Topic : "Aboriginal content/author"

Aboriginal authors, illustrators, content

Total Results : 250

Image currently unavailable 540 : A is for Aunty by Russell, Elaine
Memories of growing up on an Aboriginal mission are brought to life in this alphabet picture book with a difference. It features accounts of possums as pets and Aunty Goldie who used zinc ointment for just about every ailment.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 9454 : Aboriginal peoples of Australia by Bartlett, Anne
Indigenous and non-indigenous writers work in collaboration with indigenous people to present a vast amount of information about the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. Provides information on each author.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15202 : About this little devil and this little fella by Barunga, Albert & Mueche, Stephen & Dowling, Julie (ill)
This greedy little fella just can't stop eating honey and won't go home with his mother. The grumpy little devil is nearby chopping wood to make a fire to cook his dinner. But first, he has to catch it.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 18492 : Aden Ridgeway (Aussie Stars) by McCallum, Grant
Tells of Aden Ridgeway's childhood, schooling and eventual rise to become a prominent Australian politician.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 15514 : All about Jada by Mundine, Anthony & Luxton, Peter & Mundine, Danielle (ill)
This is a photo diary of the life of young Jada, daughter of boxer Anthony Mundine, the author of this book. Jada's special connection to her famous father inspired a tattoo.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9321 : All the questions you ever wanted to ask Adam Goodes by Williams, Jane & others
Three children interview great Aussie Rules footballer and role model for indigenous kids, Adam Goodes, who plays for the Sydney Swans.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 8499 : Amazing facts about Australia's early explorers by Parish, Steve & Cox, Karin
Australia's early explorers were an odd bunch. Some were incredibly brave, others extremely foolhardy. Some formed friendships with Aborigines and respected their rights and traditions, others treated them very badly. Some gained fame and fortune, others lost their lives. All had a thirst for discovery.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 25945 : Amazing facts about Australia's early settlers by Parish, Steve & Cox, Karin
Australia is home to both an ancient, Indigenous culture and a young European influence. While their coexistence has been far from peaceful, both groups have proven to be tenacious, resourceful and resilient. Australia is the only country founded solely to contain convicts.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15 : Anna the goanna and other poems by McDougall, Jill & Taylor, Jenny (ill)
A colourful, engaging picture book containing a collection of poems about living in an Aboriginal community.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 19 : Anthony Mundine (Aussie stars) by McCallum, Grant
Anthony Mundine's biography shows how he wanted to follow in his sporting father's footsteps.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15731 : Art, history, place by Nicholls, Christine
A recognised art expert looks at the astonishing diversity of visual work done by Indigenous Australians today, while exploring the traditions and influences that shaped their work. Although much Indigenous art is part of an artistic movement over forty thousand years old, Indigenous artists also have a remarkable capacity to use new media, styles and subject matter in their work.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 10228 : Art, land, story by Nicholls, Christine
A look at some of the traditions from which Indigenous art has come, with an emphasis on the continuous links between Indigenous art, place and The Dreaming. It shows the extraordinary diversity that has always been a feature of Australian Indigenous art.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 23 : As I grew older by Abdulla, Ian
Ian Abdulla tells of his life and experiences growing up in a traditional Aboriginal family, living the Nunga way of life on the Murray River in the 1950s.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 33427 : Australia by Mahoney, Melanie (ed) & Madden, Bec (ed)
Come and explore your country, Australia. Find out where it is in the world and what it looks like. Discover our history, who our first people were and how the first European settlers arrived. Compare how people live now, the different animals and environments in Australia and some of our national pastimes.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5052 : Australia, a global nation 1976-today by Barrett, Rees
Explore the fascinating story of Australia, from its ancient Indigenous past to the present day, through the biographies of significant people. Find out how these people brought important changes to Australian society through their knowledge, actions or achievements.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 25724 : Australian animals by Mahoney, Melanie (ed) & Madden, Bec (ed)
Bright, interesting images and facts tell you about most of the iconic Australian native animals. Find out what they eat, where they live, the impact of introduced species and how you can help Australian native animals.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 11129 : Bajirriga the turtle by Fourmile, Trevor & Fourmile, Lillian (ill)
Foolish Bajirriga, an Aboriginal boy, fails to cooperate with his community, preferring to go to the beach and swim while they gather food. Ignoring his parents' advice to come out of the water, he begins to transform into a turtle.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 1785 : Bakir and Bi by Boyd, Jillian & Mordey, Tori-Jay (ill)
Bakir and Mar live on a remote island called Egur with their two young children. While fishing, Bakir comes across a very special pelican named Bi. A famine occurs, and life on the island is no longer harmonious. One day Bakir and Bi disappear and Mar and the children are forced to make the journey to another island by canoe and so begins the adventure.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 27230 : Barlay by Kickett-Tucker, Cheryl & Gibbs, Tracey (ill) & Morgan, Sally (ed)
Sometimes, grown-ups tell scary stories to teach kids a lesson. And, sometimes, those scary stories turn out to be true. Sarah, Jay and Rene find out the hard way what sort of tale their Nan's Woordatj story is when they wander off into the bush, despite her warnings.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9326 : Barrumbi kids, The by Norrington, Leonie
Dale and Tomias, live in the outback. They have a deep love for the wild, ancient land that is their home and move easily between their Aboriginal and white cultures, until someone turns up to spoil their last year at the community school.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 74181 : Bat and the crocodile, The by Lofts, Pamela (comp) & Dolumyu, Jack (teller)
This story comes from the Aboriginal people at Warmun (Turkey Creek) in Western Australia. It was told in the Kija language. Describes why bats now live in caves because of the killing of a fellow creature.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 8412 : Beach sports car by Oxenham, Darlene & Gibbs, Tracey (ill) & Morgan, Sally (ed)
When Annie's dad promises her a beach sports car, she imagines a bright red hotrod with racing car stripes. But, it will take a lot of work to turn Dad's battered old bomb into the car of Annie's dreams. Then again, hard work can sometimes make the rewards seem so much sweeter.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 23596 : Beautiful colours by Raveneau, Tina & Neilson-Kelly, Julie
This book is best the first time you read it. Enjoy the insight of a child in a colourful family. Beautiful, funny and inspiring, with vibrant illustrations.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9504 : Beginnings to Federation: the shortest history of Australia, volume 1 by Simpson, Judith
Nearly fifty million years crammed into forty pages. A brief description of prehistoric Australia, the history of Aboriginal peoples and thirty milestones in white Australian history up to the opening of the first Federal Parliament.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 3900 : Biddy's fishing-line by Priman, Bridget & Paul, Robbie (ill)
The river is running and a girl's long journey to school through the bush is full of possibilities.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 15290 : Big rain coming by Germein, Katrina & Bancroft, Bronwyn (ill)
This book invokes both a feeling of listlessness and of expectation. The children in an Aboriginal camp in northern Australia are waiting. Uncle Stephen predicts the big wet is coming but, day after day, the hot, dry weather continues.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 40 : Binna Binna man, The by McDonald, Meme & Pryor, Boori
A young Aboriginal boy is travelling back to his home on the mission to attend the funeral of a cousin.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 17958 : Bittangabee Tribe: an Aboriginal story from coastal New South Wales by Cruse, Beryl (et al) & Austin, Jana (ill)
Explores the story of a family living on the coast of south-east Australia who travel to the Australian Alps in the summer to meet with other tribes and feast on Bogong moths. At the end of the season they travel back to their home for lobster season. Includes references to Indigenous trading, Aboriginal lifestyle pre-colonisation, bush tucker, traditional language and boundary divisions and Indigenous seasons.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 871 : Black fella white fella by Murray, Neil
Black fella white fella doesn't matter what your colour - the message is clear, We are all brothers and sisters no matter where we are from in this world.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 18998 : Blue-eyed Aborigine, The by Hayes, Rosemary
