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I Love Me
Format: Board Book
Grade Levels: Preschool;

I Love Me is a vibrant, multi-colored board book that teaches kids one of life's most important lessons: self acceptance.

"I love my eyes, I love my nose, I love the way my curly hair grows!" Acclaimed Indigenous Australian creators Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina celebrate individuality and joyous self-esteem in bouncy, rhythmic prose and lively color. I Love Me is inclusive, fun, simple, and contains a necessary lesson for all about the positivity of self love.

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"[A] 4-page affirmation of self-worth for children everywhere.

Morgan and Kwaymullina, both from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, use traditional Aboriginal-style art to illustrate the unique attributes that make a child loved and lovable. Vibrant, patterned colors in deep, rich hues frame each page while dots, stripes, stars, and swirling bands of color emphasize the joyous message. Two smiling brown-skinned children, sometimes joined by a black-and-white spotted dog, are haloed in variously colored auras that emphasize their singularity and seem to radiate self-love. The occasional rhymes in the text are unobtrusive but not forced.... Onomatopoeic words repeated three times (“tap,” “thump,” etc.) add energy and rhythm. On the next-to-last page, one child with crossed arms looks directly at readers to ask, “Who else would I be?” before returning to the refrain, “And I love, love, love me!”

You just gotta “love, love, love” this joy-filled book." - Kirkus Reviews

Additional Information
24 pages | 7.00" x 7.00"

Authenticity Note: Although by an Indigenous Australian author, this story's text content is not necessarily Indigenous.  The artwork in the book is traditional Aboriginal-style art from an Indigenous illustrator and is, therefore, given the Authentic Indigenous Artwork label. It is up to readers to determine if this work is authentic or not for their purposes.

Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$10.99

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The Eagle Inside
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Australian;
Grade Levels: Preschool;

A timeless tale about difference, belonging, and courage that will inspire children to have faith in their inner strength.

The smallest bird at school, Jimmy feels certain he will never fit in. But Eagle reminds him that being small isn’t necessarily a weakness, and that being different can also be a strength. This book is loosely based on the author’s university experience of feeling he would never fit in, yet being mentored by a teacher who encouraged him to focus on his inner strength, rather than race or class.

This book is a landmark collaboration between two powerhouses of the Indigenous community of Sydney -- artist, activist, and illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft and her son Jack Manning Bancroft, who is CEO of Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) and has been listed among Sydney's Top 100 Most Influential People.

Educator Information
Recommended for Grades up to Pre-K.

Additonal Information
32 pages | 8.75" x 10.75"

Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$15.99

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Welcome To Country: A Traditional Aboriginal Ceremony
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Australian; Wurundjeri;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4;

An Aboriginal ceremony of Welcome to Country is depicted for the first time in a stunning picture book from two Indigenous Australians.

Welcome to the lands of the Wurundjeri people. The people are part of the land, and the land is a part of them. Aboriginal communities across Australia have boundaries that are defined by mountain ranges and waterways. Traditionally, to cross these boundaries, permission is required. Each community has its own way of greeting, but the practice shares a common name: a Welcome to Country. Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin, the senior Aboriginal elder of the Wurundjeri people, channels her passion for storytelling into a remarkable and utterly unique picture book that invites readers to discover some of the history and traditions of her people. Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy gives the Wurundjeri Welcome to Country form in beautiful paintings rich with blues and browns, as full of wonder and history as the tradition they depict.

Reviews
"Kids may pick up Welcome to Country: A Traditional Aboriginal Ceremony expecting something less abstract, but they won't be disappointed. Murphy's book-length meditation invoking Wurundjeri customs and values is beguiling, and Lisa Kennedy's acrylic paintings—some so multilayered that they could pass for embroidered tapestries—are dazzlers...While Welcome to Country uses the distinctive voice of the Wurundjeri of Australia, it speaks to everyone." —Shelf Awareness for Readers

"Richly pigmented illustrations in a traditional style depict the close connection between people, animals, land, and elements. There is a formality in the tone of the text that some readers might find unusual but not unfriendly. This unique picture book lends itself easily to social studies curricula, but its poetic qualities should not be overlooked." —Booklist

Educator Information
Recommended for ages 5 to 9.

Additional Information
32 pages | 10.13" x 11.81"

Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$22.99

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