A Guide for Parents and Carers: Somebody’s Land by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, Illustrated by David Hardy

A Guide for Parents and Carers: Somebody’s Land by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, Illustrated by David Hardy
About Somebody’s Land

Somebody’s Land is an invitation to connect with First Nations culture, to acknowledge the hurt of the past, and to join together as one community with a precious shared history as old as time.

The story told by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, together with David Hardy’s pictures, full of life, invite children and their families to imagine themselves into Australia’s past – to feel the richness of our First Nations history, to acknowledge that our country was never terra nullius, and to see the impact of colonisation from a First Nations perspective.

The creators and publishers hope the book will be a prompt for people to take a deeper interest in First Nations rights and issues and explore the many other books, documentaries and films that are available.

About the Art Style 

Creative license has been taken with regard to historical accuracy, and clothing; other details reflect the sensibilities of a contemporary audience. The settings are general, depicting the tropical north, central Australia, and scenes that reference colonial artworks in other states.

The Welcome to Our Country Series

Welcome to Our Country is a five-book series designed to connect young children, parents and carers with First Nations history and cultures. The second book in the series, Ceremony is a joyful celebration of an ancient, and ongoing, tradition. It will be released in April 2022.

Continue reading the printable guide for parents and carers here…

Buy a copy of Somebody’s Land here. 

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A Vibrant Conversation Starter: Read Our Review of Welcome to Our Country: Somebody’s Land by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, Illustrated by David Hardy

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23 November 2021

A Vibrant Conversation Starter: Read Our Review of Welcome to Our Country: Somebody’s Land by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, Illustrated by David Hardy

Publisher details

Welcome to Our Country: Somebody's Land
Authors
Adam Goodes, David Hardy, Ellie Laing
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
02 November, 2021
ISBN
9781760526726

Synopsis

An accessible picture book for young children that introduces First Nations history and the term 'terra nullius' to a general audience, from Australian of the Year, community leader and anti-racism advocate Adam Goodes and political adviser and former journalist Ellie Laing, with artwork by Barkindji illustrator David Hardy.Somebody's Land is an invitation to connect with First Nations culture, to acknowledge the hurt of the past, and to join together as one community with a precious shared history as old as time.Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing's powerful words and David Hardy's pictures, full of life, invite children and their families to imagine themselves into Australia's past - to feel the richness of our First Nations' history, to acknowledge that our country was never terra nullius, and to understand what 'welcome to our country' really means.
Ellie Laing
About the author

Ellie Laing

Ellie Laing (nee Southwood) is a communications professional, and former political advisor and journalist, who lives on the lands of the Gammeraygal people on the northern beaches of Sydney with her husband and two sons. When Ellie's eldest son Harvey came home from preschool reciting Acknowledgements of Country and singing Aboriginal lullabies, she was inspired to collaborate with Adam Goodes on a series of books aimed at helping families with young children to talk about Australia's First Nations history. She is currently completing studies in Traditional Aboriginal Cultures.

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Adam Goodes
About the author

Adam Goodes

Adam Goodes is an Adnyamathanha and Narungga man and community leader. He is a former Australian Rules footballer, having achieved the greatest heights in the game, and was named Australian of the Year in 2014 for his public work in the fight against racism and his advocacy in First Nations affairs. Together with his cousin Michael O'Loughlin, Adam founded the GO Foundation, which supports and inspires the next generation of First Nations leaders. With a diploma in Aboriginal Studies and his own daughter approaching preschool age, Adam was motivated to publish a series of books for young children and families about Australia's First Nations history.

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David Hardy
About the author

David Hardy

David Hardy is an Indigenous artist, with over 8 years of feature film animation experience with Walt Disney Animation Studios. David is also an author and illustrator of his own book series with Magabala Books, Alfie’s Search for Destiny and Alfie’s Big Wish. David has also illustrated other book titles such as On the Way to Nanas, Beatbox Brothers and The Proud Foots, Shaka Shaka Hawaii. He lives in Sydney with his wife May and two kids Caden and Summer.

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