Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2012 – Reading List
by Emma Perry at My Book Corner
NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) can be traced all the way back to the 1920s.
NAIDOC week celebrations are all about celebrating the culture, history and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on. Discover more about this year’s theme and about the wonderful array of events happening all over the country at NAIDOC‘s official website.
As NAIDOC week reaches it 40th anniversary we feel completely compelled to shout out, very loudly, about some totally awesome books written / illustrated / created by some incredibly talented Indigenous Australians.
Browse our list for some inspiration, knowledge and great literature …. enjoy!!
Older Children 12+
Maybe Tomorrow - Boori Monty Pryor & Meme McDonald – from Australia’s Inaugural Children’s Laureate you can’t skip this book. Engaging, funny, heartfelt and poignant. A must read.
Am I Black Enough For You? - Anita Heiss – aimed at adults and teenagers alike this is a celebration of identity. Using her wry sense of humour Anita Heiss – a successful and entertaining author - breaks down stereotypes and presents a personal and compelling memoir which should storm to the top of everyone’s TBR pile.
Grace Beside Me – Sue McPherson - Delicate yet gutsy, entertaining yet heartfelt, Fuzzy brings us in to her world in this coming of age novel.
Chapter Books 7-11
The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937 – Anita Heiss - the author’s sensitive portrayal of Mary as she recounts how she arrived at Bomaderry, lived there for five years, then moved to live with a white family in Sydney allows readers to gain an insight in to what life was like in 1937.
Kakadu Calling – Jane Garlil Christophersen - A wonderful collection of short stories which is ideal for those readers who are just getting to grips with chapter books.
My Girragundji – Meme McDonald & Boori Monty Pryor - A great start for those who are moving on to chapter books; this story deals with the universal themes of fear and courage set against an exciting backdrop of Boori’s mother’s homeland, Yarrabah.
The Barrumbi Kids – Leonie Norrington - Pure and simple, this is good quality fun and enjoyment centred around the antics of the Barrumbi Kids.
Picture Books for Older Children
Our World: Bardi Jaawi: Life at Ardiyooloon – One Arm Point Community School – The different styles of writing, presented in bitesized chunks, provide an informative and entertaining guide to this community. Our World comes alive with drawings and illustrations covering everything from fishing, crocodiles and how to make damper, to how to dress a snake bite!
Maralinga – The Anangu Story - Yalata & Oak Valley Communities, with Christobel Mattingley - The Maralinga story, the nuclear bomb testing, is one most people know ‘something’ of, but this book provides so much more detail and an incredible array of information.
Stolen Girl – Trina Saffioti - Stolen Girl captures the emotions of just one girl who was a part of something much larger – 100,000 Australian children who were taken from their homes and have been referred to as the ‘Stolen Generation.’ Also suitable for younger children.
Shake A Leg - Boori Monty Pryor & Jan Ormerod – styled in the vision of a graphic novel, this is the ideal vehicle for this book and its messages. The key focus is on the words and the voices, reflecting their historical importance in passing on traditions and knowledge. Winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award 2011.
Picture Books 4-6
Fair Skin Black Fella – Renne Fogorty - A simple message, may be. An important message? Absolutely! In just 28 pages Renee Fogorty challenges the use of the term half-caste and challenges the negative pre judging of a person based on skin colour.
The Mark of the Wagarl – Lorna Little - The Wagarl is the big boss, the birdiya, of the water ways who is to be respected and feared. We learn of his journey from the sea, to the rivers to the caves where his role is to look after the other snake families.
The Old Frangipani Tree at Flying Fish Point – Trina Saffioti - This gorgeous picture book will entrance you from the moment you open the hard cover when you’ll be engulfed by images of delicate flowers cascading towards you from the frangipani tree nestled behind. My Book Corner has received some wonderful comments on this one from members of our community.
You and Me: Our Place – Leonie Norrington - The front cover says it all really. Vibrant, mesmerising illustrations capture a glimpse of Australian culture.
Loongie The Greedy Crocodile – Lucy and Kiefer Dann - Loongie, the crocodile at Walaman Creek, manages to look both fierce and cheeky at the same time – I think it has something to do with those eyes!
Look See, Look At Me! – Leonie Norrington - A warm and delightful picture book about growing up from a child’s point of view. It captures the excitement and pride surrounding those ‘small’ achievements.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but we hope you have enjoyed reading about some of My Book Corner’s favourites.
Our thanks to Emma Perry at My Book Corner for allowing us to reprint her article and share her great list of books with our readers. Located in Australia, My Book Corner provides book reviews on an entire assortment of children’s literature, ranging from the fun and quirky to the simply inspirational and unforgettable. My Book Corner is a great place to visit and find out what is hot in the world of Australian kid and YA lit and we reprint some of their reviews on the PaperTigers website. My Book Corner is a Partner with Australia’s National Year of Reading 2012.