After the shipwreck of the Batavia off Western Australia in 1629, a cabin boy and a soldier were involved in a grisly, notorious mutiny. Most mutineers were hanged but the two men were marooned on the mainland, becoming Australia's first European settlers. No trace of them was ever found. Later European explorers reported seeing Aboriginal Australians with blue eyes. This novel suggests what might have happened in between. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5110 : Boom times and the Great Depression by Barrett, Rees
Explore the fascinating story of Australia, from its ancient Indigenous past to the present day, through the biographies of significant people. Find out how these people brought important changes to Australian society through their knowledge, actions or achievements.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 4654 : Building modern Australia 1950-1975 by Barrett, Rees
Explore the fascinating story of Australia, from its ancient Indigenous past to the present day, through the biographies of significant people. Find out how these people brought important changes to Australian society through their knowledge, actions or achievements.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 63 : Burnt stick, The by Hill, Anthony & Sofilas, Mark (ill)
An Aboriginal boy is removed from his mother, despite her desperate efforts to disguise his fair skin by rubbing him with charcoal from a burnt stick.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 1273 : Bush holiday by Norrington, Leonie & McKenna Brenton E (ill)
Auntie Doreen is taking the kids on a real bush holiday, like they wouldn't believe.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 120128 : Bush tucka, good tucka by Brown, Jan & Madden, Robert (ill)
An hilarious trip to the supermarket for two Aboriginal kids and their weary Nan to buy bush tucka, sees the children being both cheeky and rambunctiously helpful. Contains bush tucka recipes for banana jelly and fried scones.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 84668 : Bush tucker and medicine of the Jawoyn by Bennett, Lily; Katherine, Margaret & Ranch, Sybil & Thompson, Liz
Three women elders share the stories and knowledge of food and medicine from Jawoyn county and the people who live there in the Barunga and Wugularr communities.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 21624 : Bush tucker and medicine of the Ndjebbana by James, Alistair Djalolba; Bawudba, Claire & Mabbindja, Debbie & Thompson, Liz
Three senior members share the stories and knowledge of food and medicine from Maningrida (Arnhem Land) area and the Ndjebbana people who live there.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 24773 : Bush tucker and medicine of the Ngaanyatjarra lands by Holland, Elizabeth & Watson, Dulcie & Davies, Tjingapa & Holland, Nora
Five women elders share the stories and knowledge of food and medicine from the Ngaanyatjarra lands (central western deserts) and the Yarnangu people who live there.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 28038 : Bush tucker and medicine of the Nyikina by Milgin, Annie Nayina & Watson, Dadakar John & Thompson, Liz
Two elders share the stories and knowledge of food and medicine from Jarlmadangah Burru and the Nyikina people who live there.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 8230 : Butcher paper, texta, blackboard and chalk by Hunter, Ruby & Roach, Archie
Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander's are warned that this book and CD/DVD contains images and voices of deceased persons. A book of children's songs, captured beautifully with paintings by Ruby Hunter. You can listen to the CD while reading the book. Great resource for teachers.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 3037 : Butterfly heart, The by Leyden, Paula
In Zambia, time is running out as Bul-Boo and Madillo try to work out a way to save their friend, Winifred, from a terrifying fate. In desperation, they ask the advice of Ifwafwa, the snake man, who promises to think about the problem. Ifwafwa is wise and has a gift with snakes, but he does not like to hurry and Bul-Boo becomes impatient. Some adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 75 : Cathy Freeman (Aussie stars) by McCallum, Grant
Cathy Freeman's early career as a schoolgirl athlete and a Commonwealth Games representative for Australia.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 84 : Child's dreaming by Gilbert, Kevin
Kevin Gilbert is an Aboriginal artist and poet and his poems focus on the Australian outback, in particular, the fauna.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 87 : Christine Anu (Aussie stars) by McCallum, Grant
Christine Anu's life begins in the Torres Strait Islands and leads to her rise in the world of music.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12394 : Cocky, the crow and the hawk, The by Nicholls, Christine (ed.) & Mudgedell, Matingali Napanangka (teller)
A Dreaming narrative belonging to Matingali Napanangka Mudgedell, in which all the birds were brightly coloured. The birds lived together and shared their food. But, one day, the cocky and the crow argued and everything changed.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 8690 : Colonial life 1851-1900 by Barrett, Rees
Explore the fascinating story of Australia, from its ancient Indigenous past to the present day, through the biographies of significant people. Find out how these people brought important changes to Australian society through their knowledge, actions or achievements.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 18559 : Creatures of the rainforest by Brim, Warren & Eglitis, Anna
Warren Brimm and Anna Iglitis embark on a cross-cultural journey to show us the remarkable array of creatures that inhabit the Queensland rainforest.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 6677 : Crow country by Constable, Kate
Sadie has moved to the country with her mum, although she would have preferred to stay in Melbourne with her friends. Life takes an unexpected turn when Sadie has an unusual encounter with a crow on a dried-up lake, and then meets Lachie Mortlock. Living in the country takes on new meaning, especially when Crow gives Sadie a secret to keep and a mystery to solve.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9526 : Dan's grandpa by Morgan, Sally & Bancroft, Bronwyn (ill)
Dan and his grandpa were the best of friends and shared many special times together. From his grandpa, Dan learnt about nature, the land and his Aboriginal culture. When grandpa dies, Dan misses him. Then grandpa's cocky disappears.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 9524 : Daniel's secret by Mattingley, Christobel & Wilson, Mark (ill)
Daniel has found an Aboriginal carving on the cliff face. He wants to share his secret but, as the youngest member of a busy family, he can't persuade anyone to accompany him.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 1081 : Deadly Australians by Craven, Rhonda & Wilson-Miller, James
Information about some deadly Australians, that is, some great Indigenous people who are successful, talented, outstanding and cool. They include Bronwyn Bancroft, Fabri Blacklock, Uncle Charles Moran, Darlene Johnson, Jimmy Little, Linda Burney and Charles Davidson who have achieved in art, politics, music and other fields.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 18493 : Deborah Mailman (Aussie Stars) by McCallum, Grant
Tells of Deborah's childhood, schooling and rise to become one of Australia's finest actors.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 9437 : Desert cowboy by Lowe, Pat & Pike, Jimmy (ill)
Yinti travels from one outback place to another. He is a Desert Cowboy who experiences a series of firsts: learning the kartiya language (English), his first pay, seeing kartiyas (whitefellas), cars, cows and horses and trousers made from flour bags.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 1418 : Desert dog by Lowe, Pat & Pike, Jimmy (ill)
Spinifex, a dingo pup, is adopted by a family living in the traditional way, moving from waterhole to waterhole. Based on an incident in his childhood, the pup encountering station life shares the experience of Jimmy Pike's own people.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 112023 : Desert dreamings by Stokes, Deirdre
Well-organised under clear headings and well-presented information on indigenous Australia with contents, websites, a glossary and ideas for related things to do.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 17360 : Dig 3ft NW: the legendary journey of Burke and Wills by Murgatroyd, Sarah
In 1860, Robert Burke, accompanied by William Wills and a party of explorers, was prepared to risk everything to become the first European to cross the Australian continent from south to north. A few months later, a tree bore a strange carving, Dig under 3 ft NW. Burke, Wills and five other men were dead. A compelling account of a journey that was in trouble even before it began.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 109 : Do not go around the edges by Utemorrah, Daisy & Torres, Pat (ill)
Fifteen poems by an Aboriginal author are illustrated with vibrant colours and borders.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9374 : Down the hole: up the tree, across the sandhills, running from the state and Daisy Bates by Williams, Edna Tantjingu & others
In the past, Aboriginal people had to hide their children to help them escape from the authorities coming to take them. Includes strong, distinctive illustrations and Aboriginal English with phrases in Yankunytjatjara.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 14686 : Dreamtime at the 'G by Hayes, Alinta & Nelson, Andrew
A Year 8 student and a Year 10 student meet with Aboriginal AFL players at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to interview them about their profession as elite footballers. Topics include training, racism in sport, rewards and coaching.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 1542 : Dunbi the owl by Lofts, Pamela (comp) & Utemorrah, Daisy (teller)
Based on the story told by Daisy Utemorrah of the Worora people to children living in Derby, Western Australia. One of a series of Aboriginal stories about animals and birds. Dunbi the owl is discovered in a tree by some children who soon learn the consequences of mistreating him.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 1210 : Early sea exploration 1606-1803 by Barrett, Rees
