As NAIDOC Week celebrations begin across the country, Australians are proudly celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people.
NAIDOC Week is a wonderful opportunity for children to engage with Indigenous culture, and one of the best ways to achieve this is through reading Indigenous stories.
A great place to discover new Indigenous stories is the Copyright Agency’s Reading Australia website that lists over 300 fantastic Australian books, including more than 60 titles that were written and/or illustrated by Indigenous creators.
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• Read books told from authentic Indigenous perspectives – The best way children can learn about Indigenous culture is directly from Indigenous people. Written by the Bardi Jaawi children themselves, Our World: Bardi Jaawi Life at Ardiyooloon is a vibrant and colourful book that welcomes readers into life in a remote Indigenous community.
• Teach children about history – There are a wide range of books that explore difficult but important aspects of Australian history, such as the Stolen Generation, in a sensitive way for children. We recommend Stolen Girl by Norma MacDonald which tells the fictionalised account of an Aboriginal girl taken from her family by the government and sent to children’s home.
• Explore Dreaming stories – Dreaming stories are a crucial part of Indigenous culture and are a fun way for children to learn about the significance of Aboriginal traditions and beliefs. Classic picture books such as Dick Roughsey’s The Rainbow Serpent will spark children’s interest in these long-told stories of Indigenous culture.
• Get creative with colouring in – Help children explore Indigenous themes and native animals through Reading Australia’s colouring competition featuring a design from the much-loved children’s book The Lizard Gang.
There is no better time than NAIDOC Week to encourage children to learn more about the culture of our First Nations people.
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