Books for kids to read during NAIDOC week

naidoc week for kids 2022
NAIDOC Week is a time for all Australians to celebrate the history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The theme of NAIDOC Week 2022 is ‘Get up! Stand up! Show up!’ which ‘encourages all of us to champion institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative change while celebrating those who have already driven and led change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over generations.’

Encourage your kids to start championing cooperative change by reading and celebrating First Nations authors.

Here are some great kids’ books for you to get you and your family started!

Kids books for NAIDOC week

a blue kind of day

A Blue Kind of Day

by Rachel Tomlinson and Tori-Jay Mordey

A moving picture book debut about depression, sensory awareness, and the power of listening, from Australian psychologist and author of Teaching Kids to be Kind. With poignant text and stunning illustrations, A Blue Kind of Day explores how depression might feel in the body and shows us how to support the people we love with patience, care, and empathy.

RRP $24.99

our island picturebook

Our Island

by Children of Gununa, Alison Lester and Elizabeth Honey

In this lyrical celebration of place, the children of Mornington Island explore their home in words and pictures. This is a collaboration with much-loved children’s picture-book creators authors Alison Lester and Elizabeth Honey.

RRP $14.99

big rain coming

Big Rain Coming

by Katrina Germein and Bronwyn Bancroft

A lyrical story about waiting for the rain to come to an isolated Aboriginal community. Tension in the community builds as the rain clouds thicken and grow dark. Everybody waits. When will the rain come?

RRP $16.99

todays sun

Today’s Sun

by Gregg Dreise

Raise a reader with this gorgeous black-and-white board book for babies. Celebrating Australian animals and the beautiful moments in every day, this lyrical text is paired with exquisite high-contrast illustrations by Kamilaroi author and illustrator Gregg Dreise. The perfect gift for every new baby.

RRP $14.99

born to run cathy freeman

Born to Run

by Cathy Freeman

As a little girl, Cathy Freeman had only had one dream – to win a gold medal at the Olympics. At twenty-seven years old, that dream came true. How did she go from being a little girl who loved to run to an inspiration to people around the world? Accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, Cathy tells her story about where self belief, hard work and the power of a loving family can take you.

RRP $24.99

Rocky and Louie

by Phillip Walleystack, Raewyn Caisley and Dub Leffler

A heartfelt story about the bond between two brothers and their special connection to country. Illustrated by CBCA award-winning picture-book creator Dub Leffler, and written by acclaimed singer/ storyteller Phil Walleystack and award-winning children’s author Raewyn Caisley.

RRP $24.99

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