It's no surprise, we love books at Creative Write-it! Books are a great way to learn about the world. For kids, they provide a chance to see, hear, and feel the experiences of other people, helping them to develop empathy and understanding.
We are often asked by parents for book recommendations, so as part of our NAIDOC Week celebrations we thought we'd suggest some awesome books created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the original storytellers of this land.
If you know any young people who are looking for books to read this summer, check out the links below!
Welcome to Country
by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy
Aunty Joy Murphy is a most respected 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. Aboriginal communities across Australia have boundaries that are defined by mountain ranges and waterways. Traditionally, to cross these boundaries or enter community country you needed permission from the neighbouring community. When this permission was granted the ceremony now called Welcome to Country took place. Each community had its own way of welcoming to country, and they still do today.
Junior & Middle Grade Readers
by Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler
Black Cockatoo is a vignette that follows Mia, a young Aboriginal girl as she explores the fragile connections of family and culture. Mia is a 13-year-old girl from a remote community in the Kimberley. She is saddened by the loss of her brother as he distances himself from the family. She feels powerless to change the things she sees around her, until one day she rescues her totem animal, the dirran black cockatoo, and soon discovers her own inner strength.
A wonderful small tale on the power of standing up for yourself, culture and ever-present family ties.
Teens & Older Readers
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia
edited by Anita Heiss
What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia?
This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, attempts to showcase as many diverse voices, experiences and stories as possible in order to answer that question. Each account reveals, to some degree, the impacts of invasion and colonisation - on language, on country, on ways of life, and on how people are treated daily in the community, the education system, the workplace and friendship groups.
Do you have a favourite book by an Indigenous author? Let us know in the comments below, so we can add it to our reading lists!
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