NAIDOC week is fast approaching.
7 - 14 July 2013, is the all important week.
NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) is a celebration.
A celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We are very excited at the wonderful opportunity this presents to really embrace wonderful literature from creative Indigenous authors and illustrators.
I can't wait to tell you about all the wonderful chapter books and picture books that we've thoroughly enjoyed this year - they are pretty awesome.
NAIDOC week presents the perfect excuse to delve in. Although we have to say, these are pretty good for anytime of the year!
Older Children 12+
Too Flash - Melissa Lucashenko - gives a strong, powerful voice to Australian teenagers. An enjoyable novel from a talented writer.
Grace Beside Me - Sue McPherson - It's already been shortlisted for the 2013 Prime Ministers Literary Awards, we loved it!
Am I Black Enough For You? - Anita Heiss - aimed at adults and teenagers alike this is a celebration of identity.
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.
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
Remembering Lionsville - Bronwyn Bancroft - a glimpse into the childhood of one of Australia's most prolific childrens' illustrators.
Bubbay: A Christmas Adventure - Josie Wowolla Boyle - a little bit of adventure, a sprinkling of spirit and a generous dose of friendship, all converging to create a wonderful bundle of enchantment.
My Home Broome - Tamzyn Richardson - The only warning to be issued with this book? It'll give you itchy feet. Me? I'm off to pack my bag ... Broome here I come!!
Our World: Bardi Jaawi: Life at Ardiyooloon - One Arm Point Community School - 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.
Picture Books 4-6
Alfie's Search For Destiny - David Hardy - Alfie is such an adorable little character.
Bakir and Bir - Jillian Boyd - This is the first picture book I've come across which is set firmly in the Torres Strait Islands, and boy is it a good one!
Too Many Cheeky Dogs - Colours, numbers, and days of the week, are effortlessly integrated in to a fun and quirky story about those pesky dogs.
The Sugarbag - Nola Turner-Jensen - a delightful picture book capturing Jimmy and Max's adventure as they head off in search of the sugarbag.
Me and My Dad - Sally Morgan - With a fine sprinkling of just a few words on each page, this one is perfect for the youngest reader.
Fair Skin Black Fella - Renne Fogorty - A simple message, may be. An important message? Absolutely!
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.
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.
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.