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
Welcome to Country (Children)
This is an expansive and generous Welcome to Country from a most respected Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy, beautifully given form by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy.
Welcome to the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People. We are part of this land and the land is part of us. This is where we come from. Wominjeka Wurundjeri balluk yearmenn koondee bik. Welcome to Country. Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy is a most respected senior Wurundjeri elder of the Kulin alliance. This is a very accessible welcome that introduces and gives meaning and explanation within the text to the customs and symbols of Indigenous Australia.
Young Dark Emu
The highly-anticipated junior version of Bruce Pascoe’s multi award-winning book.
Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived — a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu — A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation.
Author: Bruce Pascoe
For thousands and thousands of years, Aboriginal people lived in the land we call Australia.
The land was where people built their homes, played in the sun, and sat together to tell stories.When the white people came, they called the land Terra Nullius. They said it was nobody’s land. But it was somebody’s land.Somebody’s Land is an invitation to connect with First Nations culture, to acknowledge the hurt of the past, and to join together as one community with a precious shared history as old as time.
Author: Adam Goodes
When we share, there is plenty for all.
A tender, thoughtful story with a gentle reminder of all the ways sharing makes us stronger.
Author: Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson, Leanne Mulgo Watson (Illustrator)
A tender, thoughtful story reminding us to respect others and respect ourselves.
Part of the Our Place series which welcomes children to culture.
Author: Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson, Lisa Kennedy (Illustrator)
Our Home, Our Heartbeat
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 culture on earth.
Author: Adam Briggs, Kate Moon (Illustrator), Rachael Sarra (Illustrator)
My Story, Ngaginybe Jarragbe
My mother shows me how to get bushtucker and she shows me how to paint. Now I’m a famous artist. My paintings are all over the world hanging in important places. Happy times.
Told in English and Gija, this is the story of Shirley Purdie, famous Gija artist, as told through her paintings, as part of the Ngaalim-Ngalimboorro Ngagenybe exhibition created for the 2018 National Portrait Gallery exhibition So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history.
Author: Shirley Purdie
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)
Heroes, Rebels and Innovators
Be inspired and amazed by these incredible First Nations icons!
Powerful and exciting: here are seven inspiring stories about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from history. Each colourful spread in this illustrated book tells a compelling story.
Author: Karen Wyld, Jaelyn Biumaiwai (Illustrator)
Freedom Day: Vincent Lingiari and the Story of the Wave Hill Walk-Off
When many voices are joined together, with courage, change can happen.
In 1966, more than two hundred courageous First Nations people walked off the Wave Hill Cattle Station in the Northern Territory. Led by Vincent Lingiari, these stockmen and their families were walking together to fight for equal pay and land rights.
Author: Thomas Mayor, Rosie Smiler, Samantha Campbell (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
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)