"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.Aboriginal communities across Australia have boundaries thatare defined by mountain ranges and waterways.To cross these boundaries or enter community country youneed permission from the neighbouring community. Eachcommunity has its own way of welcoming to country."Written by Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Joy Murphy and illustratedby Trawlwoolway Artist Lisa Kennedy.
When Bartja's best friend Mayila plans to leave the forest they live in to visit the ocean, Bartja wants to find her the perfect parting gift. With some advice from Uncle Ambrose and the forest animals, Bartja creates a gift that Mayila will treasure. Bartja and Mayila written by Sue Atkinson (Yorta Yorta) and illustrated by Annette Sax (Taungurung). This is the first book in the YSS series, giving young children insight into Indigenous Victorian culture. The "Yarn Strong Sista" series is supported by background notes and ideas for related activities.
Yurri needed a warm place to sleep when winter came to the Barmah forest, her friends had no room for her in their homes in the trees, bushes, burrows and caves of the forest. With the help of Uncle Ambrose a Yorta Yorta Elder they make her a home of her own. Yurri's Manung written by Sue Atkinson (Yorta Yorta) and illustrated by Annette Sax (Taungurung). This is the second book in the YSS series, giving insight into Indigenous Victorian culture. The "Yarn Strong Sista" series is supported by background notes and ideas for related activities.
Tonight would be a very special night for Yurri, it is her birthday. At midnight each of Yurri's friends arrive with a basket. Inside each basket is a gift for Yurri. Each illustrated basket has been made by women who live in Victoria and are passionate about the revival of basket coiling! Yurri's Birthday written by Sue Atkinson (Yorta Yorta) and illustrated by Annette Sax (Taungurung). This is the third book in the YSS series, giving young children insight into Indigenous Victorian culture. The "Yarn Strong Sista" series is supported by background notes and ideas for related activities.
Bartja and Mayila, Yurri's Manung and Yurri's Birthday are beautifully illustrated Aboriginal children's stories set in the Barmah forest. Language revival is central to these books, written by Sue Atkinson. The books give children and adults an insight into Victorian Indigenous culture and language. Annette Sax has used natural and recycled materials to illustrate the images depicted in this series.
EYLF Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.Children become socially responsible and show respect forthe environment.
Bartja and Mayila, Yurri's Manung and Yurri's Birthday. Author Sue Atkinson (Yorta Yorta). Recorded by Aunty Zeta Thomson a Yorta Yorta Elder.
Bronwyn HoustonIllustrated by Bronwyn HoustonBronwyn Houston makes counting from one to ten so much fun! From kookaburras to ants to dragonflies, her rich colourful illustrations are filled with texture and movement. Each single page includes numbers and words on a bright backdrop that will engage and delight both children and adults. Animals in my Garden introduces the diverse animals of Australia to toddlers in an entertaining and joyful way.
Nola Turner-JensenIllustrated by Maggie PrewettHave fun with Maggie and her family on their beach adventure. One of the first four books in a series of levelled readers.The series has been carefully designed to provide young Indigenous and non-Indigenous children with engaging, enjoyable and meaningful experiences with print that will support their reading skills and their desire to read.
Magabala BooksIllustrated by Dub LefflerIs the dolphin diving or flying? One of the first four books in a series of levelled readers. The series has been carefully designed to provide young Indigenous and non-Indigenous children with engaging, enjoyable and meaningful experiences with print that will support their reading skills and their desire to read.
Warren BrimIllustrated by Warren BrimA unique Australian ABC book featuring the artwork of celebrated Queensland artist Warren Brim. ABC Dreamingintroduces young children to the alphabet through Australian plants and animals. With beautiful artwork and an array of amazing creatures, ABC Dreaming is a perfect addition to any child's bookshelf.
Shane MorganIllustrated by Shane MorganThis little gem of a board book captures the playful antics of some of our favourite Australian animals. From a hopping kangaroo to a hilarious emu and a mischevious turtle, this rhythmical tale takes a heartwarming look at cheeky animals and how they interact with an unsuspecting human. Filled with gentle humour and complemented with bold illustrations, Cheeky Animals is one of those books that small children and adults will choose time after time.
Magabala BooksIllustrated by Dub LefflerDo crabs have claws or flippers? One of the first of four books in a series of levelled readers.The series has been carefully designed to provide young Indigenous and non-Indigenous children with engaging, enjoyable and meaningful experiences with print that will support their reading skills and their desire to read.
Paul SedenIllustrated by Paul SedenSunscreen and life jackets on, they zoom off into the creek, passing other boats and people fishing along the way. It's a good tide to be on the water and they even come across Cousin Dan throwing his net as far as he can. Crab pots set, they all wait patiently and play games as they guess what fish could be swimming under their boat. When it's finally time to check the crab pots, the adventure begins as they pull up a big, angry crab! Dad teaches the children how to handle the crabs very carefully so they don't get nipped!