Explore the fascinating story of Australia, from its ancient Indigenous past to the present day, through the biographies of significant people. Find out how these people brought important changes to Australian society through their knowledge, actions or achievements.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 792 : Early settlements 1788-1850 by Barrett, Rees
Explore the fascinating story of Australia, from its ancient Indigenous past to the present day, through the biographies of significant people. Find out how these people brought important changes to Australian society through their knowledge, actions or achievements.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12250 : Echidna and the shade tree, The by Lofts, Pamela (comp) & Green, Mona (teller)
based on a story of the jaru people. In the dreaming, there was a shade tree in the middle of the desert. The animals went hunting for themselves and their babies but they only gave the echidna the scraps. When he gets angry and attacks the shade tree, the other animals must do something.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 15518 : Emu egg, The by Thorpe, Sharon & Leffler, David (ill)
Searching for emu eggs can be more risky than you'd expect.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 119 : Enora and the black crane by Meeks, Arone Raymond
An aboriginal story that tells of Enora's fascination with the coloured birds of the forest.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 120 : Ernie Dingo by McCallum, Grant
A biography that traces the life of one of the most well known Aboriginal performers on television.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 3944 : Families by Galleguillos, Sharon & Kelly, Perri-Ann
A look at Indigenous families in Broome, on Prince of Wales Island, Brewarrina, Tennant Creek and Brisbane, with great photographs, maps and extra background information.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 5473 : Fat Head the bird by Lawson, Liam & others
Liam tells the story of Fat Head, the bird, who sometimes gets up to mischief. Liam learns the value of pet ownership and why we need rules.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 129 : Father Sky and Mother Earth by Noonuccal, Oodgeroo (Walker, Kath)
An illustrated book depicting environmental concerns by Oodgeroo Noonuccal, a poet and an activist for Aboriginal rights.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 49735 : Festivals by Park, Louise
The festivals that Australia's Indigenous people celebrate and how they celebrate them. Includes great photographs and extra information.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 7400 : Find me a river by Blake, Bronwyn
A story that focuses on the common and shared history of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, and how many individuals are personally coming to terms with this history.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 5513 : Firewood & rabbits by Jackson, Ron
In this picture book autobiography, Ron Jackson describes his eventful childhood as one of thirteen children in a stockman's family living in isolated Balranald. He discusses home schooling, catching rabbits, and collecting firewood in a homemade boat.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 19250 : First peoples of Oceania by Sertori, Trisha
Find out about the culture, traditions, laws and ways of life of the first peoples in Oceania - the Aboriginal peoples of Australia, the Papuans of New Guinea and the Maoris of New Zealand. Includes photographs, fact boxes and quotes from elders.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 7503 : Fishing in the Torres Strait by Hall, Beth
Traditional fishing in the Torres Strait is demonstrated by Indigenous Australians. Includes great photographs and extra information.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 32200 : Fitness secrets of rugby league by Hirsch, Suzan
Rugby league players, such as Preston Campbell from the Gold Coast Titans, have to work hard to stay fit enough for first grade football. Find out what he does to get and stay fit.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 139 : Flying emu and other Australian stories, The by Morgan, Sally
Twenty stories about how the world began and the events that followed. They are based around a host of characters, including Australian animals, non-native animals, spirits, planets, the sun and moon, and humans. The title story, The Flying Emu, tells of a beautifully-coloured emu who learns about vanity and immodesty when he and his friends race to the sun.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 28334 : From little things big things grow by Kelly, P & Carmody, K & Hudson, P (ill) & Kalkaringi School Children (ill)
The iconic song by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody recounts the story of when Vincent Lingiari and other Gurindji workers walked off the Wave Hill cattle station in 1966. What began as a strike over wages and conditions became an eight year long struggle for the return of traditional lands. Illustrated by Gurindji schoolchildren.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 1910 : Girl with no name, The by Lowe, Pat
Matthew sets off alone to find Aboriginal rock paintings that he knows are hidden in Goanna Gorge. When Matthew realises he is lost, the strange, wild country seems to mock him with its secrets until he meets the girl with no name.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9372 : Goanna jumps high by Urandangi State School
Students try to win a high jump contest in a zone sports competition but, to do this, their goanna must jump higher than a competing kangaroo. Illustrated by primary pupils.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 160 : Going for kalta: hunting for sleepy lizards at Yalata by Edwards, Yvonne & Day, Brenda
Kalta is the Aboriginal word meaning ""sleepy lizard"". In this picture book, the reader is shown how the Yalata community catch and cook kalta.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 34022 : Gold for Cathy Freeman by Lau, Karen
The story of Cathy Freeman winning gold at the Olympic games. Great photos and a full biography are included.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 41121 : Gold, graves and glory: 1850-1880 by French, Jackie & Sheehan, Peter (ill)
Between 1850 and 1880, Australia developed from a struggling penal settlement to a sustainable 'free' colony. This informative but fun look at history begins with the arrival of Governor Brisbane, who must make the colony a harsher deterrent for convicts, and ends the year before gold is discovered. The resultant gold rush changed Australia forever.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 5092 : Gracey by Moloney, James
It's school holidays and Gracey is coming home to Cunningham, a remote country town. Everything looks different, even frightening. When her brother, Dougy, finds three aboriginal bones, a chain of events causes Gracey to reconnect with her Aboriginal heritage. Includes coarse language and adult themes. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 1406 : Great cold by Milroy, Gladys & Morgan, Sally (ed)
Moon and Sun are fighting over their position in the sky. The earth is in danger of experiencing a cold so intense, it will kill everything on earth. Magpie is torn. She knows there is a good chance she will perish if she doesn't seek shelter with the other animals. But, she can't abandon her nest and her egg.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 28111 : Grim crims & convicts: 1788-1822 by French, Jackie & Sheehan, Peter (ill)
Eleven ships, with over one thousand people, travelled twenty five thousand kilometres to the other side of the world to build a new colony. They didn't know what they would find and most of them certainly didn't know how much hardship they would suffer. This is the story of the governor, the soldiers, the local Indigenous people, the convicts and a handful of wives and children in the first years of Sydney, Australia.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9467 : Growing up at Uluru Australia by Breedon, Stan
The life of the Anangu Aboriginal people is revealed in a picture book that focuses particularly on the children who live around Uluru in the Northern Territory.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15516 : Having fun at school by Fisher, Taminya & Le, Thuy & Bell, Meiko
Members of the school population state their ways to have fun at school. A play version is also presented.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 2408 : Health=life by Jennings, Karen & Cunningham, Joan
Find out some of the things being done to create a healthier future for Australia's Indigenous people and to overcome the impacts of past events. Read how health is linked to history, life experiences and the environment, as well as to medical treatment.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 1979 : Helping little star by Morgan, Sally & Kwaymullina, Blaze (ill)
Little Star has fallen off the edge of the night sky. He wants to return home to the Moon and hopes that Python, Dingo or Kangaroo can help him.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9507 : Home of the Kadimakara people by Trezise, Percy
A Dreaming story retold. Jadianta, his sister Lande and brother Jalmor are fishing when a storm blows their walpa out into Balanorga, the great lake. A gentler wind blows them on shore and they must journey back to their people, the Kadimakara.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 195 : Homelands and frontiers by Tucker, Alan
Tracing the clashes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the Europeans who tried to move them from their land.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 48838 : How frogmouth found her home by Kwaymullina, Ambelin
Frogmouth isn't like the other birds. She doesn't want to live in the trees and is in search of something more. Frogmouth travels the land hunting for a new nesting place but nothing feels right. On her way, she helps other animals find their true homes, but still she searches for hers.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 113069 : How high can a kangaroo hop by French, Jackie & Whatley, Bruce (ill)
