NAIDOC Week 2017


“I would like to respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land surrounding Redcliffe and Elders both past and present.

I also recognise those whose ongoing effort to protect and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures will leave a lasting legacy for future Elders and leaders.”

I also acknowledge the Elders past and present of my children’s and grandchildren’s country of the Wiradjuri people.


Nganga:  A Dictionary of Aboriginal Terms and Phrases – Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson

Walker Books

June 2017

ISBN 9781921977015

Imprint: Black Dog Books

RRP $16.99

This is going to be a truly useful addition to your libraries as it explores the terminology related to First Australians. As we know there were many First Languages depending on country. This book details instead the terms used in common parlance and offers a concise and accurate definition of these, for example: cleverman, deadly, land rights, law or sorry business.

If you are familiar with Indigenous culture you will already know many of these but there are many who do not have close connections and will find this a very helpful little book.

Aunty Fay Muir is an Elder and Traditional Owner of Boon Wurrung country. This is her first book for children.

Sue Lawson’s name will be known to many for her stunning book ‘Freedom Ride’ among other work.

In my opinion, this is a must have for your units of work and general discussions on our First Australians. Highly recommended for both primary and secondary libraries and truly perfect to fit with this year’s NAIDOC theme.

On the Way to Nana’s – Frances and Lindsay Haji-Ali. Illustrated by David  Hardy


Magabala Books

June 2017

ISBN: 9781925360301

RRP $17.99

This is another stunning picture book from Magabala Books with absolutely glorious illustrations perfectly reflecting the far north-west of Australia. As the family travel the long, long way to Nana’s house there is a countdown of sights spotted from fifteen to one.

So as well as sharing some geography and mapping with younger readers there is an excellent opportunity to integrate some maths.

The authors based the book on their own family travels from Broome to Nana’s in Wyndham, a journey of around a thousand kilometres across the magnificent Kimberley region.

Illustrator David Hardy has worked on animated films for Disney and is now a gaming illustrator/animator. Readers will be familiar with his Alfie books also published by Magabala.

Highly recommended for your younger readers from little tots up to around six years old.



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