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Our favourite NAIDOC Week books for Early Years Educators

Our favourite NAIDOC Week books for Early Years Educators

Posted on 7/07/2021 by Entrée Early Years

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This July, NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our Entree Early Years team have been doing some research on great resources, sites and books suitable to read with children in the classroom or at home.

Before we share these with you we'd like to acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the land we work on. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and of the future.

With this year's theme for NAIDOC Week being 'Heal Country', this is a great opportunity to help children develop their understanding of a First Nation's perspective of 'Country'. 

If you don't have these following books in your library, you can purchase them through a fantastic site called Koori Curriculum.

1. Counting Country, suitable ages 1+

Jill Daniels is an Indigenous artist who lives in SE Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. In this book, children will love counting the animals from 1 to 10 as they turn the pages.

Purchase it here.

2. Benny Bungarra's Big Bush Clean Up, suitable ages 2+

This book is written by Sally Morgan and illustrated by Ambelin Kwaymullina. This is an easy book to read, with the subject matter suitable for pre-school to school age children, and the illustrations are great for toddlers to kinder aged children.

Purchase it here.

3. Family, suitable ages 3+

This book is written by Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson, illustrated by Jasmine Seymour. A great book which helps children to understand what family means, how to be with each other and with Country.

Purchase it here.

If you have any great suggestions of books you have used in your classrooms or at home, feel free to let us know by emailing us mail@entree.com.au