Each July NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the role they play in Australia. What better reason to draw together some of our favourite Indigenous authors and illustrators who’ve produced some of our most loved picture books for young and old.
Picture books for Younger Readers
Look see, look at me! –
Look see, look at me! is beautifully illustrated by Dee Huxley, particularly in capturing movements, Leonie Norrington’s book delightfully displays the excitement and pride of a child growing up and achieving new things. Perfect as a bedtime story for little ones, or for older children reading alone too.
Too Many Cheeky Dogs – Dion Beasley & Johanna Bell
Who doesn’t know a cheeky dog? That’s the idea behind Johanna Bell’s book Too Many Cheeky Dogs, entertainingly illustrated by Dion Beasley. Perfect for younger readers and developing their literacy, teaching colours, numbers and days of the week, while following the adventures of the narrator and those cheeky dogs. As well as being a delightful book, it comes with a wonderful story of its creation, with first-time author Johanna working with Dion, an artist with multiple disabilities. Find out about their tale on the Too Many Cheeky Dogs website.
Picture books for Older Readers:
Remembering Lionsville – Bronwyn Bancroft
A unique picture book for the whole family, Bronwyn Bancroft tells the inspiring story of growing up in country New South Wales. Gorgeously illustrated, with Remembering Lionsville Bronwyn vividly brings her family’s oral history and her own childhood memories to life.
Winner of the Children’s Fiction prize at the 2011 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Shake a Leg by Boori Monty Pryor and Jan Ormerod is a unique picture book about having fun, sharing culture and the power of story and dance – Boori being the master of all of these things!
Check out the video below for a taste of this fabulous book.
Bangs 2 Jurrukuk – Tiwi College Students
Finally, while Bangs 2 Jurrukuk is a picture book (that we made in a week!), you’ll have to make do with it as a free app (although there are some physical copies like that above out there in the world).
Written and produced by students of Tiwi College, with assistance from John Danalis and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, back in November at our offices, Bangs 2 Jurrukuk is a great story about finding your feet (or wings) in the world, love and courage. Download the book on iTunes and you can even read it with somebody far away, find out more here.