Discover the lost monster kangaroos, how indigenous people hunted and used kangaroos, how to tell a kangaroo from a wallaby and what to do if you find a kangaroo by the side of a road.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5654 : How I go to school by Galleguillos, Sharon & Kelly, Perri-Ann
Tom, Babia, Anabelle, Nicky and Luke talk about how they get to school. Includes great photographs and extra information.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 2267 : How the birds got their colours by Lofts, Pamela (comp) & Albert, Mary (teller)
Based on a story of the Bardi people in Western Australia. An Aboriginal story that explains the misadventure that led to the birds being so colourful.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 73826 : How the kangaroos got their tails by Lofts, Pamela (comp) & Lirrmiyarri, George (teller)
Told by George Lirrmiyarri of the Kija people to children living in Warmun, Western Australia. One of a series of Aboriginal stories about animals and birds. A battle of wits, between a hills kangaroo and a plains kangaroo over some bush honey, leads to an interesting outcome.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9250 : Idjhil by Bell, Helen
The poignant story of a nine year old Aboriginal boy who was taught a traditional way of life until he was taken from his family, in accordance with the official government policy of the time.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12210 : In Redfern by Gordon, Angelica & others
Three young authors explore all their favourite places in the Sydney suburb of Redfern.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 94273 : In the bush by Anderson, L & Blackmore, E (adapt) & Kennedy, R (ill)
This simple text lists common animals and birds of the Australian bush, followed by the same text presented as a play.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9525 : In your dreams by Morgan, Sally & Bancroft, Bronwyn (ill)
Susie is searching for the meanings behind her dreams and Gran, in her wisdom, gently guides her in the right direction, emphasising the importance of Aboriginal kinship.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 596 : Indigenous Australia by Barrett, Rees
Explore the fascinating story of Australia, from its ancient Indigenous past to the present day, through the biographies of significant people. Find out how these people brought important changes to Australian society through their knowledge, actions or achievements.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 9303 : Indigenous language book by Various
Students and parents may substitute reading or listening to a book in an indigenous language for a similar book on the Premier's Reading Challenge Kindergarten to Year 2 booklist. Older students may read an Indigenous language book as a personal choice.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 120133 : Indij sports report: XVIII Commonwealth Games, Melbourne by Leon, Emily & others & Quilliam, Wayne (ill)
A scrapbook-style presentation of fascinating Commonwealth Games facts and photos, gathered by Aboriginal students.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 5802 : It's a try by Hirsch, Suzan
In rugby league, scoring a try is the aim of the game. Find out how to score one and what happens then.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 793 : Jandamarra by Greenwood, Mark & Denton, Terry (ill)
Set in the Kimberley region in north-west Australia, this is the story of a young warrior born to lead. To the settlers, he was an outlaw to be hunted. To the Bunuba, he was a courageous defender of his country. This story of conflict and divided loyalties gives a unique insight into an extraordinary man and a tragic but important part of Australia's history.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 15146 : Jirrbal: rainforest Dreamtime stories by Barlow, Maisie (Yarrcali) & Anning, Michael (Boiyool) (ill)
Aboriginal dreaming stories of the Jirrbal people. Contains factual narratives about the author's life and the rainforests of North Queensland. Traditional language words of the Jirrbal people are included.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 16200 : Kakadu calling by Christopherson, Jane Garlil
An elder of the Bunitz clan living in Kakadu National Park tells stories of children living in the far north. There is the story of Burrki, a ten year old boy living on his own in the wilderness, of two brothers who have a misadventure at sea and of Maidje and her cousins learning how to gather and cook food, even snakes.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 58391 : Kangaroo and crocodile: my big book of Australian animals by Bancroft, Bronwyn
Striking, lusciously-coloured, Indigenous illustrations celebrate our unique Australian animals and birds, from the lesser known fence skink to the mighty great white shark, from eagles to echidnas.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 8745 : Kangaroo and the porpoise by Lofts, Pamela (comp) & Lippo, Agnes (teller)
From the Larrakia and Waigite language groups. One of a series of Aboriginal stories about animals and birds. The kangaroo asks the porpoise to mind her baby. When the porpoise won't give the baby back, a fight ensues with interesting results.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 4559 : Kangaroos hop by Moriarty, Ros & Balarinji (ill)
If you are very quiet, you'll see the kangaroos hop, the birds fly and the echidnas shuffle across the land and down to the water's edge, where a crocodile lies sleeping. Be very quiet now.
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Image currently unavailable 8130 : Kick it to me by McMullin, Neridah & Hudson, Peter (ill)
This is an illustrated, historical account of Tom Wills who was the principal founder of Australian Rules Football. Tom was inspired by the game of Marn-grook, a game played by the people of the Djab Wurrung tribe of the Gariwerd Grampions in Victoria, near the town of Moyston, where Tom spent his boyhood in the early 1840s.
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Image currently unavailable 9468 : Kupi-kupi and the girl by Burton, Daphne Punytjina
A traditional, oral story of the Areyonga community (text in English and Pitjantjatjara). A young girl who likes to chase the kupi-kupi (willy willy) is sucked up into one. She ends up captured by a wanampi (water snake). A daring rescue saves her.
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No book cover. 1743 : Lake Mungo: our story by Mitchell, J & McDougall, W
The spectacular scenery around Lake Mungo, at Willandra Lakes Region in south-west NSW, is described and its problems such as soil erosion are discussed. Accompanied by beautiful black and white photography.
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Image currently unavailable 18491 : Leah Purcell (Aussie Stars) by McCallum, Grant
A brief biography on Leah Purcell's childhood and rise to become a well-known Australian actor.
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Image currently unavailable 8754 : Let's dance by Park, Louise
Along with art, music and song, dance is an important part of Indigenous Australian culture. Dance has always been used to tell a story. NAISDA College is a great place to start to learn about Indigenous culture and dance.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 58837 : Lilli and her shadow by Dudgeon, Pat & Laura & Gibbs, Tracey (ill) & Morgan, Sally (ed)
Lilli's family is moving from the bush to the city and Lilli is sure she'll be horribly lonely. She'll miss the mangoes, she'll miss her cousins and, most of all, she'll miss her Nan. But, Nan sends a special friend south with Lilli, a secret Shadow to look after her. And, Lilli discovers life in the city isn't so bad after all.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 2321 : Little fullas rap at the games by Prior, Chasity & McIntosh, Kelli & Hughes, Sharon
A group of Aboriginal children rap and chant their way through a day at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, and learn about their culture from their Elders.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9227 : Livewire investigates Aboriginal studies: traditional technologies by Cahir, Sandra
Sandra Cahir looks at the type of technology used by Aboriginal people living a traditional lifestyle.
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Image currently unavailable 8501 : Locked out by Roberts, Renee & Maris, Sarah & Stewart, Tammie & Leffler, David (ill)
More of an after-school story than a school story. Three sisters believe they are locked out of home at three o'clock. A humorous look at a potentially disastrous dilemma.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 63650 : Look see, look at me by Norrington, Leonie & Huxley, Dee (ill)
Rhyming text and flowing illustrations capture the exuberance of a little boy who feels so big at three.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 1676 : Loongie the greedy crocodile by Dann, Lucy & Kiefer & Houston, Bronwyn (ill)
Loongie is a saltwater crocodile who lives among the mangroves in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia. Loongie has no friends and no-one goes near the creek when he's around.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15148 : Luurnpa: the magical kingfisher by Napangarti, Bai Bai & Nicholls, Christine (ed)
A dreamtime narrative belonging to the Kukatja people of how Luurnpa rescues people from a drought and takes them to the country they now call home. Includes background notes and a map of the region.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 22563 : Magic fair, The by Morgan, Sally & Gibbs, Tracey (ill)
The magic fair has a lot more than just fairy floss and fun rides, it has cakes that jump and pies that fly. Enter - but beware. Kayla and her cousin, Phil, soon find out that not all the surprises are nice ones. When Phil is mean to Kayla, the fair takes matters into its own hands in a very unusual way.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 17039 : Malu kangaroo by Morecroft, Judith & Bancroft, Bronwyn
Malu kangaroo came to the seaside, made the first surfboard for the children and taught them how to ride it. It is his gift to all children who love the sea in this modern Dreamtime style story.
