We were so luck to have the deadly Luke Carroll join us for a special story-telling session during our online NAIDOC celebrations!

The Play School presenter read stories supplied by our friends at the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which was live-streamed on YouTube Live.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a national book industry charity dedicated to lifting literacy levels in remote Indigenous communities, so all children across Australia have equal choices and opportunities.

See Luke’s wonderful story-telling session below!

The three books that Luke read are:

Can You Dance? Written by Sally Morgan and illustrated by Kathy Arbon.

Written by one of Australia’s best loved authors, this board book will get toddlers and pre-schoolers up off their feet following the actions of the animals featured in the book.

They’ll soon be flapping their arms like a scary magpie’s wings, stomping their feet like a cheeky wombat and dancing like a silly lizard, along with the actions of five other animals.

Beautifully illustrated by Kathy Arbon, this book will soon become a family favourite as everyone shows how they can dance!

Karen Manbulloo with her book Moli det Bigibigi.

Moli det Bigibigi (Molly the Pig) Written by Karen Manbulloo and illustrated by the Binjari Buk Mob.

Written in Kriol and English, this is the story of Moli, a little pig who is rescued from the bush. She’s taken back to the community where she finds a happy home, apart from the local dogs who keep chasing and frightening her.

Moli is greatly loved in her community but what she loves most is Weet-Bix. She loves it so much that it’s not too long before little Moli is a very big pig indeed. So big, she now chases and frightens the local dogs. All in good fun, of course.

The illustrations are an absolute delight and watching Moli grow and grow and grow will bring a smile to readers’ faces and outright laughter at the end.

Wamparla Apira (Possums and Tall Trees) Written by Syd Strangways and illustrated by Kathy Arbon.

Told in Arabana and English by Elder Thanthi Syd Strangways, this fascinating story is beautifully illustrated by Kathy Arbon and is also an important addition to the Arabana Wangka or language resources for the Arabana people of norther South Australia.

As a child, Thanti Syd travelled the region with his grandmother and other Arabana people, camping and hunting for possums for food and clothing.

This year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, recognises the First Nations people who have occupied and cared for this country for over 65,000 years.

To read more about this important theme click here.

Head to ncie.org.au/naidoc2020 for more info on NAIDOC at NCIE 2020.

This event is proudly supported by City of Sydney.

Big thanks also to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation for supporting this event with incredible First Nations stories.