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Our Mob – Jacinta Daniher & Taylor Hampton/Seantelle Walsh


Ford St Publishing

May 2023

ISBN: 9781922696236

RRP: $17.99

This is a stunning new picture book for your younger readers that will take them around Australia to visit various mobs on Country and find out a little more about each. Authors, Jacinta and Taylor, are the co-founders of Birrang Cultural Connections, based in Victoria [check out the fabulous photos on their FB page!]. Their aim is to provide cross-cultural learning experiences to children in the Albury/Wodonga district. In this book they can take that learning experience further afield, introducing kiddos to their First Nations peers from one end of the country to the other.

With each double spread readers are introduced to another proud Aboriginal kid and find out a little about customs or practices in their own Country. Through the simple but effective and expressive text, children will ‘meet’ a kid from a particular mob, and learn about their own personal connection to country and customs. Each of these is illustrated beautifully with Seantelle’s sensitive and exquisitely rendered interpretations of each child and their own experiences, with reference to traditional art techniques.

I absolutely love this book! It’s such a fabulous way to show all kids the differences and variety from one mob to another, and your readers will truly enjoy getting to know each one. And while each page is lovely in its own right – our favourite is, of course, the Wiradjuri page with little Arlo and his Pop :-), and the story of the nation totem, the gugaa.

This is a must for your shelves so if you haven’t already, get it on order now.

Highly recommended for readers from 3 year olds in kindy upwards to mid-primary. And there are some terrific and comprehensive teaching notes to accompany it.

Nganga: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Words and Phrases – Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson



Walker Books

ISBN: 9781921977015
Imprint: Black Dog Books
Release Date: June 1, 2018
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99

For many of us, especially those of us who have First Australian family connections, there are certain words and phrases with which we are already familiar: “Aunty, Uncle, sorry business, deadly, women’s business, marngrook, dreamtime, Elders, songlines. “

Also for many there is no real understanding of these and hence Nganga will be a most valuable reference book not just for schools but for anyone with a genuine wish to embrace more of our First Australian culture.

Arranged like a dictionary this includes not only Indigenous language but terms that relate to the understanding of the culture, country and peoples. It is a well-considered and readily digested information source for all Australians.

As the mother and grandmother of proud Wiradjuri children it gives me the greatest pleasure to recommend this to you either for your school collection, as an integral part of your cross-cultural studies, or your own edification.

Aunty Fay Muir  and Sue Lawson   have collaborated to provide a concise and authoritative cultural treasure which will be an educational ‘must have’.

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My Wiradjuri girl doing her thing at the NAIDOC assembly two years ago on behalf of herself and her beautiful mum, now with her ancestors.