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Image currently unavailable 18038 : Mandawuy Yunupingu by Hall, Beth
The story of a respected indigenous role model, Mandawuy Yunupingu, who has been a school principal and a rock star. Includes great photos, a glossary and a personal profile.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 248 : Mandawuy Yunupingu (Aussie stars) by McCallum, Grant
A former Australian of the Year, Mandawuy Yunupingu, leads the band, Yothu Yindi.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 97658 : Maralinga: the Anangu story by Mattingley, Christobel & Yalata and Oak Valley community & Yalata and Oak Valley communities (ill)
In words and pictures, Yalata and Oak Valley community members, with author Christobel Mattingley, describe what happened in the Maralinga Tjarutja lands of South Australia, before the bombs and after.
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Image currently unavailable 15426 : Mark of the Wagarl, The by Little, Lorna & Lyndon, Janice (ill)
The story tells of the travels and responsibilities of Wagarl, the big boss of all snakes, and how he keeps the waterways clean in Noongar country.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 6557 : Matty forever by Fensham, Elizabeth
Bill and Matty are neighbours and best friends. They share their deepest secrets and lean on each other when things aren't right at home. Bill misses his father and is having a hard time at his new school. Matty is realising that her family is not quite the same as everyone else's. When a new girl decides she wants Bill all to herself, Bill and Matty discover what true friendship means. Some derogatory language used in context.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 253 : Maybe tomorrow by McDonald, Meme & Pryor, Boori
In this story of reconciliation and courage, Boori is determined to carry on his late brother's tradition of storytelling and performing.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 46159 : Me and my dad by Morgan, Sally & Ottley, Mathew
A son hero worships his brave father and loves spending a day at the beach with him. But, sometimes even the bravest of the brave need a helping hand. Fabulous illustrations with interesting use of perspective.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12105 : Me and my mum by Heiss, Anita & Davis, Jay (ill)
A young Koori girl and her Mum shop, eat, work and dance together. A positive look at the everyday life of a mother and daughter.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15517 : Me and Priscilla get ready by Schreiber, Aunty Deanna & Roberts, Rochelle & Luxton, Peter
A day in the life of a little girl and her sequinned snake, Priscilla.
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Image currently unavailable 58168 : Meet Poppy by Wang, Gabrielle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
It's 1864 and Poppy, an eleven year old girl, is raised in Bird Creek Mission near Echuca by the rather stern Mother Hangtree. When Poppy's brother escapes to strike it rich in the gold fields, Poppy disguises herself as a boy and sets out to find him. Along the way, she befriends and is aided by a series of characters, including an Irish bullocky, a feral dog and the feared bushranger, Harry Power.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 256 : Michael O'Loughlin (Aussie stars) by McCallum, Grant
Michael O'Loughlin takes us on a guided tour of the Sydney Swans. Interesting information about the team, the game and about Michael. Exciting pages and great sports photography increase the impact of the text.
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Image currently unavailable 14977 : Michael O'Loughlin: inside the Sydney Swans (An Indij sport report) by Hall, Tammy & others
Two students and a teacher from Doonside Technology High school interview the talented AFL player, Michael O'Loughlin, who plays for the Sydney Swans.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9318 : Mighty Murray, The by Nicholson, John
Australia's greatest river system now and then, with many stories about the people who lived on or in the Murray Valley. Includes archaeological finds, Aboriginal legends, riverboat traders and dam engineers.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9378 : Min Min, The by Kelly, Joy & Russell, Shane
The warm and humorous story of a family in an isolated community. Dad tells lots of scary stories but one night he scares himself.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 3569 : Moonstone promise by Wood, Karen
After a harsh childhood spent in foster care, Luke finally feels at home on Harry's farm, working with horses. But, when Harry dies, Luke has a bitter falling out with the people around him and takes off, leaving everything behind. Luke is searching for brumbies and finds himself camped by the river with three Aboriginal elders.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 2937 : More than gold by Heffernan, John
As thirteen year old Bosnian refugee, Raiko, trains with an Aboriginal mate, Jay, his Olympic dream quickly draws both the local doctor and soccer coach to his side.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12129 : Ms Johnstone to the rescue by King, Karla
When a dog fight threatens the playground, the other teachers are not very helpful but Ms Johnstone saves the day.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 21341 : Mum Shirl by Lau, Karen
The story of Mum Shirl, an Australian Indigenous woman, who unselfishly helped Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Includes great photographs, newspaper clippings and a biography.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 461 : My Australian Story: Who am I, the diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937 by Heiss, Anita
Mary is ten when she begins to write in her diary. She documents her life as an Aboriginal child who was taken from her natural parents and raised by a non-Aboriginal foster family. Mary doesn't fit in and starts to question why.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 60633 : My community is La Perouse by Galleguillos, Sharon
Bradley takes us on a tour of his home suburb, La Perouse. Includes great photos, maps and extra information about the local history and places of interest.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 266 : My girragundji by McDonald, Meme & Pryor, Boori Monty
A young Aboriginal boy has a secret spirit that he calls his girragundji. The girragundji protects him from tight situations.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 18584 : My home in Kakadu by Christophersen, Jane & Christophersen, Christine (ill)
Respected elder, Jane Christophesen, reveals the beauty of the changing seasons in Kakadu National Park to her granddaughter, Tarrah, as Tarrah and her family collect bush tucker, hunt and fish.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 51414 : My island home by Murray, Neil & children from Papunya & Galiwinku (ill) & Hudson Peter (ill)
Everyone who loves Australia can appreciate the beauty and diversity of our wonderful country, shown through Neil Murray's song lyrics and beautiful landscape illustrations by the school children of the Kintore and Galiwinku communities.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 269 : My place by Morgan, Sally
An autobiography of three generations of Sally Morgan's Aboriginal family that traces her search for identity.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 15513 : Nan and dad and me at the zoo by Russelly, Dylan & McDougall, Wendy (phot)
A young boy spends the day at the zoo with his father and grandmother. Photographs support the text and provide lots of additional information about Taronga Zoo and some of its inhabitants.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 6881 : Nanberry: black brother white by French, Jackie
In 1789, the new colony in Sydney is established. Nanberry is an Aboriginal boy who is raised by Surgeon John White and witnesses the struggles of the colonists to survive in the wilderness. Follow Nanberry and his white brother as they make their way in the world, as well as the young convict woman who becomes a lady in her own right.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 15355 : Nardika learns to make a spear by Fry, Chris
With his father's help, Nandika, an Aboriginal boy, learns how to make a chittabutta, a fishing spear, so he can catch his own fish.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 275 : Nearest the whiteman gets, The by Robinson, Roland
A collection of narratives retelling Aboriginal traditions are written by a non-Aboriginal poet who was made a member of Aboriginal language groups in two Australian states.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 732 : New nation 1901-1919 by Barrett, Rees
Explore the fascinating story of Australia, from its ancient Indigenous past to the present day, through the biographies of significant people. Find out how these people brought important changes to Australian society through their knowledge, actions or achievements.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 15152 : Ngay janijirr ngank - this is my word by Williams, Magdalene & Torres, Pat (ed)
Raised in Beagle Bay mission, Magdalene had been exposed to her traditional culture by her elders. Her account of the coming of the missionaries, and the resulting destruction of law and culture, is interwoven with the poetry of Nyulnyul stories.
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No book cover. 282 : Nova Peris-Kneebone (Aussie stars) by McCallum, Grant
The first Aboriginal Olympic gold medallist, Nova Peris Kneebone's rise to fame is the subject of this book.
