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First Nations Role Models

First Nations Role Models

This week I’m gonna chat about the importance of role models- real and fictional- for children and teens. For those of you just joining, I am Carl Merrison, a remote outback Jaru and Gija man from Halls Creek in the... More

Aboriginal Authors 2022

Aboriginal Authors 2022

There are some pretty deadly First Nations authors who have forged the way for years, others finding their place in the publishing industry and Australian literary landscape. I explore some of them below. Some of the deadly authors we have... More

Deadly Reads: Benny Bungarra

Deadly Reads: Benny Bungarra

October 20, 2019 ,

Benny Bungarra’s big bush clean up (Magabala 2018) is a book that our 3.5-year-old makes us read on repeat… so that tells us something! I think I just like how Benny’s name rolls off the tongue. The solid colour, simplistic... More

Deadly Reads: Baby Bilby’s Question

Deadly Reads: Baby Bilby’s Question

October 15, 2019 ,

Sally Morgan and Adele Jaunn created a delightful little book Baby Bilby’s Question (Little Hare Books 2012) that compares how long a dad will love his son through the impossible combinations of Australian events. The dad shows how much he... More

Deadly Reads: cooee mittigar a story on darug songlines

Deadly Reads: cooee mittigar a story on darug songlines

We are so excited to review a new release from Magabala! Our publisher, Rachel Bin Salleh, gifted us this book with our latest contract (but we were under no obligation to do a review- we do this because we genuinely... More

Deadly Reads- Yinti Desert Child

Deadly Reads- Yinti Desert Child

Title: Yinti Desert Child (Magabala 2019) -part of the Yinti series- Yinti Desert Dog and Yinti Desert Cowboy Audience: YA 12+ including struggling readers and Aboriginal audiences. There is a content warning for this book though- death of a child,... More

Deadly Reads: Two Ways Strong Jaz’s Story

Deadly Reads: Two Ways Strong Jaz’s Story

We loved Two Ways Strong Jaz’s Story so much. The experience that Jaz has at boarding school is really similar to the experience of young people in the Kimberley. Some remote communities do not have high school options for older students and... More

Black Cockatoo- Our thoughts behind keeping it short

Black Cockatoo- Our thoughts behind keeping it short

We wrote Black Cockatoo short on purpose. In fact when we submitted it to Magabala Books it was considerably shorter- we added three chapters at the last minute. We know the types of stories that made Halls Creek kids tick. In the... More

Black Cockatoo and the Readings Children’s Book of the Year shortlist

Black Cockatoo and the Readings Children’s Book of the Year shortlist

We are so overwhelmed and excited to be shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Award 2019. Readings have been an amazing in helping share our book to the wider market. Soon after our launch in 2018 we made two of... More

Deadly Reads: Idea Jar

Deadly Reads: Idea Jar

Sorry all you mob… I’m doing a children’s book review again! The teacher in me couldn’t help it! So just click away from this page if you came here looking for some skutta Aboriginal YA book suggestions ;p Idea Jar-... More