Welcome to Our Country by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy

[supplied by Yvette Gilfillan]

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Image: Alex Vaughan

Allen & Unwin proudly announced Welcome to Our Country, a five-book series designed to connect young children, parents and educators with First Nations history and culture.

 

Welcome to Our Country is a collaboration between Adnyamathanha and Narungga man Adam Goodes (former Australian Rules footballer, Australian of the Year in 2014 and co-founder of the GO Foundation), communications professional Ellie Laing, and Barkindji illustrator David Hardy.

 

Somebody’s Land was the first picture book in the series, which is targeted at ages 4–8.

 

It debuted at #2 in the picture book market across the whole of Australia, and sold over 3000 copies in its first week.

 

Since then, it’s consistently charted in the top three spots.

 

After a phenomenal start to the series, Ceremony now invites the reader to celebrate the rich traditions of dance, family, community and caring for Country from the world’s oldest continuous culture.

 

Welcome, children! Nangga! Nangga! Yakarti! Tonight will be our Ceremony. Our family gathers as the fire burns. The smoke rises up as we take it in turns … Then clapsticks tap – one, two, three – but a stick is missing! Where could it be?

 

This joyful story also features words from Adam’s language group, Adnyamthanha, woven throughout the story – alongside a visual glossary and QR code to a reading by Adam and Ellie.

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