Stories, art, music, expositions, poetry, sports, TV, fashion… What a joy it was to see the wide variety of NAIDOC celebrations all across the country, honouring the first people of Australia and taking an important step in healing. National NAIDOC Week (Sunday 4 July to Sunday 11 July) may be almost over but we are continuing our journey of learning and understanding with the help of Magabala Books:
Our ‘Native Australia’ book shelf is definitely one of the most colourful places in our children’s library. The kids love looking at the bright illustrations, listening to magical stories of many moons ago and learning about traditions and ways of different tribes across Australia. These are some of the wonderful Magabala Books titles we are reading this NAIDOC Week:
If you are looking for a gentle conversation starter to explain the ‘Stolen Generation’ to your children Kunyi (RRP $27.99) is all you need and more. The cruelty of being removed from your family and culture and the impact this has had (and still has) on the indigenous people of Australia is something we will never truly understand, but by sharing her story author Kunyi June Anne McInerney is allowing us to learn.
At just four years old Kunyi and her siblings were placed into the Oodnadatta Children’s Home in South Australia in the 1950s, away from her family and forced to follow the ways taught by the missionaries. This intriguing 60-page book shares all the ins and outs of this strange new missionary life and it really paints a detailed picture of what life was like for children like Kunyi. Kunyi is a fantastic informative title for older children and for teachers to share with their class as they tackle the tricky topic of the Stolen Generation.
If you enjoyed the gorgeous book Respect as much as we did, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with the next addition to the Our Place series: Family (RRP $24.99) by Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson. Using short, easy-to-understand sentences this beautiful picture book invites young readers into the heart of family, teaching children what family means to the first people and about the strong bond they share with ancestors and nature.
Illustrated by the talented Charmaine Ledden-Lewis (well deserved winner of the Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award) Found (RRP $24.99) is an absolute joy for the eye. It follows the journey of a lonely, lost calf, the heartbreak of being separated from its mother and finally the sweet, warm reunion with mama. The wet, shiny noses, the soft fur and the reflection in the big doe eyes with their long eye lashes, my girls just love looking at this delightful book.
Indigenous artist Shirley Purdie has been painting for more than twenty years, preserving the cultural knowledge of her people and the importance of dreaming in her art to ensure future generations are able to stay connected to what was and the stories of their ancestors. In Shirley Purdie: My Story (RRP $24.99) we take a little peak at Shirley’s childhood, share in her special moments with her mother and grandmother and even learn some Gija language too while admiring Shirley’s wonderful painting skills on every page.
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