Episode 11: Must-read books by First Nations creators

March 11, 2023

In episode 011 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Must-read books by First Nations creators

It’s NAIDOC Week (4-11 July 2021) and Megan has been hard at work curating a list of amazing books by First Nations authors and illustrators for kids of all ages! She and Allison share some of their faves, plus they have a secret hobby to confess. Allison’s tips are all about creating remarkable characters and Megan examines the power of rhyme.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘The Other Side Of Perfect’ by Mariko Turk

‘Introducing D’Lila LaRue’ by Nette Hilton and A.Yi

‘The Silly Seabed Song’ by Aura Parker
Activity pack
YouTube reading
Timelapse of Aura drawing some of the characters for World Ocean Day.

‘Twitch’ by M. G. Leonard
YouTube Reading
Teachers’ Notes

‘The Big Twitch’  by Sean Dooley

Books by First Nations Creators

Don’t forget to check out Megan’s full list of books by First Nations authors and illustrators for children to teens.

‘Story Doctors’ by Boori Monty Pryor. Illustrated by Rita Sinclair (Episode 9 of the YKNR Podcast)

‘Goal!!!’ by Lydia Williams and Lucinda Gifford

‘Billie and the Blue Bike’ by Ambelin Kwaymullina

‘Baby Business’ by Jasmine Seymour. Megan’s full review here.

‘Our Home, our Heartbeat’ by Adam Briggs

‘Day Break’ by Amy McQuire

‘Albert Namatjira’ by Vincent Namatjira. (Finding The Archibald with Rachel Griffiths on YouTube.)

‘Tell Me Why’ by Archie Roach (YA edition)

‘The Boy from the Mish’ by Gary Lonesborough

‘My Place’ by Sally Morgan

‘Brontide’ by Sue McPherson

‘Ghost Bird’ by Lisa Fuller

‘My Australian Story: Who am I?’ by Anita Heiss

‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’ by Kirli Saunders and Matt Ottley. Megan’s full review here.


LoveOzYA Indigenous Reads Classroom Posters

Quick tips

Writing for Kids: How to create remarkable characters by Allison Tait

Rhyme Time! Best rhyming books for littles ones by Lana Hallowes for Children’s Books Daily



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