NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This year, NAIDOC Week will take place between 8 and 15 November. The theme is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, recognising that First Nations people have lived in and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. Visit the NAIDOC website for information about events or for NAIDOC Week teaching resources.
For those who might like to use a Fremantle Press book during NAIDOC Week, we have put together a list of books with free activities for kids of all ages. Download them below or order class sets from firstname.lastname@example.org while stocks last.
Pre-school, ages zero to six
This boldly illustrated book from Indigenous creator Helen Milroy celebrates the birds in our backyards. From laughing kookaburras to prancing mudlarks, this is a fun and lively read for the very young. Identify the birds and colour them in this activity sheet that will get kids out in their backyards.
Colouring-in sheet and bookmark
We are all different. But together we colour our world amazing.
What colour are you? Download the activity sheet to colour in the images that best represent you and your family.
Mother-and-daughter team Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina celebrate individuality and joyous self-esteem in I Love Me. With bouncy, rhythmic prose and riotous colour, I Love Me is a beautiful read-aloud book that prompts children to love what makes them unique.
Primary school, ages six to 10
From a falling star to a lonely whale, an entertaining lizard to an enterprising penguin, Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories is a book filled with Indigenous stories that are full of wonder, adventure and enduring friendships. Told in the style of traditional teaching stories, these animal tales from Helen Milroy take young readers on adventures of self-discovery and fulfilment.
Test your animal knowledge with our Australian animals fact sheet.
Grandparents are special, and the time you spend with them is special, too. Bush and Beyond: Stories from Country draws together four tales for younger readers from the Waarda series of Indigenous stories, first edited by acclaimed author Sally Morgan.
These charming tales share some exciting, happy and even scary times exploring country in bush and beyond.
A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships.
With powerful messages of family and kinship, Sister Heart can be used in the classroom to discuss Aboriginal cultures and the Stolen Generations.
Secondary, 11 years and up
My Place for Younger Readers is an abridged edition of Sally Morgan’s beloved biography My Place that retains all the charm and power of the original. Sally always wondered about her family: who they were, where they came from, what they were hiding. She asked questions, but received few answers, and soon what started as a tentative search for information became an extraordinary pilgrimage that would change her family’s lives forever.
An oral history is a way of preserving information that can then be passed on. Children can conduct their own interviews with the use of our oral history activity sheet.
From life in the desert to growing up on a mission, enduring devastating policies in the 1930s to bravely seizing new opportunities in the 1960s, Remembered by Heart is a collection of 15 true stories reflecting a diverse range of Aboriginal Australian experiences.
Kayang and Me, written by award-winning novelist Kim Scott and his elder Hazel Brown, is a powerful story of community and belonging, revealing the deep and enduring connections between family, country, culture and history that lie at the heart of Indigenous identity.
This monumental family history of the Wilomin Noongar people is told in two voices – Kim’s and Hazel’s – and is supplemented with photographs of many of Wilomin Noongar family members.
Join in on the celebrations of NAIDOC Week by sharing your activities on social media using the hashtags #NAIDOC, #NAIDOC2020, #AlwaysWasAlwaysWillBe, #Indigenous, #Aboriginal, #TorresStrait and #FirstNations or by tagging @naidocweek.