Inspiring books for young people by Aboriginal authors

Explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors' perspectives of their history and culture

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are the oldest living cultures in the world. They have existed in Australia for over 50,000 years.

To help your child learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, the Department of Education and Training has put together a list of books by Aboriginal authors.

These books are suitable for students from Prep to Year 10 and can be read as part of the Premiers' Reading Challenge.

Deepen your child's understanding of the history, culture and lives of the Aboriginal community by picking up these books at your local library.

Primary school

Prep to Grade 2

Clever Crow

Nina Lawrence and Bronwyn Bancroft (2018)

Wilam: a Birrarung story

Aunty Joy Murphy and Andrew Kelly - illustrated by Lisa Kennedy (2019)

Hello and welcome

Gregg Dreise (2021)

Grades 3 to 4

Black Cockatoo

Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler (2018)

Kicking Goals

Anita Heiss, Adam Goodes and Michael O'Loughlin (2016)

Grades 5 to 6

Young dark emu: a truer history

Bruce Pascoe (2019)

Remembered by Heart

Edited by Sally Morgan (2014)

Nganga (age 9+)

Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson (2018)

Secondary school

Years 7 to 8

Tell me why: for young adults - for ages 12 - 16

Archie Roach AM (2021)

Ubby's Underdogs: The Legend of the Phoenix Dragon

Brenton E. McKenna (2011)

Us Mob Walawurru

David Spillman and Lisa Wilyuka (2006)

Years 9 to 10

Dark Emu

Bruce Pascoe (2014)

Becoming Kirrali Lewis

Jane Harrison (2015)

Background reading for parents

The Little Red Yellow Black Book: an introduction to Indigenous Australia (3rd edition)

Bruce Pascoe - published by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (2012)