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Image currently unavailable 5688 : Nyuntu Ninti: what you should know by Randall, Bob & Hogan, Melanie (ill)
In this beautiful, photographic book for young children, Bob Randall explains, in a simple but effective way, the Anangu people's relationship to all that is around them, and why we must learn to care for the Earth, its plants and its creatures.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9332 : Okra and Acacia: the story of the wattle pattern plate by Hathorn, Libby & Stoddart, Brigitte (ill)
A beautifully written, romantic story, weaving Aboriginal myth with ancient folklore.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 16096 : Old Tucker Man by Austin, Debbie
For many thousands of years, Kirrae Whurron men prided themselves on being able to hunt and provide game food for their families and communities. When the land was taken from them, their food source was replaced by European farming animals.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 18653 : On country: stories of Nyrlotte by Doyle, Fiona & Doyle, Lionel (ill)
A delightful story, set in Cape York, focuses on the relationship between a young Aboriginal girl, Nyrlotte, and her strong grandmother. Granny knows all the stories and can sing a cyclone away, and Nyrlotte knows she should always listen to her Granny's warnings. But listening isn't always Nyrlotte's strong point.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 112070 : Other side, The by Morgan, Sally & Culkin-Lawrence, Teresa (ill)
Alex has a really embarrassing, tree-hugging grandfather that he does not want to be filmed next to by the national news crew. But Alex can learn a lot from Gramps about the rabbit proof fence and from his special friends in the Australian bush.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 8382 : Our Aunty Sharon by Prior, Chasity & Karen Briggs (ill)
Popular Sharon is one deadly relative, a proud and gregarious Aunty to all the mob.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 7296 : Our pet pelican by Mook, Carol & Mooka, Laura (ill)
An adventure story about a family getting a new pet but there are hidden dangers. Based on an event that really happened during Carol and Laura's childhood in the Torres Strait Island community on Prince of Wales Island, near Thursday Island.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15511 : Our rooster, Jack by Dodd-Farrawell, Kathryn & Russell, Jason
The children tease Jack, the pet rooster, and complain about the way he chases and pecks them until the day Jack is no longer with them. A childhood recollection of an indigenous family.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 13703 : Our world: Bardi Jaawi life at Ardiyooloon by One Arm Point Remote Community School
This book provides a rare glimpse into the lives of the children of a remote Indigenous community, 200km north of Broome, Western Australia. They carry on the culture of the Bardi Jaawi people as they build fish traps, make spears and boomerangs, hunt crabs, turtles and dugong, learn traditional dances and share traditional stories.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9802 : Outback, The by Porter, Annalies & Bancroft, Bronwyn
An illustrated poem evoking the Australian landscape, its animals and its indigenous people. The connection between the people and the land is made with sensitivity through the language and the art.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9226 : Papunya School book of country and history by Wheatley, Nadia & staff & students of Papunya School
A unique and fascinating account, from an Indigenous perspective, of the history of Western Desert communities.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 18494 : Patrick Johnson (Aussie stars) by McCallum, Grant
A brief biography on Patrick Johnson's childhood and sprinting career.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 64414 : Patterns of Australia by Bancroft, Bronwyn
The illustrations are patterns from ten different landscapes, with a description highlighting some key features. Children can try to find certain objects within each vibrant, indigenous artwork.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 15453 : Pet crabs by Simon, Leslie A & Davis, J
An 'old Koori lad' tricks some 'gungies' (police) about his seafood hunting practices, highlighting laws about Native Title Fishing rights.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 310 : Pheasant and Kingfisher by Berndt, Catherine & Meeks, Arone Raymond (ill)
Beautifully illustrated, by an Aboriginal artist from Cairns, the retelling of how creatures came into the world during the Dreamtime. The author, an anthropologist, lived among the Aborigines in the north of Australia for many years.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 312 : Pigs and honey by Adams, Jeanie
An account of an Aboriginal family on a weekend outing.
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No book cover. 313 : Pilawuk: when I was young by Brian, Janeen
Pilawuk explains that she was one of the Stolen Generation, and describes her life growing up with non-Aboriginal families and her search for her surviving relatives.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 19091 : Playground by Wheatley, Nadia (ed) & Searle, Ken (ill)
Read the true stories about the childhood of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, compiled from memoirs and oral histories. Find out about getting bush tucker, going fishing, taking part in ceremony, playing games and having fun. The warmth of home, the love of family and the strength of community shine through every story. Eighty Elders, both past and present, have contributed their words or artwork.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 2021 : Possum and wattle: my big book of Australian words by Bancroft, Bronwyn
This book explores the natural, rich landscape of Australia through Bundjalung woman's eyes. The Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal words are printed alongside each vibrant image of flora and fauna. A glossary of Indigenous words such as willy-willy, that are now part of everyday use, are included.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9773 : Postcards by Hall, Beth & Lau, Karen
Lucy's parents drag her off around Australia to learn about Indigenous Australian culture. She sends lots of letters back home to her friend, Jess. Just as well Jess kept them and put them in this book because they are full of interesting stories and information about various places from Fraser Island to Karratha, and from Darwin to Ceduna.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 14976 : Preston Campbell edition, The (An Indij sport report) by Campbell, Preston & McDougall, Wendy (ill)
An insight into the life and family of Preston Campbell, a talented player with the Penrith Panthers rugby league team. Exciting layout contributes to the impact of the text and makes information more accessible.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 3547 : Quinkin mountain by Trezise, Percy
A contemporary Dreaming story about the spirit world. The friendliest Quinkins are tall, thin Timaras. They protect children in danger, especially when they are in danger from the mean Timaras, the bouncing Imjins.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 3572 : Rainbow serpent by Roughsey, Dick
In the Dreamtime, there were no animals, birds, trees, hills or mountains. When the great Rainbow Serpent stirred and set off to look for his tribe, he changed the shape of the country and the lives of the people.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 2324 : Raps 4 big fullas by Ross, Monkey Mark
Raps and chants that are written by Indigenous Australians and use Aboriginal English will appeal to Aboriginal children.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 71498 : Raps 4 little fullas by Ross, Monkey Mark
Raps and chants of appeal to Aboriginal children, written by Indigenous Australians.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 7708 : Reconciliation in schools by Chaney AO, The Honourable Fred (pres) & Marika, Dr (pres)
Find out about the people, the events, organisations and activities that are working towards reconciliation all around Australia. The book is presented by an Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian, each of whom has a special association with the topic.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 33999 : Reconciliation in society by Dodson, Professor Mick (pres) & Stanley, Professor Fiona (pres)
Find out about the people, the events, organisations and activities that are working towards reconciliation all around Australia. The book is presented by an Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian, each of whom has a special association with the topic.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 6141 : Reconciliation in sports by O'Loughlin, Michael (pres) & Thorpe, Ian (pres)
Find out about the people, the events, organisations and activities that are working towards reconciliation all around Australia. The book is presented by an Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian, each of whom has a special association with the topic.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 25317 : Reconciliation in the arts by Fanning, Bernard (pres) & Purcell, Leah (pres)
Find out about the people, the events, organisations and activities that are working towards reconciliation all around Australia. The book is presented by an Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian, each of whom has a special association with the Arts.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 24668 : Reconciliation in the environment and health by Mackean, Dr Tamara (pres) & Nossal, Sir Gustav (pres)
Find out about the people, the events, organisations and activities that are working towards reconciliation all around Australia. The book is presented by an Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian, each of whom has a special association with the topic.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5014 : Reconciliation journey, The by Huggins, Dr Jackie (pres) & Sanderson AC, Lt Gen John (pres)
Find out about the people, the events, organisations and activities that are working towards reconciliation all around Australia. The book is presented by an Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian, each of whom has a special association with the topic.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 1250 : Remembering Lionsville by Bancroft, Bronwyn
