The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature has produced a new Resource that celebrates children’s books by and about Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment offer a range of books for children aged from birth to eight years now extended to 12 years. These are offered for consideration and selection according to individual needs and interests. Each book is annotated and includes related resources to explore the book in many ways.
Books chose to feature the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ culture and languages, teaching and Dreaming Stories, insights into communities and cultural practices, and communication between cultural groups. The Resource showcases books with a variety of storytelling techniques, genres, illustrations and presentation styles to entertain, inform and engage readers.
The Resource is user-friendly and provides numerous searching options including free-text, author, illustrator, title, series, publisher, publication date, the Early Years Learning Framework, the Australian Curriculum, audience level, subjects and annotations, which give the essence, context and synopsis for each book. This Resource celebrates the rich culture of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Peoples by providing a diverse range of books and related information that supports teachers, librarians, parents, caregivers, home schooling groups and others working with young people.
To access the books: Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Resource