First Nations recommended reads

We love stories! And here at Yarra Libraries we reckon we’re pretty lucky to live in a country with one of the oldest storytelling traditions in the world, dating back thousands of years. Check out our list of First Nations Recommended Reads, where you’ll find stories and non-fiction for young people of various age groups. For items in our collection you’ll find direct links to their listings in our catalogue for easy requesting.


Picture books
My Place for Younger Readers by Sally MorganI Love Me by Sally Morgan and Ambelin KwaymullinaMy Country by Ezekiel Kwaymullina and Sally MorganOur Home, Our Heartbeat by Adam BriggsRespect by Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson



Picture Books
Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy Aunty Joy; Andrew Kelly Andrew; Lisa Kennedy LisaWelcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy; Lisa KennedyMy Culture and Me by Gregg Dreise Living on Stolen Land by Ambelin KwaymullinaFair Skin Black Fella by Renee Fogorty

Sister Heart by Sally MorganMy Girragundji by Meme McDonald & Boori Monty PryorCharlie Burr and the Cockroach Disaster, from the Charlie Burr series by Sally Morgan, Blaze, Ambelin & Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe


Young Adults

Calypso Summer by Jared ThomasSongs That Sound Like Blood by Jared ThomasGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia book coverCatching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina; Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Welcome to Country, An Introduction to our First Peoples for Young Australians by Marcia Langton Meet Me at the Intersection book cover