We are taken back to the family home built by the author's grandfather generations ago and still lived in now by the family. The growing and preserving of food, communications with others, the way of life all beautifully and simply described with magnificent illustrations combining Aboriginal and western techniques.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 20788 : Road to Goonong by Cox, David
The road to Goonong was just a pair of wheel tracks, packed down by buggies and drays that had travelled that way. Our farm, Goonong, was at the end of the road. We had beef and dairy cattle, and plenty of room to play and ride horses. It was a time when timber-cutters felled big ironbarks and blacksmiths' hammers rang out from the forge. The skies were always blue and rain was scarce.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 52315 : Rotters and squatters: 1820-1850 by French, Jackie & Sheehan, Peter (ill)
Colonial Australia from 1820 to 1850 as you have never imagined it. The true story of cannibal convicts, murdering squatters, sea captains who press-ganged, that is kidnapped, their crew and poor farmers forced off their land. A story of trying to survive and build a new nation in a land that had been the sole domain of its indigenous people.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 92201 : Rugby league reads magazine: 2013 Issue 1 by Hirsch, Suzan & McDonald, Dr Lorraine (ed)
Jam-packed with information on all your favourite Rugby League teams and players including profiles, instructions, information, stories of interest, articles and opinion pieces, short stories, book reviews, discussions, exclusive interviews and good tips, plus poetry and recipes.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 58600 : Rugby league reads magazine: 2013 Issue 2 by Hirsch, Suzan & McDonald, Dr Lorraine (ed)
Jam-packed with information on all your favourite Rugby League teams and players including profiles, instructions, information, stories of interest, articles and opinion pieces, short stories, book reviews, discussions, exclusive interviews and good tips, plus poetry and recipes.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 40723 : Rugby league reads magazine: 2013 Issue 3 by Hirsch, Suzan & McDonald, Dr Lorraine (ed)
Jam-packed with information on all your favourite Rugby League teams and players including profiles, instructions, information, stories of interest, articles and opinion pieces, short stories, book reviews, discussions, exclusive interviews and good tips, plus poetry and recipes.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 68968 : Rugby league reads magazine: 2014 Issue 1 by Hirsch, Suzan & McDonald, Dr Lorraine (ed)
Jam-packed with information on all your favourite Rugby League teams and players including profiles, instructions, information, stories of interest, articles and opinion pieces, short stories, book reviews, discussions, exclusive interviews and good tips, plus poetry and recipes.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 12572 : Rugby league reads magazine: 2014 Issue 2 by Hirsch, Suzan & McDonald, Dr Lorraine (ed)
Jam-packed with information on all your favourite Rugby League teams and players including profiles, instructions, information, stories of interest, articles and opinion pieces, short stories, book reviews, discussions, exclusive interviews and good tips, plus poetry and recipes.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 58595 : Rugby league reads magazine: 2014 Issue 3 by Hirsch, Suzan & McDonald, Dr Lorraine (ed)
Jam-packed with information on all your favourite Rugby League teams and players including profiles, instructions, information, stories of interest, articles and opinion pieces, short stories, book reviews, discussions, exclusive interviews and good tips, plus poetry and recipes.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 6509 : Sally's story by Morgan, Sally
The first part of Sally Morgan's My Place, presented as Sally's story of her school days, her family, growing up, going to university and trying to discover her place.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 19198 : Sam's bush journey by Morgan, Sally & Kwaymullina, Ezekiel & Bancroft, Bronwyn (ill)
Sam is a city boy who doesn't much care about the wonders of the bush. The shrubs are scratchy and the mosquitoes bite. Sam thinks he wouldn't care if the bush disappeared.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 27361 : Sam, Grace and the shipwreck by Gillespie, Michelle & Martinez, Sonia (ill)
Sixteen year old Grace Bussell was hailed a hero for her part in saving fifty passengers and crew from drowning, when the SS Georgette was wrecked off the coast of Western Australia in 1876. But, the rescue would never have been possible without the guidance and leadership of Sam Isaacs, an Aboriginal stockman.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 22696 : Scaly-tailed possum and echidna by Goonack, C & Goonack, K (ill) & Goonack, M (ill) & Goonack, M (ill)
This vividly illustrated book features two iconic Australian animals, the scaly-tailed possum, found only in a remote part of the Kimberley, and one of Australia's most unusual mammals, the echidna. A traditional Dreamtime story.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 25788 : Sea creatures by Mahoney, Melanie (ed) & Madden, Bec (ed)
Through beautiful photographs and interesting facts, find out about many of the interesting, beautiful and scary sea creatures that we might encounter in Australian seas. Discover what makes them unique and how they live.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12467 : Shack that dad built, The by Russell, Elaine
Elaine Russell's dad built the family shack just outside the Aboriginal mission at La Perouse in Sydney. The life of an indigenous kid on the urban fringes with memories from happy ones like hunting for bush tucker to her saddest Christmas ever.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 349 : Shadows of time by Wrightson, Patricia
An orphaned girl and an outcast Aboriginal boy become involved in a spiritual journey at the time of European settlement in Australia.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 96461 : Shake a leg by Pryor, Boori Monty & Ormerod, Jan
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 in for a surprise, learning about aboriginal culture in a light-hearted and humorous manner with eye-catching graphic novel style illustrations.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 98108 : Shipwreck, sailors & 60,000 years: 1770 and all that happened before then by French, Jackie & Sheehan, Peter (ill)
The Indigenous people of Australia lived here for tens of thousands of years, surviving an ice age and ancient global warming. They saw oceans sink and rise and watched mega-beasts disappear. Theirs is the oldest civilisation in the world. Along came the Dutch, the Portuguese and then the British and things were never the same again.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 356 : Side by side by Tucker, Alan
Investigates the relationship between Aboriginal people, British colonists and European missionaries.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 16938 : Snake and the boy, The by Sebastian, Azmen
As children play football in a country schoolyard, a boy takes to the bars in the playground, only to have a cunning green tree snake slither in and steal his apple.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 1277 : Solid rock: sacred ground by Howard, Shane & Mutijulu, Kaltukatjara and Imanpu children (ill) & Hudson, Peter (ill)
This song was one of the first songs of its type to touch on the subject of Aboriginal rights in Australia. Beautiful illustrations by the school children from Mutujulu, near Uluru, Australia.
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No book cover. 20417 : Staircase to the moon by Houston, Bronwyn
A young girl has a yearning to get to the moon. One night, she and her grandfather sneak away from home in a bid to climb the staircase to the moon. The pair brave blood-thirsty mosquitoes, dive-bombing fruit bats, boab trees that loom like giants and sinking mangrove mud before making it to the foot of the staircase.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 85740 : Stolen girl by Saffioti, Trina & MacDonald, Norma
When a young girl is taken from all that she knows and loves, she dreams of how she will return to the life she had to leave behind. The book follows one girl who was taken from her home and placed in a children's home. Australian Government policy at the time removed one hundred thousand Aboriginal children who are known as the Stolen Generation.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 7920 : Stopwatch: the land of Dragonay by Morgan, Sally & Kwaymullina, Ambelin, Blade & Ezekiel
No sooner had Tom come back from his last mission, than Grandpa sends him on the next. Grandpa has discovered a dragon egg about to hatch. Tom, Bilby and Mother Bird, head to Dragonay, taking the egg with them but the residents of Dragonay don't trust humans and all the dragons have disappeared.
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Image currently unavailable 4342 : Stopwatch: the land of Kur by Morgan, Sally & Kwaymullina, Ambelin, Blade & Ezekiel
A stopwatch has sixty thin black lines, each marking off the seconds in a minute. But in grandfathers' stopwatch they are also gateways to different worlds. Tom just can't wait to borrow it. He soon finds himself sucked into a very different world indeed, a world of monsters and warfare.
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Image currently unavailable 30963 : Stopwatch: the land of Leevan by Morgan, Sally & Kwaymullina, Ambelin, Blade & Ezekiel
Tom and Bilby soon discover that although Leevan seems like a fun-filled land, this world is in danger after someone poisoned the creeks and rivers.
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Image currently unavailable 44248 : Stopwatch: the land of Mirthful by Morgan, Sally & Kwaymullina, Ambelin, Blade & Ezekiel
At his grandfather's request, Tom and Bilby, are sent to save the Land of Mirthful. Tom is welcomed by the grumpy Queen Mavis, who threatens anyone who laughs with the punishment of death. But she is not the rightful ruler of the Land of Mirthful and without a proper queen their world as they know it is doomed.
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Image currently unavailable 120065 : Stories from the billabong by Marshall, James Vance
Ten Aboriginal dreaming stories of the Yorta-Yorta people, with beautiful illustrations and information about the animals.
