Published 12 July, 2022 on Broadsheet by Sohani Goonetillake

Books chosen by Yawuru and Warumungu woman Melena Cole-Manolis.

Cuddling up with your little one for a story is a magical time for them. Books act as portals to new experiences, helping kids develop an appreciation for the world around them and the people they coexist with.

Children develop their sense of identity and perceptions of others from an early age. One recent Australian study suggests that books with diverse characters and storylines “can be a powerful tool for extending children’s knowledge and understandings of themselves and others who may be different culturally, socially or historically”.

Explore five wonderful books selected here.

Both Stolen Girl and Little Bird’s Day have units of work on Reading Australia.