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Aboriginal Studies: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's and YA Literature

Featured books from the Curriculum collection

Playground : listening to stories from country and from inside the heart  compiled by Nadia Wheatley; illustrated and designed by Ken Searle ; indigenous consultant,Jackie Huggins.

Yirruwa Yirrilikenuma-langwa : when we go walkabout story by Rhoda Lalara ; pictures by Alfred Lalara. Set on Groote Eylandt, this beautiful book invites children to look for animals in different habitats throughout the course of one day. Yirruwa yirrilikenuma-langwa, amiyembena yirrirringka yirruwa? When we go walkabout, what do we see? There is also a Soundcloud recording of the reading of this book in language.

More titles to borrow from the Curriculum collection

Aboriginal Legends

Non Fiction Magabala Books titles (Western Australian themes)

Indigenous Readers

Indigenous literacy materials for students learning to read and write.
These titles also showcase Australian Indigenous artists. Titles below are just a sample of the materials held in Fisher Library's specialist Curriculum Collection.

The Honey Ant Readers. The Library holds collections of Indigenous literacy material.  Check Library Search to locate Honey Ant Readers currently available and Indij readers little and big fullas

View Honey Ant Teaching resources on the web.

Look up the 

Books on Australian Aboriginal History

Books on reconciliation

Finding books using Library Search

To find books on a topic,  start by searching for your keywords in Library Search. Look for a title that is relevant, then scroll down to view the Subject Headings which you can click on to find more titles on the topic.

Click on the following subject headings to find books on these topics: 

Aboriginal Australians

Torres Strait Islanders

Children, Aboriginal Australian, Juvenile fiction. 

Aboriginal Australians History

Aboriginal Australians Juvenile fiction

Aboriginal Australians Fiction

 Aboriginal Australians -- Legends

Aboriginal Australians Education

Aboriginal Australians Study and Teaching


Limit your searches further to Curriculum Collection, Fisher Collection or the Wingara Mura Library collection.

You can modify Library Search to find other material types such as Audio, Video, Kits, Objects/game  

Library Databases for Aboriginal Perspectives

Library databases index the literature in the field. Before searching a database break down your question into the main concepts, list search terms and synonyms, then use these terms to search for your concepts. Not all records in the database will have full-text links, if the full-text is required consult Library Search; for assistance ask our staff at the Fisher Information Desk phone 9351 2993.

Watch the library's short video on how to search databases effectively, it's called Search Smarter, Search Faster.

The A+ Education database is a good database to start with, as it is has regional Australian content. 

Find more titles from other collections...

Indigenous YA Fiction