BOOK 1:Mum's Elephant : A simply lovely story about the sometimes-quirky memories we have of our mothers.' — Dub Leffler, award winning author/illustratorAge range 0 to 8 Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O'Keefe grew up in the remote community of Ali Curung in the NT. Her family lived a bush life. They didn't own much but her mother had a very special 'elephant'. It was her mother's most prized possession and she gave it tender loving care. When her mother's friends were around, they had real tea-parties with the elephant. Often her mother would sleep with it beside her bed.Christina Booth's splendid illustrations of desert landscapes and bush life deepen the mystery of the elephant, only revealing subtle clues to its true identity. The reader is beguiled by the storytelling until the big surprise when the elephant is revealed. Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O'Keefe is a natural storyteller and conveys warmth and humour in her writing. Mum's Elephant will intrigue children and remind adult readers of the simple things that held a special charm when they were young.'Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O'Keefe has spun a cherished childhood memory into a beguiling tale for children in this debut picture book...The joy and value of community lies at the centre of this story — the teapot, which comes out whenever friends visit, is valued for its ability to spark conversations and shared stories — and O'Keefe's gentle humour illuminates the creative and transformative power of a child's perspective on an adult world. Mum's Elephant is a welcome addition to the growing number of stories being shared by First Nations writers.' — Bronte Coates
BOOK 2: Who Am I? introduces young readers to both native animals and the concept of Indigenous language — in this case the Kaurna language, from South Australia. Learn the Kaurna words for animals such as parrot, wombat, kangaroo, cockatoo and echidna and discover a simple fact about each animal.The text runs in both English and Kaurna, and there is a simple pronunciation chart included.At the back of the book, find out more about Kaurna life and customs and also about how Indigenous languages can be found in the National Library of Australia's collections.Illustrated with close-up images of the animals, this book is immediate and engaging, and highlights beautiful natural history illustrations.On the NLA Publishing website you can find a reading of the book in Kaurna.Published to celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages (2019).
BOOK 3: My Home In Kakadu:This delightful book includes a map and factual information about the seasons and foods of Kakadu. Through the eyes of her granddaughter, Tarrah, respected Bunitj elder and gifted story-teller Jane Christophersen reveals the beauty of life in Kakadu and the significance of the changing seasons to those who live there. Striking illustrations show all the elements of daily life as Tarrah goes into the bush with her family gathering fruits, fishing and hunting. My Home in Kakadu is filled with vibrant colors and images from Australia's most famous national park.Age 5-7Respected elder Jane Christopherson reveals through the eyes of her granddaughter, Tarrah, the beauty of life in Kakadu and the significance of the changing seasons. Through the eyes of her granddaughter, Tarrah, respected Bunitj Elder, Jane Christophersen reveals the beauty of life in Kakadu and the significance of the changing seasons to those who live there. Striking illustrations show all the elements of daily life as Tarrah goes bush with her family, gathering fruits, fishing and hunting.
BOOK 4: 'What do you call a baby...? (Hardcover)is an entertaining way for all children to learn the nouns that describe some of our iconic Australian baby animals.Age range 0 to 3What do you call a baby...? is an entertaining way for all children to learn the nouns that describe some of our iconic Australian baby animals.Baby frogs are called tadpoles, but what do we call a baby goanna, a baby eagle, or a baby echidna? This stunning title introduces young children to their amazing names — hatching, eaglet and puggle. Bin Salleh's exquisite illustrations and pastel colour palette captures the tender bond of an animal 'parent and baby' and makes this little book a truly delightful journey of discovery.