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30+ Australian Aboriginal Books for Children

I didn’t realize just how many different Australian Aboriginal books for children there are available until our last trip to Australia. I found so many amazing Aboriginal kids’ books in the bookshops!

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AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Learning about another culture is one of my favourite things about travelling the world – and I believe it’s important to get kids involved in other cultures as often as possible. And what better to learn about Australian Aboriginal culture than through these incredible picture books?

These are our favourite Australian Aboriginal books for children:

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Australia from Dawn to Dusk
Australia from Dawn to Dusk
Australia from Dawn to Dusk

Australia from Dawn to Dusk

I was drawn immediately to this book because of its pastel pink, yellow and purple cover colours. The illustrator of this book is an emerging artist from Sydney who makes unique line drawings showcasing the beautiful natural world of the country. Love it!

Link: Australia from Dawn to Dusk

Miimi Marraal - Mother Earth
Miimi Marraal - Mother Earth
Miimi Marraal - Mother Earth

Miimi Marraal – Mother Earth

Miimi and Jiinda is an Indigenous Australian Art and Design label founded in 2018 by mother-daughter duo Lauren Jarrett and Melissa Greenwood. Melissa made this beautiful picture book about the connection between mothers, babies and Miimi Marraal, Mother Earth.

Link: Miimi Marraal – Mother Earth

Ceremony
Ceremony
Ceremony

Ceremony

This beautifully illustrated book is a celebration of rich traditions of dance, family, culture and community, introducing First Nations history to children in a comprehensive way.

Link: Ceremony

The Art in Country

The Art in Country

Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of the Australian continent through colours, shapes, patterns and words by an Aboriginal artist and designer.

Link: The Art in Country

Back on Country
Back on Country
Back on Country

Back on Country

This is an uplifting story about the power of reconnecting to family, culture and Country (the Aboriginal word for the lands, waterways and seas to which they are connected).

Link: Back on Country

My Deadly Boots
My Deadly Boots
My Deadly Boots

My Deadly Boots

An empowering story about what it is that makes you who you are, and finding confidence within yourself – boots or no boots.

Link: My Deadly Boots

Come Together
Come Together
Come Together

Come Together

The subtitle of this book is ‘things every Aussie kid should know about the First Peoples’. Created by pop artist Isaiah Firebrace, it’s inspired by his petition to the Australian Government calling for Aboriginal history to be taught in evert classroom.

Link: Come Together

Nature All Around Us
Nature All Around Us
Nature All Around Us

Nature All Around Us

This book is part of a series board books about Australian culture. In this title, you discover the landscapes of Australia through the vibrant artwork of Aboriginal artist Kimberly Engwicht.

Link: Nature All Around Us

Sounds All Around Us
Sounds All Around Us
Sounds All Around Us

Sounds All Around Us

Discover the sounds of Australia through the incredible artwork of Aboriginal Gudanji/Wakajal artist Ryhia Dank. Ryhia grew up in a remote community in the Northern Territory and now lives in modern Australia. Her painting is storywork; Gudanji/Wakaja people tell stories through pattern and design.

Link: Sounds All Around Us

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Bush Dance
Bush Dance
Bush Dance

Bush Dance

It’s hard to miss this book because of its vibrant cover. Inside, you’ll find stories about Australian animals and the habitats in which they live. From dingos to galahs, children can watch, learn, listen and count and experience the beauty of country in this magnificent treasury.

Link: Bush Dance

Walking in Gagudju Country
Walking in Gagudju Country
Walking in Gagudju Country

Walking in Gagudju Country

The Gagudju, also known as the Kakadu, are an Aboriginal Australian people of the Northern Territory. The authors of this book share their knowledge and love of the Top End in this enchanting book about one of Australia’s most ancient and beautiful ecosystems.

Link: Walking in Gagudju Country

Big Rain Coming

Big Rain Coming

The Story: As one dry day follows another in the Australian outback, everyone and everything is waiting for the rain, which seems as though it will never come. I love the artwork in this book and how the text flows through the pages, not distracting from the colourful, stylized pages, which feature imagery from Aboriginal mythology.

