Hello again! Welcome to another kids blog by me, David, your friendly Success branch Pram Jammer. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you it’s school holidays but, guess what, IT”S SCHOOL HOLIDAYS!!! That means you need to find some things to keep them pesky kids occupied and what better way than to register for some of our free school holiday activities.

These holidays happen to coincide neatly with NAIDOC Week, so to help celebrate it Cockburn Libraries’ July School Holiday Program is loaded with awesome indigenous themed activities.

So, today, I thought it would be appropriate to mention some items you’ll find in our collection that have an indigenous link.

Let’s start off with a mention of the Better Beginnings “Deadly books for little kids!” list. (By the way, for those who don’t know, in Aboriginal English”deadly” means: fantastic, great, or awesome!). You can find them all on our catalogue here.

Deadly books for little kids


Two titles of note I would recommend for reading to your youngest include:

Counting Aussie Animals in My Backyard

Learn to count up to 10, from Kookaburras laughing on a fence to bull ants marching through the dirt, with Counting Aussie animals in my backyard / Bronwyn Houston.

How the Birds Got Their Colours

How the birds got their colours / told by Mary Albert ; compiled by Pamela Lofts. This book about colours is based on a story told by Mary Albert, of the Bardi people, to Aboriginal children living in Broome, Western Australia.

Two more I can recommend for your slightly older, little kids include:

Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo

Ernie dances to the didgeridoo / Alison Lester. When Ernie leaves the city and goes to live in the Aboriginal reserve of Arnhem Land, he sends letters to his old classmates describing the activities of his new friends.

The kangaroo and the porpoise

The kangaroo and the porpoise : an Aboriginal story / told by Agnes Lippo ; compiled by Pamela Lofts. This story from the Dreaming was told by Agnes Lippo, from the Aboriginal community of Belyuen in the Northern Territory, where people from the Larrakia and Waigite language groups live.

Oh, I should also mention, as part of the new Better Beginnings discovery backpacks we’ve been rolling out this year, we have just released the indigenous themed Deadly discovery backpack. It includes some deadly (remember, that means “awesome”) stuff you can check it out here!

I hope this modest blog has inspired you to celebrate NAIDOC Week by taking the opportunity these school holidays to have a read and delve into some stories from one of the world’s oldest cultures. Happy Holidays!