Recommended First Nations children's books

Aunty's Wedding

Aunty’s Wedding

Miranda Tapsell, Joshua Tyler, Samantha Fry

A Tiwi-Island girl prepares for Aunty's wedding with help from her maningawu in this vibrant picture book by the popular actor and writers of Top End Wedding and the highly acclaimed illustrator of Alfred's War.

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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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Bush Foods Snap Game

Bush Foods Snap Game

Riley Callie Resources

For thousands of years, Aboriginal people have utilised and cared for the Australian landscape. Plant foods consumed across the continent varies greatly, and the harvesting of these foods forms an important part of cultural,...

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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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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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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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Family

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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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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My Australian Story: Who Am I (New Edition)

My Australian Story: Who Am I (New Edition)

Anita Heiss

Mary lives with the Burkes, but they're not her real family. She hasn't seen her real mum and dad since she was taken away from them five years ago. Everyone tells her to forget about them, but she can't. She wants to find out why...

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Aboriginal Topic Cards

Aboriginal Topic Cards

Riley Callie Resources

A beautifully visual set of 30 Topic Cards about Aboriginal Australia. These cards are designed to be used as a starting point for learning more about the beautiful history and continuing culture of Australia's Aboriginal people....

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Too Many Cheeky Dogs (Bigismob Jigiwan Dog)

Too Many Cheeky Dogs (Bigismob Jigiwan Dog)

Johanna Bell, Dion Beasley, Meigim Kriol Strongbala project of Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation

Mandeitaim aibin wok la main anti kemp en yu sabi wanim aibin luk? So begins this Kriol edition of the bestselling cheeky book set in a remote Indigenous community, romping through numbers, colours and days of the week to the...

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Barraeemal

Barraeemal

Carolyn Briggs

Barraeemal is a Boon Wurrung story written by N'Arweet Carolyn Briggs. Barraemal is the Boon wurrung word for emu.

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Aboriginal Symbol Cards

Aboriginal Symbol Cards

Riley Callie Resources

A beautiful set of 20 Aboriginal symbols cards. The easy way to increase cultural insight of children by teaching them some commonly recognised Aboriginal symbols.

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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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Bundjil Creation Story

Bundjil Creation Story

Carolyn Briggs, Balnarring Bubups

Bundjil is the creation story of the Boon Wurrung language group of the Kulin Nations. This story, as shared by Carolyn Briggs, has been passed down through generations honouring the voice of the oldest living continuous culture...

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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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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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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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Game Day! Championship Collection

Game Day! Championship Collection

Jared Thomas, Patty (Patrick) Mills

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 Read reviewWelcome To Country (Board book)

Welcome To Country (Board book)

Lisa Kennedy, Aunty Joy Murphy

An Aboriginal ceremony of Welcome to Country is depicted for the first time in a stunning board book from two Indigenous Australians.

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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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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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 Read reviewWombat, Mudlark & Other Stories

Wombat, Mudlark & Other Stories

Helen Milroy

From a falling star to a lonely whale, an entertaining lizard to an enterprising penguin, these Indigenous stories are full of wonder, adventure and enduring friendships.

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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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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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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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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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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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An A to Z Story of Australian Animals

An A to Z Story of Australian Animals

Sally Morgan, Bronwyn Bancroft

This remarkable book is more than an A to Z of Australian animals. It is a spectrum of every feeling under the sun - from wonder to vanity, from weariness to delight - and every one of these passions can be found between the...

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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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Japarrika Rises

Japarrika Rises

David Lawrence, Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga, Shelley Ware

Kay-Bell is desperate to play in the AFLW, but there are many obstacles ahead for the footy star.

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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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Yinti, Desert Child

Yinti, Desert Child

Pat Lowe, Jimmy Pike

The first book in the Yinti series of three books. The stories are linked in a sequence that shows Yinti's development from a young bushie to a competent station worker and adult.

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Dead Man's Gold

Dead Man’s Gold

Michael Torres, Sharyn Egan

Billy Stone rides out one morning, headed for the cattle muster at Black Hills Station, but a stop at the waterhole in No-Man's Gorge leads to some startling discoveries. Dead Man's Gold is the story of an Aboriginal drover whose...

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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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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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Black Cockatoo

Black Cockatoo

Carl Merrison, Hakea Hustler

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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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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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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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Japarrika

Japarrika

David Lawrence, Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga, Shelley Ware

A powerful story about finding the courage to believe in yourself, written by senior students of Tiwi College in collaboration with David Lawrence and Shelley Ware. Penguin Random House will donate all profits from the sale of...

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Our Birds: Nilimurrungu Wayin Malanynha

Our Birds: Nilimurrungu Wayin Malanynha

Siena Stubbs

A delightful gift book of birds from around Yirrkala, which is Siena's home in North-east Arnhem Land.

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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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We All Sleep

We All Sleep

Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Sally Morgan

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 Read reviewMy Girragundji (20th Anniversary Edition)

My Girragundji (20th Anniversary Edition)

Meme McDonald, Boori Monty Pryor

The 20th anniversary edition of the award-winning, much loved story that tells how a little tree frog helps a boy find the courage to face his fears.

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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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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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Clever Crow

Clever Crow

Nina Lawrence, Bronwyn Bancroft

Clever Crow is an endearing and witty tale that follows the exploits of a hungry and very clever crow.  

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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The Rainbow Serpent

The Rainbow Serpent

Dick Roughsey, Percy Trezise

The story of the Rainbow Serpent, who made people turn into birds, animals and plants.

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Aboriginal Story: How the Birds Got Their Colours

Aboriginal Story: How the Birds Got Their Colours

Mary Albert, WA children from Broome

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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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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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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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Big Rain Coming

Big Rain Coming

Katrina Germein, Bronwyn Bancroft

Everyone and everything is waiting for the rain. Rosie's kids, the panting dogs, the fat green frogs, and Old Stephen - for he predicts its arrival. But when will the big rain come? Shortlisted for 2002 Washington (State)...

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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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Sea Horse

Sea Horse

Bruce Pascoe

Written with gentle humour and a beautiful interpretation of landscape, this adventure story about Jack and his family is reminiscent of endless summers, azure seas and sandy white beaches. Jack, his dad Vince, sister Tanya, and...

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Fog a Dox

Fog a Dox

Bruce Pascoe

Albert Cutts is a tree feller. A fella who cuts down trees. Fog is a fox cub raised by a dingo. Hes called a dox because people are suspicious of foxes and Albert Cutts owns the dingo and now the dox. Albert is a bushman and lives...

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Kicking Goals with Goodesy and Magic

Kicking Goals with Goodesy and Magic

Adam Goodes, Anita Heiss, Michael O'Loughlin

AFL legends Adam Goodes and Michael O'Loughlin are blood brothers and great mates. They are also two of the best footballers ever to play for the Sydney Swans. Between them, they played over 650 games and ..

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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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 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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Born to Run: My Story

Born to Run: My Story

Cathy Freeman

Hi guys,Ever since I was little I only had one dream - to win a gold medal at the Olympics. When I was twenty-seven years old, my dream came true. I'll never forget that night at the Sydney 2000 Games - as I crossed the finish...

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