Country Town

I have been lost in the pages of Country Town written by Isolde Martyn and Robyn Ridgeway, illustrated by Louise Hogan and published by Ford Street Publishing. This is a unique, meticulously researched, captivating book that places the reader in a fictional inland Australian town (which the creators invite readers to suggest and submit a […]

Three Dresses

Title: Three Dresses Author and illustrator: Wanda Gibson Publisher: University of Queensland Press (UQP) Publication date: April 2024 Themes: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customs and beliefs, impacts of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, surviving colonisation and Protection Acts, life on Aboriginal missions, identity and belonging, connection to Country Comprehensive teachers’ notes which include numerous […]

Tayta’s Secret Ingredient

Title: Tayta’s Secret Ingredient Author: Amal Abou-Eid Illustrator: Cara King Publisher: MidnightSun Publishing Publication date: March 2024 Themes: Diversity, Harmony Day, intergenerational family bonds, Lebanese culture, baking. Teachers’ notes are available on the MidnightSun Publishing website here. Tayta’s Secret Ingredient by Amal Abou-Eid, illustrated by Cara King and published by MidnightSun Publishing is a gentle and heart-warming […]

For 60 000 Years

“For 60,000 years, as sure as the sun rises and rests, our people have thrived and survived. Originally penned as a poetic response to January 26th, this is an empowering story of truth, strength and community, told by Gamilaroi and Dunghutti woman Marlee Silva and illustrated by Yamatji man Rhys Paddick.” This powerful and evocative […]

Grandma’s First Tattoo

Grandma’s First Tattoo by award winning duo Phillip Gwynne and illustrated by Tony Flowers is a rollicking tale that will delight both young and old readers. This story is full of heart, humour and is a beautiful celebration of diversity and the power of story told in the form of a tattoo. This book begins […]

How to Hatch a Dragon

How to Hatch a Dragon is the first book in Nick Bland’s new Bunny and Bird series and is sure to captivate younger readers as they revel in the highly entertaining story, particularly as they discover the narrative that unfolds in the illustrations. I suspect some readers will become very vocal in an attempt to […]

A Friend for Ruby

Title: A Friend for Ruby Author: Sofie Laguna Illustrator: Marc McBride Publisher: Allen and Unwin Publication date: 29 August 2023 RRP: $24.99 A Friend for Ruby by Sofie Laguna, illustrated by Marc McBride and published by Allen and Unwin is a story about friendship, connection and resourcefulness. It could serve as a gateway to conversations about a […]

Walk With Us: Welcome to Our Country

Title: Walk With Us: Welcome to Our Country Authors: Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing Illustrator: David Hardy Publisher: Allen and Unwin Publication date: October 31, 2023 RRP: $24.99 (AUD) Teaching resource: A comprehensive teaching resource is available to download from Allen and Unwin. Walk With Us is the fourth book in the Welcome to Our Country series by Adam […]

The Enemy

The Enemy by Davide Cali, illustrated by Serge Bloch and published by Wilkins Farago, in association with Amnesty International Australia is a powerful picture book for older readers, set in a barren desert during wartime; there are two holes, each inhabited by a soldier and they are enemies. This story, with sparse text is told […]

The Crown

The Crown lyrically written and atmospherically illustrated by Emily Kapff is a stirring and thought provoking story about the role humanity plays as caretakers of this earth and the impact our choices have for the future. This story is told by a young girl living in the future on a barren land filled with waste, […]