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No book cover. 387 : Story of crow: a Nyul Nyul story, The by Torres, Pat (storyteller)
A traditional Aboriginal story about why crows are black and emus can't fly, written in Nyulnyul and in English.
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Image currently unavailable 389 : Stradbroke dreamtime by Nunukul, Oodgeroo (Walker, Kath)
The two halves of this book combine to bring together a collection of Dreaming stories and stories reminiscent of the author's childhood on Stradbroke Island.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 30015 : Taj and the great camel trek by Hawke, Rosanne
Taj and his camel are on the adventure of a lifetime. They join explorer Ernest Giles to cross the Australian desert, where they encounter wild dogs, poisonous snakes, Aborigines and a constant shortage of water. Taj also learns the hard reality of travelling with animals.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 404 : Taronga by Kelleher, Victor
Ben comes upon Taronga Zoo which seems unaffected by a nuclear holocaust, or is it? Ben and his Aboriginal friend, Ellie, are aware that decisions they make may have huge implications for the future.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15368 : Tell me why by Templeton, Robyn & Jackson, Sarah
When Sarah was seven years old, she asked her grandmother a very important question. This is the story of that question and the answer.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 4763 : Ten scared fish by Moriarty, Ros & Balarinji (ill)
A counting book. Follow the river to the sea and meet and count the animals. Find out what ten little fish meet.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15537 : They took the children by Hollinsworth, David
In the past, thousands of Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their parents as part of Australian government policies over many decades. Families and communities were fractured and torn apart by those policies.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 410 : This is still rainbow snake country by Berndt, Catherine & Meeks,Raymond
Aboriginal Dreaming stories.
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Image currently unavailable 416 : Tjarany / Roughtail by Greene, Gracie (storyteller)
The Dreaming stories are told in this book in Kukatja and English, including a Kukatja word list and English translations.
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No book cover. 27695 : Tom Tom by Sullivan, Rosemary & Huxley, Dee (ill)
A contemporary story of a young boy living an idyllic life in the Northern Territory's Top End. It follows his day as he interacts with his extended family and attends the local preschool.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 420 : Too many Captain Cooks by Tucker, Alan
A picture book that shows the history of early Aboriginal and European encounters along the Australian coastline.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 3219 : Took the children away by Roach, Archie & Hunter, Ruby (ill) & Hudson, Peter (ill)
From the lyrics of this iconic song a very special book has been created. Featuring the heart wrenching lyrics of Archie Roach and the classic artwork of his late wife Ruby Hunter, this book describes the anguish suffered by the Stolen Generation.
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No book cover. 421 : Troy Cassar-Daley (Aussie stars) by McCallum, Grant
One of Australia's leading singers and songwriters, Troy Cassar-Daley began his career when he was only thirteen years old.
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No book cover. 426 : Tucker by Abdulla, Ian
Telling the story of his childhood spent living along the Murray River, Ian Abdulla's pictures speak of fishing and hunting with his Aboriginal brothers in the 1950s.
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Image currently unavailable 429 : Two hands together by Kidd, Diana
Cultural and racist issues are explored in this story about a girl who befriends an Aboriginal family, who live next door.
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No book cover. 12388 : Two wallabies, The by Jakamarra, Henry Cook (Aboriginal storyteller) & Nicolls, Christine (ed.)
A Dreaming narrative from the Aboriginal people of Australia's far north. After a flood carries away his first friend, the wallaby finds another companion. They criss-cross the country bringing many places and plants into being.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 75788 : Two-hearted numbat, The by Kwaymullina, Ezekiel & Ambelin
Numbat has two hearts, one of stone and one 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, Numbat must choose which one to keep.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 65692 : Uluru by Park, Louise
Beautiful photographs, maps and diagrams show you Uluru. Includes extra geographical and cultural information.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 3745 : Vullah Vunnah Nah: a Gunditjmara lullaby by Clarke, Patricia
This ancient song is presented for the first time as a beautiful book for children, includes a CD to song along with.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12337 : Walking with the seasons in Kakadu by Lucas, Diane & Searle, Ken
This book introduces children to the birds, plants and animals that live in Kakadu. It also features the Gundjeihmi-speaking aborigines of the region and the six aboriginal seasons.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 443 : Wanamurraganya: the story of Jack McPhee by Morgan, Sally
The story of Jack McPee, an itinerant station and mine worker, from the Pilbara region of Australia.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 445 : Wandering girl by Ward, Glenyse
Glenyse, an aboriginal Australian, is forcibly taken from her parents and raised in a strict Catholic institution. At seventeen, she's sent to work as a domestic on a rich, West Australian farm where she's treated very harshly. Housed in a dirty garage, fed inferior food after cooking sumptuous meals for the family to eat in their luxurious dining room, given unfamiliar tasks with no instruction, Glenyse is debased and humiliated.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 15512 : Wanja: one smart dog by Stacey, Barbara & Hill, Adam (ill)
Aunty Barb is impressed with the cleverness of Wanja, a streetwise pet dog living in the inner city of Sydney.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 87229 : Warnayarra the rainbow snake by Lofts, Pamela (comp) & Lajamanu School (teller)
One of a series of Aboriginal stories about animals and birds. Describes the power of the Warnayarra in unleashing a tremendous thunderstorm.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 452 : Whalers, The by Mumbulla, Percy & Robinson, Roland E. & Bancroft, Bronwyn (ill)
Stepping between Aboriginal Dreaming stories and the Australian yarn, the story of the Whalers reflects the ideas and practice of reconciliation showing the relationship between the orcas and the Aboriginal whalers of Twofold Bay.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 120131 : What I wanna be by Prior, Chasity & others & McKenzie, Peter (ill)
Aunty Sharon, Aunty Kelli and Uncle Phil decided to find out what their kids wanted to be when they grew up and they wrote about it.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 49734 : What is bush food by Hall, Beth
Find out what bush food is, how it is cooked and who eats it. Includes beautiful photographs and extra information.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12197 : What we count then and now by Empacher, Helen & others
A simple counting book in which the pictures compare related everyday, useful objects used in Australia before 1788 and their modern counterparts.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9421 : When I was little, like you by Malbunka, Mary
A precious recount of growing up in the early days of the Papunya settlement in central Australia. The author tells about going bush with her family and learning about her culture and way of life.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12251 : When the snake bites the sun by Lofts, Pamela (comp) & Mowaljarlai, David (teller)
Based on a story told by David Mowaljarlai of the Ngarinyin tribe. One of a series of Aboriginal stories about animals and birds.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 46942 : Why I love Australia by Bancroft, Bronwyn
In a similar vein to Dorothea Mackellar's My Country. Stunning images and words showcase the awe-inspiring beauty of the Australian continent.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 4561 : World War II and post-war recovery 1939-1949 by Barrett, Rees
Explore the fascinating story of Australia, from its ancient Indigenous past to the present day, through the biographies of significant people. Find out how these people brought important changes to Australian society through their knowledge, actions or achievements.
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Image currently unavailable 12940 : Yellow-eye by Spillman, David & Wilson, Mark (ill)
The Yellow-eye fish are becoming scarce. Neither the Impatjara Aboriginal community nor the Newmob white community can find the answer alone. Through communication, both cultures approach the problem together.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 477 : Yinti: desert child by Lowe, Pat & Pike, Jimmy (ill)
Yinti, an Aboriginal child, growing up in the Western Australian desert, has no contact with white people until the last chapter of the book.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 84304 : You and me: our place by Norrington, Leonie & Huxley, Dee (ill)
Uncle Tobias is the fisherman Elder of an Aboriginal family. The story follows a typical day on the beach for the mob, collecting bush tucker and celebrating with family. Uncle Tobias tells stories of the original use of the Land, and remains almost oblivious to the many changes that the coming of Europeans made to this beach locale.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 478 : You kids, count your shadows: hairymen and other Aboriginal folklore in New South Wales by Povah, Frank
A collection of stories, taken from interviews, which gives an insight into the knowledge and ancient beliefs of the Aboriginal people in NSW.
5-6 booklist