Indigenous Literacy Day 2020

Published on 27 August 2020


Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD), is a national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy.

It is vital for young children to have access to books in their language. Seeing their way of life reflected in books ensures that cultural identity and connections to country remain strong.

Over 60% of Australian place names are of Aboriginal origin. Maribyrnong is an anglicised version of the Aboriginal term ‘Mirring-gnay-bir-nong’, which translates as 'I can hear a ringtail possum'.

To celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day, please join use for a special lunch time event. We invite you to attend a ILD’s YouTube Live Premiere event from the Sydney Opera House. Community members – from Tiwi Islands and Jilkminggan in the Northern Territory and Bidyadanga in Western Australia – will share delightful stories and the value of language.

If you’d like to learn more about the International Literacy Foundation and the fantastic work they do providing books and learning resources for children in remote communities, please head to their website.

Maribyrnong Libraries have a range of Indigenous eResources, including Borrow Box and Kanopy, which can be accessed here. Some of the recommended titles in the collection are below.


  • Welcome to Country: A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia by Marcia Langton
  • The Yield by Tara June Winch
  • Tell Me Why by Archie Roach
  • Carpentaria by Alexis Wright
  • My Place (adaped for Younger Readers) by Sally Morgan
  • Born-Again Blakfella by Jack Charles
  • Talking to My Country by Stan Grant
  • Kulinmaya! Keep Listening, Everybody! by Mumu Williams


  • Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko
  • Salt: Selected Stories and Essays by Bruce Pascoe
  • Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
  • Growing up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss 


  • Connection to Country
  • Goldstone
  • Jasper Jones
  • Spear
  • Ngangkari
  • Plus you can find more titles in “The First Australians” collection on the Kanopy app
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