Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

Heartsick for Country - Sally Morgan, Tjalaminu Mia, Blaze Kwaymullina

Heartsick for Country

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - My People

My People

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Is That You Ruthie?

Is That You Ruthie?

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (30)

Jill Stubington - Singing The Land

Singing the Land: The Power of Performance in Aboriginal Life

Various artists - Aboriginal Artist Greeting Card Set

Aboriginal Artist Greeting Card Set

Robert Hillman - Gurrumul

Gurrumul: His Life and Music

Ian W McLean - How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art

How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art

Browse all 30 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

Will Sanders - Engaging Indigenous Economy

Engaging Indigenous Economy

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town - Kimberly Christen

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town

How To Start An Aboriginal Business - Neil Willmett

How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (64)

Gregg Dreise - Kookoo the Kookaburra

Kookoo Kookaburra

The Little Platypus and the Fire Spirit - Mundara Koorang

The Little Platypus and the Fire Spirit

Lajamanu School - Warnayarra: The Rainbow Snake

Warnayarra: The Rainbow Snake

Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe - The Girl From The Great Sandy Desert

Girl from the Great Sandy Desert

Browse all 64 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (52)

Gary Taaffe - Urban Hunters

Urban Hunters series

Anita Heiss - Avoiding Mr Right

Avoiding Mr Right

Jane Harrison - Becoming Kirrali Lewis

Becoming Kirrali Lewis

Judy Nunn - Maralinga

Maralinga

Browse all 52 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (10)

Maggie Brady - Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy – Meeting Difference with Indifference

Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy

Dale Chapman - Coo-ee Cuisine Bush Food Cookbook

Coo-ee Cuisine Bush Food Cookbook

John Newton - The Oldest New Ingredients on Earth

The Oldest Foods on Earth

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

Browse all 10 Health books >

History (68)

David Frankel, Janine Major: Kulin and Kurnai

Kulin and Kurnai

Alana Valentine - Parramatta Girls and Eyes to the Floor

Parramatta Girls and Eyes to the Floor

Noah Jed Riseman - Defending Whose Country?

Defending Whose Country?

Alan Parkinson - Maralinga - Australia's Nuclear Waste Cover-up

Maralinga - Australia’s Nuclear Waste Cover-up

Browse all 68 History books >

Humour, Cartoons (2)

Anita Heiss - Sacred Cows

Sacred Cows

Jackie French - Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years

Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years

Browse all 2 Humour, Cartoons books >

Land (16)

Bill Bunbury - Invisible Country

Invisible Country

Murray Garde  (ed.) - Something About Emus

Something About Emus

Heidi Norman - What Do We Want? A Political History of Aboriginal Land Rights in NSW

What Do We Want? A Political History of Aboriginal Land Rights in NSW

Philip A Clarke - Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Browse all 16 Land books >

Language (4)

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Browse all 4 Language books >

Law & Justice (4)

Gone For A Song - Jeff Waters

Gone for a Song: Death and Desperation in the Deep North

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (32)

The Wailing - Stuart Rintoul

The Wailing—A National Black Oral History

Ann McGrath - Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia

Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia

Ray Martin: Stories of My Life

Ray: Stories of My Life

Snake Dancing - Roberta Sykes

Snake Dancing

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Personal Reports and Experiences (42)

The Hard Light of Day: An Artist's Story of Friendships in Arrernte Country - Rod Moss

The Hard Light of Day: An Artist’s Story of Friendships in Arrernte Country

Liza Kennedy - Yamakarra

Yamakarra

Storymen - Hannah Rachel Bell

Storymen

Amanda Webster - A Tear in the Soul

A Tear in the Soul

Browse all 42 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

Aileen Moreton-Robinson - Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters

Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters

The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the End of the Liberal Consensus - Peter Sutton

The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the End of the Liberal Consensus

Alison Holland - Just Relations

Just Relations

Kevin Gilbert - Because a White Man'll Never Do it

Because a White Man’ll Never Do it

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (13)

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Maggie Walsh - Sunset

Sunset

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Burraga Gutya, Ken Canning - Yimbama

Yimbama

Browse all 13 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

John Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

John Maynard - Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (47)

Tasmanian Aborigines - Lyndall Ryan

Tasmanian Aborigines

King Brown Country - Russell Skelton

King Brown Country: The Betrayal of Papunya

The Way We Civilise - Rosalind Kidd

The Way We Civilise

The Little Red Yellow Black Book - Bruce Pascoe

The Little Red Yellow Black Book

Browse all 47 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

Travel (4)

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

Aboriginal Darwin: A Guide to Exploring Important Sites of the Past and Present - Toni Bauman, Samantha Wells

Aboriginal Darwin

Melbourne Dreaming: A Guide to the Aboriginal Places of Melbourne - Meyer Eidelson

The Melbourne Dreaming

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Browse all 4 Travel books >

Are textbooks still useful?

Teaching has come a long way from purely textbook-based to spanning text, video, audio and games. With students’ attention spans decreasing and information breaking down into smaller bite sizes teachers are questioning the usefulness of books at school.

Textbooks still have a few advantages:

  • Good for novice teachers. Beginning teachers can benefit from a detailed outline of the material to be covered and the design of each lesson.
  • Organised units of work. A textbook gives you all the plans and lessons you need to cover a topic in some detail.
  • Structured information. Books provide you with a chronological presentation of information. They usually contain a detailed sequence of teaching procedures that tell you what to do and when to do it.

Good textbooks are excellent teaching aids. They’re a resource for both teachers and students.

Some teachers found that students are not motivated to read textbooks. They have had success with phasing out books and replacing them with practical exercises that are relevant to their students’ daily life experiences.

It is probably good to not use textbooks as the only resource for students. Use it as a guide, not a mandate and be free to modify, change, eliminate, or add to the material in the textbook using videos, films, music and interactive materials.

Choosing an Aboriginal textbook

In my opinion there is nothing better than learning directly from Aboriginal authors. I have witnessed their pain and suffering, their resilience and creativity as well as their joy and community by reading first-hand accounts of their lives. For this reason I have marked the author’s heritage accordingly for all books listed on CreativeSpirits.info.

Be careful with books by non-Aboriginal authors. Do they have an agenda? Are they based on myths or old colonial ideas? Are they painting Aboriginal culture only in a positive, glorifying light?

Even contemporary curriculum-approved books can get it wrong and teach “seasons and animals” followed directly by “Aboriginal seasons”, perpetuating the idea that Aboriginal people are somehow linked to flora and fauna.

It might be a good idea to talk to Aboriginal teachers to learn about their perspective and check if they have recommendations.

Finding a book

I’ve tried to help you find the book you are after with the following resources:

For the latest book releases on Aboriginal Australia shop securely in my Aboriginal Book Store.

Tip: If you dont’ know where to begin check out my Aboriginal Start Pack which contains the essential DVDs, CDs and books to get you started.

The Australian National University has studies on particular themes or regions, or a series of articles on single subjects of contemporary Indigenous topics offered as free Indigenous books for download. The Digital Book Index also keeps a list of free Aboriginal books.

Can’t find your favourite Aboriginal books?

Try a search at Fishpond, Australia’s largest supplier, cheaper than Amazon.

Fishpond

Or search a list of Aboriginal books from the Aboriginal Studies Press on Fishpond.

Aboriginal book publishers

Books for the Australian Curriculum

If you are looking for books about Aboriginal history and culture for the Australian Curriculum check out Booktopia's collection of textbooks.

Amazon offers a number of educational teaching books.

Magabala Books offers teacher's notes to some of its children's books.

Cite this article

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