongs graze on banks of seagrass. In this lyrical celebration of place, the children of Mornington Island...

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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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Stradbroke Dreamtime: Deluxe Edition

Stradbroke Dreamtime: Deluxe Edition

Oodgeroo Nunukul, B Bancroft

A new edition of this classic title.

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Aboriginal Story: How the Birds Got Their Colours

Aboriginal Story: How the Birds Got Their Colours

Pamela Lofts, Mary Albert

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A is for Aunty

A is for Aunty

Elaine Russell

More than just an alphabet book, this title uses the letters A-Z as a framework to tell us about growing up on a mission in northern New South Wales. It is a first alphabet book with an Aboriginal theme and describes daily...

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The Goanna Was Hungry

The Goanna Was Hungry

Ann James, Sally Morgan

Imagine being at a camp in the Great Victorian Desert. Imagine being one of just ten lucky kids chosen to work with two of Australia's best-loved author illustrators. In June 2015, The Indigenous Literacy Foundation brought...

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