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Information to help grow a love of reading

Source: Digital montage by Black, S. (2019). Images sourced from Canva.

The indigenous understanding fiction collection is located in the Kerferd Library special collections. Look for the books that have the kangaroo icon on the spine with the words "Indigenous Understanding".

Click on the book cover or title in the gallery at the bottom of this page to borrow fiction from the indigenous understanding collection, or use the following link to browse the indigenous understanding fiction collection in the library.

Indigenous Understanding fiction books in the Kerferd Library | Click on the book cover to borrow via the catalogue.

Bush Tracks

What can you see? Follow the clues that landscape, seasons, weather, the stars, the moon and the sun give to navigate bush tracks and find the Australian animal. A lyrical, fun story about tracking animals in the bush featuring vibrant illustrations by Balarinji, Australia's leading Indigenous design studio.

The magic firesticks

Bandicoot and Curlew, two Australian Aborigines of the Yalanji tribe, journey to Fire Mountain to bring back fire produced by Didmunja's "magical" sticks.

Mrs White and the red desert

When a group of desert children invite their school teacher, Mrs White, home for dinner to show her why their homework is always grubby, no-one expects what is to come! They are happily showing Mrs White their higgledy piggledy garden when suddenly a big red sand storm comes billowing over the hill. Sand and spinifex whips at their legs and flies at their heads. They can hardly see through the storm. They hurry back home, only to discover that everything is now red!

Napangardi's bush tucker walk

Gorgeous illustrations combine with a delightful bush narrative featuring Australian animals and bush tucker. A surprising twist at the end. The story is told in such a way as to delight young children through repetitive phrases and humour. It informs about the culture of contemporary Indigenous Australians.

On the way to Nana's

Frances and Lindsay Haji-Ali take us counting backwards from 15 to 1 on this spectacular journey in the far north of WA. When Frances and Lindsay lived with their family in Broome, they often set out to visit Nana in the tiny outback town of Wyndham over 1,000 km north. These road trips took them across the magnificent Kimberley landscape and inspired this counting story.

Our birds : Nilimurrungu Wäyin Malanynha

From her home in Yirrkala, North East Arnhem Land, Siena captured these photographs of birds when she was only twelve years old. She names each bird in Yolnu and English, and shares a little bit of Yolnu culture as she introduces amazing facts and peculiar habits.

Shake a Leg

When three young boys go to a pizza parlor and meet an Aboriginal chef who can speak Italian and make a deadly pizza, they're in for a surprise!

The spotty dotty lady

There once lived a sad lady whose only friends were the flowers in her garden. By chance she discovers a mysterious plant growing by her house and decides to water it. So begins the magical and unexpected adventure of a plant that changes the very essence of people's lives.

The Sugar Bag

The Sugarbag is the adventure story of Jimmy and Max, two young brothers, who are on their way to visit their grandfather. Walking through the bush, they encounter an Australian native stingless bee buzzing around their heads. This gives Jimmy the opportunity to teach little Max all he has learned from his grandfather about hunting for sugarbag. Sugarbag is the European word for the honey produced by the stingless bee.

Summer Rain

A joyous serenade of the wet and dry seasons and Australia's distinctive animals and landscape, Summer Rain is illustrated in full kaleidoscopic glory by Balarinji, Australia's leading indigenous design studio.

Welcome to Country

Welcome to the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People. We are part of this land and the land is part of us This is where we come from. Wominjeka Wrundjeri balluk yearmenn koondee bik. Welcome to Country.

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