Link: Big Rain Coming

Tjitji Lullaby
Tjitji Lullaby
Tjitji Lullaby

Tjitji Lullaby

‘Tjitji’ means ‘child’ in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (remote north west of South Australia) languages. The word Tjitji is also a very special lullaby, showcasing the rich and diverse animals and land of Australia, helping families transition to quiet time and bedtime.

Link: Tjitji Lullaby

Ninni Yabini
Ninni Yabini
Ninni Yabini

Ninni Yabini

I was immediately attracted to this book by the beautiful cover with stars made in watercolour and ink. In this picture book, Mother and Father swan are busy rebuilding their nest after a storm when their baby, Ninni Yabini, wanders off. Luckily, the evening star, his namesake, comes out to guide him home.

What is special, is that the book written in both Noongar (the language of Aboriginal Australian peoples who live in the south-west corner of Western Australia) and English.

Link: Ninni Yabini

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TOP AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

  1. Australia from Dawn to Dusk – Brentos
  2. The Art in Country – Bronwyn Bancroft
  3. Back on Country – Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing (Authors) & David Hardy (Illustrator)
  4. Ceremony – Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing (Authors) & David Hardy (Illustrator)
  5. Walking in Gagudju Country – Diane Lucas & Ben Tyler (Authors) & Emma Long (Illustrator)
  6. Big Rain Coming – Katrina Germein (Author) & Bronwyn Bancroft (Illustrator)
  7. Ninni Yabini – Cheryl Kickett-Tucker (Author) & Tyrown Waigana (Illustrator)
  8. Bush Dance – Sally Morgan (Author) & Ambelin Kwaymullina (Illustrator)
  9. Miimi Marraal – Mother Earth – Melissa Greenwood
  10. My Deadly Boots – Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler (Authors) & Samantha Campbell (Illustrator)
  11. Wiradjuri Country – Larry Brandy
  12. Tjitji Lullaby – Michael Ross & Zaachariaha Fielding (Authors) & Lisa Kennedy (Illustrator)
  13. Sounds All Around Us – Rhyia Dank
  14. Nature All Around Us – Kimberly Engwicht
  15. Come Together – Isaiah Firebrace (Author) & Jaelyn Biumaiwai (Illustrator)
  16. Welcome to Country – Aunty Joy Murphy (Author) & Lisa Kennedy (Illustrator)
  17. The Echidna and the Shade Tree – Mona Green (Original Story) & Pamela Lofts (Author & Illustrator)
  18. The Bat and the Crocodile – Jacko Dolumyu & Hector Jandany (Original Story) & Pamela Lofts (Author & Illustrator)
  19. Dunbi the Owl – Daisy Utemorrah (Original Story) & Pamela Lofts (Author & Illustrator)
  20. Growing up in Kakadu – Stan Breeden & Belinda Wright
  21. Bush Tracks – Ros Moriarty (Author) & Balarinji (Illustrator)
  22. Summer Rain – Ros Moriarty (Author) & Balarinji (Illustrator)
  23. Splosh for the Billabong – Ros Moriarty (Author) & Balarinji (Illustrator)
  24. Colours of Australia – Bronwyn Bancroft
  25. Why I Love Australia – Bronwyn Bancroft
  26. Shapes of Australia – Bronwyn Bancroft
  27. My Culture and Me – Gregg Dreise
  28. Little Bird’s Day – Sally Morgan (Author) & Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr (Illustrator)
  29. Noongar Boodja Waangkan – Jayden Boundry (Author) & Tyrown Waigana (Illustrator)
  30. Young Dark Emu – Bruce Pascoe
  31. Somebody’s Land: Welcome to Our Country – Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing (Authro) & David Hardy (Illustrator)
  32. Mad Magpie – Gregg Dreise
  33. Kookoo Kookaburra – Gregg Dreise
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