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. Items marked with an asterisk are in the process of being ordered so check back soon for those.

 

Pre-Schoolers

Picture books
My Place for Younger Readers by Sally Morgan*
My Place for Younger Readers by Sally Morgan

I Love Me by Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina
I Love Me by Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina 

My Country by Ezekiel Kwaymullina and Sally Morgan
My Country by Ezekiel Kwaymullina and Sally Morgan  

Living on Stolen Land by Ambelin Kwaymullina*
Living on Stolen Land by Ambelin Kwaymullina

Our Home, Our Heartbeat by Adam Briggs*
Our Home, Our Heartbeat by Adam Briggs

Respect by Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson*
Respect by Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson

 

School-Aged

Picture Books
Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy Aunty Joy, Andrew Kelly Andrew and Lisa Kennedy Lisa 
Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy Aunty Joy; Andrew Kelly Andrew; Lisa Kennedy Lisa

Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy
Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy; Lisa Kennedy

My Culture and Me by Gregg Dreise
My Culture and Me by Gregg Dreise  

Fair Skin Black Fella by Renee Fogorty
Fair Skin Black Fella by Renee Fogorty 

Fiction
Sister Heart by Sally Morgan
Sister Heart by Sally Morgan 

My Girragundji by Meme McDonald and Boori Monty Pryor 
My Girragundji by Meme McDonald & Boori Monty Pryor

Charlie Burr series, by Sally Morgan, Blaze, Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina*
Charlie Burr and the Cockroach Disaster, from the Charlie Burr series by Sally Morgan, Blaze, Ambelin & Ezekiel Kwaymullina


Non-Fiction
Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe
Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe 

 

Young Adults

Fiction
Calypso Summer by Jared Thomas
Calypso Summer by Jared Thomas

Songs That Sound Like Blood by Jared Thomas
Songs That Sound Like Blood by Jared Thomas

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia book cover

Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina; Ezekiel Kwaymullina 

Non-Fiction
Welcome to Country, An Introduction to our First Peoples for Young Australians by Marcia Langton 
Welcome to Country, An Introduction to our First Peoples for Young Australians by Marcia Langton

Meet Me at the Intersection by Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Graham Akhurst, Jessica Walton, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Rebecca Lim, Amra Pajalic, Kelly Gardiner, Alice Pung, Omar Sakr, Jordi Kerr and Ellen van Neerven
Meet Me at the Intersection book cover