Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo - Alison Lester
Ernie is a city boy who moves to the Arnhem Land for a year. He flies over the desert for hours, traveling over the floodplains, crosses the East Alligator River and arrives in Arnhem Land. He writes back home to his friends telling of the seasons, of the everyday simple amusements, of the cultural life of the children of Arnhem Land. Interesting, informative and flows naturally. Held the attention of my eight, five and three year olds.
My Home in Kakadu - Jane Christophersen
Tarrah, granddaughter of the author reveals the beauty of life in Kadadu National Park. Tarrah goes out with her family gathering bush tucker, fishing and hunting. Did you know that the Aboriginal people of Northern Territory know six seasons? Whereas most people see only two, the Wet and the Dry. Fascinating book.
Walking through the Seasons in Kakadu by Diane Lucus
The illustrations in this book are absolutely stunning. It is rich in information of the seasons, of the flora and fauna, of the wildlife, of the culture of the people who live there today. I would recommend this more for the older child, there was too much information to hold the attention of my five year old.
My Place - Sally Morgan
Following three-generation's of an Australian family. Sally travels back to her grandmother's birthplace and discovers she is not white but aboriginal.
All of Percy Trezise' books are brilliant. His picture books portray traditional aboriginal life very well for young children. His illustrations are excellent.
Unfortunately some books are out of print. Our personal favourites are the 'Journey of the Great Lake' series; the adventures of three young children who are blown away from their family on a raft and have to journey home through many tribal lands. In some lands they encounter help, in other lands danger. . There were seven books written before the author's death in 2005. I'm afraid that the journey may not be finished :( as only one was being published a year.)
Land of the Dingo People - Percy Trezise
Traveling through the Land of the Dingo People.
Jadianta, Lande and Jalmor are three children of the Kadimakara People who were caught in a storm and stranded across the great lake, Balanorga. Now they are trying to find their way home and in this part of the series, they are in the land of the Snake People.
Land of the Kangaroo People - Percy Trezise
Traveling through the Land of the Kangaroo People.
It's over 40,000 years ago and Lasca's pups are about to be born. True to her nature as a dingo, she leaves her human friends Ngalia and his little sister Mayli, and goes to the creek to dig a den. However there is always danger for dingo pups from Thylacine, the striped wolf.
The Quinkins - Percy Trezise
Two children are hunting with their dingo, Lasca, when they are threatened by a huge bushfire which drives them towards the dreaded Quinkin mountain to seek shelter in the caves. The story shows the conflict with the Imjins, aid from Jimaras and protection from a clever Lasca.
SRA Australian Legends (Out of Print)
Stories specially adapted for children from Aboriginal myths and legends
The Secret of the Cockatoo (SRA Australian Legends) - L & G Adams
Molok the Thirsty Frog (SRA Australian Legends) - L & G Adams
The Black Swans (SRA Australian Legends) - L&G Adams
The Whirlwind and the Frogs (SRA Australian Legends) - L & G Adams
The Koala who Stole the Water (SRA Australian Legends)- L & G Adams
How Echidna Got His Quills (SRA Australian Legends) - L & G Adams
Wowie The River Monster and other Australian Stories (SRA Australian Legends) - L & G Adams