Renee FogortyIllustrated by Renee FogortyThe story of Mary, a young girl who lives on a dusty cattle station. When she is shunned by the other girls because of her fair skin, Old Ned, one of the community Elders, speaks up for her. With words of wisdom, he teaches the girls that Aboriginal identity transcends skin colour and that family, community, country, and culture is what being Aboriginal is really about.
Illustrated by Joshua ButtonJoshua Button is a young Indigenous author with a keen interest in the saltwater country he has grown up in. His observations of his family's fishing trip to Crab Creek give us a unique opportunity to see this adventure through his eyes. Joshua's illustrations evoke the beauty of Crab Creek - a tidal creek that lies in the mangroves of Roebuck Bay near Broome in Australia's north west.
Tracey Holton-RamirezIllustrated by Angela RamirezThe Little Corroborree Frog gently introduces the serious plight of one of Australia's most endangered species. Jet the corroboree frog is happily taking care of the tadpole ponds when the water starts to dry up and his family's eggs are threatened. He goes to visit Grandmother Frog to find out why and she tells him about the summers that are getting hotter and the careless humans who are leaving their rubbish around. When a boy and his father arrive to go fishing in the nearby river, Jet seizes the opportunity to show them how humans are threatening the very existence of his species.
Nola Turner-JensenIllustrated by Maggie PrewettSHORTLISTED - 2013 Speech Pathology of Australia Book of the Year Awards (Indigenous Children category)Have fun with Maggie and her animal friends. One of the first four books in a series of levelled readers designed to provide young Indigenous and non-Indigenous children with engaging, enjoyable and meaningful experiences with print that will support their reading skills and their desire to read.
Titta SecombeIllustrated by Grace FieldingBased on the sometimes controversial theory of how Australian Rules Football developed from "marngrook", a ball game played by Aboriginal people in north west Victoria more than 150 years ago. The story takes place at the foot of Duwul, the highest mountain in the spectacular Grampians region of north west Victoria and the traditional country of the Djab-Wurrung and Jardwadjali clans. When Wawi notices that the children only have old toys to play with, he goes for a walk to see what he can find.
Kiefer Dann, Lucy DannIllustrated by Bronwyn HoustonLoongie is a greedy saltwater crocodile who lives among the mangroves at Walaman Creek in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia. He has no friends and no-one will come near the creek while he's around. Loongie soon learns why being greedy has its consequences.
Gregg DreiseIllustrated by Gregg DreiseMad Magpie is the third book in this successful series of morality tales from award-winning author and illustrator, Gregg Dreise. Inspired by wise sayings and the knowledge of his Elders, 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.
Gregg DreiseIllustrated by Gregg DreiseKookoo is a kind and well-loved kookaburra who is famous for entertaining the other bush creatures with his funny stories. One day Kookoo runs out of kind stories to tell, and he turns to teasing and making fun of the other animals. Refusing to listen to the sage advice of his uncle, Kookoo finds himself alone and ignored by his friends. When he listens to the sound of his own laughter, it is an unhappy sound. Finally he remembers his uncle's words "Kindness is like a boomerang - if you throw it often, it comes back often..."
Gregg DreiseIn this charming and humorous morality tale, Maliyan, a proud eagle meets a turkey, Wagun, who is a silly bird, and together these two new friends begin to do silly-bird things. The Elders and Maliyan's parents are very disappointed, warning Maliyan that it's hard to soar like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys. Maliyan sees the error of his ways and together with the other animals, works to clean up the mess wrought by too many silly birds. But some birds will always be silly.
Trina SaffiotiIllustrated by Norma MacDonaldA fictionalised account of the Stolen Generation that tells of an Aboriginal girl taken from her family by the government and sent to a children's home. She sings and dreams of her mother and the life they once shared but each morning is woken by the bell to the harsh reality of the children's home. Finally, one day she unlocks the door and takes her first step toward home.
Elizabeth Wymarra, Wandihnu WymarraIllustrated by Benjamin HodgesA contemporary story about a young girl who has grown up in the city and who is about to return to Badu Island in the Torres Strait to stay with her aka (grandmother). It is time for Wandihnu to learn about the customs of her people. The night before she leaves, Wandihnu drifts off to sleep and dreams about the journey, about her aka, and about a very special friend.
Includes: Animals Board Book, People and Places Board Book, At the Billabong Board Book and Indigenous First Discovery Teachers Guide.
By Luke Anderson, Ernie Blackmore and Ray Kennedy. The animals of the Australian bush. Pre-school/Primary level. Play included.