Thank You Rain!
Thank you rain! is a joyful read, and is full of the plants and animals that welcome rain.
Raindrops in the treetops; birds singing in the rain; raindrops wetting the dry earth and filling creek beds; birds, frogs and kangaroos all enjoying the rain and finishing with Johnny dancing with happiness!
Sally Morgan’s beautiful words and Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr’s sensitive artwork combine to give this distinctive children’s picture book global appeal. Johnny infuses his illustrations with his fine-art aesthetic and traditional motifs to bring each page to vivid life.
Author: Sally Morgan
Ages: 4+ years old.
This universal story from Sally Morgan is a beautifully illustrated celebration of the life of the river. The River takes young readers on a journey of what their eyes can see and their ears can hear. See green ants crawling, hear frogs croaking, a goanna running, a fish splashing…
Sally Morgan’s beautiful words and Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr’s sensitive artwork combine to make this a unique, distinctive children’s picture book with global appeal. Johnny infuses his illustrations with his fine-art aesthetic and his traditional motifs to bring each page to vivid life.
Author: Sally Morgan
Number of Pages: 32
Age range: 0 – 3
The Heartbeat of the Land
Cathy Freeman has always been an inspiration to young people. Here, she does it again, through storytelling – just as her people have done, for sixty thousand years before.
Cathy ran barefoot every day across the great ancient land, as her people had done for sixty thousand years before. And when she ran, she could hear the heartbeat of the land. Ba Boom Ba Boom Ba Boom…
Then one day, Cathy hears a cry. She answers this cry and, with one small step at a time, the seeds of change are planted.
Listen, and you too, will hear the Heartbeat of the Land.
Author: Cathy Freeman
The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert
The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert is the remarkable account of the life of Mana, a young Walmajarri girl and her family in the desert country of north-west Australia.
A collection of accessible stories that elucidate the rich cultural lives of pre-contact Aboriginal Australians, this book is a valuable resource for educators and young readers, and is accompanied by beautiful black and white illustrations.
Author: Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe, Mervyn Street (Illustrator
Stories for Simon
A beautiful story of acknowledging the past and working together for a brighter future.
When Simon unwraps a beautiful boomerang wrapped in an old newspaper, he learns of the national apology to the Stolen Generations. Who were the Stolen Generations and how can saying ‘sorry’ help? Through a new friendship and a magnificent collection of stories, Simon gains a deep appreciation of the past and a positive vision for the future.
Author: Lisa Miranda Sarzin, Lauren Briggs (Illustrator)
One morning, when Cheeky is far from home, he shows off his clever tricks in front of a hungry snake and becomes swept up in a heart-stopping and very risky adventure
Spinifex Mouse is the heartwarming tale of Cheeky, a spinifex hopping mouse, who lives in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Cheeky is an adventurous little mouse who loves to leap high into the air and practice acrobatic tricks. Every morning, when his family have returned to their burrow to sleep after a night’s foraging, Cheeky sneaks out again to look for more food and practice his flips. Each day, he ventures a little further from the burrow.
Author: Norma MacDonald
Mad Magpie tells the story of Guluu, an angry magpie who is being teased by a gang of butcher birds.
The more he is teased, the angrier he becomes. When Guluu seeks advice, his Elders tell him to stay calm like the river, ignore the butcher birds and to be strong on the inside. Guluu tries this, but the cheeky birds just laugh at him. One day, when Guluu is at the river looking for worms, the butcher birds arrive and steal his food. He remembers the words of his Elders and he tries again – and this time Guluu has a different outcome.
Author: Greg Dreise
Little Birds Day
A simple, universal story of a day in the life of Little Bird as she sings the world alive
Sally Morgan’s beautiful words and Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr’s sensitive artwork combine to make this a beautiful, distinctive publication with global appeal. Johnny infuses his illustrations with his fine-art aesthetic, his traditional motifs and a quirky sense of humour.
Author: Sally Morgan, Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr (Illustrator)
This gentle story set in the rugged Australian bush is about a small calf who becomes separated from his family.
The little calf is alone and simply wants his mother, sisters and brothers. He can see other animals, and after running to the river, manages to ask some horses if they are his family. The calf’s family have been taken away in the back of a noisy truck. So begins the little calf’s journey to find his family.
Author: Bruce Pascoe, Charmaine Ledden-Lewis (Illustrator)
Family, Heart and home, Yarning old people, Endless sky
Family is a thoughtful contemplation for all to learn the different ways that family makes us whole. This beautifully illustrated children’s picture book shows everyone that ‘family’ can be about heart and home; an endless sky; stories and songs. It ‘learns’ us how to be with each other and with Country. Families come in all shapes and sizes, and this remarkably simple story teaches us all, that family can be many things.
Author: Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson, Jasmine Seymour (Illustrator)
Remember – beauty comes from within…
Way back, before once-upon-a-time, there was the Dreamtime when all the birds were white. One of those white birds was a crow called Waan. One day a big storm came through and a magnificent rainbow appeared. When the birds passed through the rainbow, one by one, their feathers took on its beautiful colours. Waan flew through the rainbow too and his feathers became a beautiful red and orange. But Waan was jealous of the other birds. He wanted to be more beautifully coloured than anyone. So Waan hatched a cunning plan.
Author: Gregg Dreise
Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines
Cooee Mittigar, meaning Come Here Friend, is an invitation to yana (walk), on Darug Country.
Greeted by Mulgo, the black swan, readers are welcomed to Nura. Journeying through the seasons, Mulgo describes the land, skyscape, birds, animals and totems. It is a gentle guide to how Darug people read the seasons, knowing when it is time to hunt and time to rest. It is also an appeal to remember, off ering new ways of seeing and reading the lands of the surrounding Sydney region.
Author: Jasmine Seymour, Leanne Mulgo Watson (Illustrator)
Big Fella Rain
Big Fella Rain is a celebration of northern Australia as animals, birds, trees and a parched earth await the first rain.
Fern Martins illustrations seamlessly portray the dramatic skies, the thirsty animals and tiny creatures whose very existence rely on the monsoonal changes. Her exquisite rendering of the big landscape against the subtle shifts in the environment have a timeless quality that will capture the hearts of all readers.
Author: Beryl Webber, Fern Martins (Illustrator)
A powerful story of suspense lovingly told by a great-grandfather to his great-grandson.
Great-Grandpa is a masterful storyteller and, as the tale unfolds, he finally reveals his brother is the moon — a wonder of the universe. Hippy-Boy learns how his greatgrandfather uses the phases of the moon when he goes hunting and fishing, and why it is important for us all to have an understanding of the natural world.
Author: Maree McCarthy Yoelu, Samantha Fry (Illustrator)
A charming morality tale that reminds us to be humble about our successes.
Way back, before once-upon-a-time time, there was the Dreamtime, and during this period lived a very confident emu called Dinewah. He was tall, fast and colourful. Most animals thought he was a show-off, but he was too busy talking about himself to take any notice…
Author: Gregg Dreise
Alfred’s War is a powerful story that unmasks the lack of recognition given to First Nations servicemen who returned from the WWI battlelines.
Alfred was a forgotten soldier. Although he had fought bravely in the Great War, as a First Nations man he wasn’t classed as a citizen of his own country. Yet Alfred always remembered his friends in the trenches and the mateship they had shared. Sometimes he could still hear the never-ending gunfire in his head and the whispers of diggers praying. Every year on ANZAC Day, Alfred walked to the nearest town, where he would quietly stand behind the people gathered and pay homage to his fallen mates.
Author: Rachel Bin Salleh, Samantha Fry