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Shortlisted for 2020 Environment Award for Children’s Literature : Picture Fiction Category

In this stunning picture book beautifully given form by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy, respected Elder Aunty Joy Murphy and Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly tell the story of one day in the life of the vital, flourishing Birrarung (Yarra river).

As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem warreen. Wilam – home.

Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly joins award-winning picture book duo Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy to tell the Indigenous and geographical story of Melbourne’s beautiful Yarra river, from its source to its mouth; from its pre-history to the present day.

  • An ode to Australian rivers, the flora and fauna that live on them, and the function they perform as a part of modern day life.
  • Wilam brings Aboriginal life, culture and language right in to the heart of the city.
  • From an award-winning team of the bestselling Welcome to Country, and Yarra Riverkeeper and award-winning author Andrew Kelly.

A lyrical book which revels in all things swirly and squelchy, and explores northern Australian animals and landscapes as well as indigenous art.

Splosh for the billabong at shady bend of river. Brush for the flowers that burst in summer heat.

A glorious celebration of country, animals and painting, illustrated by Balarinji, Australia's leading Indigenous design studio.

Ros Moriarty, author of the acclaimed memoir Listening to Country, is also the founder of Indi Kindi early literacy education.




Hansa is renowned the world over for it’s true to life recreations of the worlds most loved animals.

This gorgeous Platypus full-body Hand puppet is from the Australian Native collection and has been carefully hand crafted in partnership with wildlife experts and brought to life with meticulous attention to detail.

This platypus has been recreated with luxuriously soft faux fur covering its body, textured fabric with expert airbrush shading perfectly capturing the contours of the platypus’s bill and webbed feet.

This platypus’s beautiful eyes are showcased with hand trimmed light fabric inserts, making her simply irresistible as the perfect gift for friends, family or even yourself!


The Koori Curriculums Turtle Finger Puppet is a great low cost affordable prop that can be used in multiple ways to embed Aboriginal perspectives in play and in early childhood curriculums. This resource is open ended and the possibilities for play are endless. We recommend using the turtle Finger puppet to make reading and language group experiences engaging and fun for young children.

Tip: We have made list of our favourite books that embed an Aboriginal perspective that we recommend pairing with our Australian animal finger puppet range. You that view this here

The Turtle Finger Puppet is suitable for use as a :

  • Resource to use during play in a construction area
  • Prop in small world dramatic play
  • Puppet in dramatic play
  • Resource for a puppet show
  • Resource in an Australian animal interest/learning station
  • Provocation on art table
  • Prop for singing songs

DIMENSIONS:Length: 12cm, Width: 5cm
Perfect for ages 4 and up




Patterns of Australia - Bronwyn Bancroft

Patterns of Australia represents a series of Australian landscapes and habitats in “patterns”, as seen through the eyes of acclaimed indigenous artist Bronwyn Bancroft.

Each landscape contains animals, birds, plants and flowers particular to that landscape hidden within it, accompanied by text evoking the place and listing the things to find. The book is designed to give children—and adults—an opportunity to see the Australian environment in a new way, as they discover that there is so much more to see around us if we only look!

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