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A story about three unlikely friends who find connection By children from Lightning Reef Early Learning Centre A fox who can run superfast, a dinosaur who gives his babies piggybacks and cuddles, and a duck who likes to play football …

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By the children and families of Hume Valley School. Experience the Hume Valley School journey of food from around the world. Chop, cut, fry, bake, boil, sizzle and steam your way to the most delish food from different cultures. You …

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Dijan stori im bla bets langa Beswick en Waterfall. Det mob biginini bin kilim det mob bets. Sambala bets dei blakwan en brounwan en dey trabul roun langa dis komyunidi. Dei go bak naitaim en kaman moningtaim. This story is …

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Dreaming up adventures is what we like to do … Do you daydream too? Thinking Up, Dreaming Up Places Unknown was written and illustrated by The Croxton Multi-Age Allstars at Croxton School – A multi-campus specialist school in Northcote, Melbourne. Published …

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Too Much Bats was created at Wugularr School, Katherine, and Ghunmarn Cultural Centre, Beswick (Wugularr) with artists from Djilpin Arts and facilitated by puppeteer Jenny Ellis. Over five days of workshops in April 2016, every child in the school contributed …

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Stories of Bhutanese refugees’ transition from Bhutan to Nepal and their new home, Australia. Written and illustrated by students & families of Murray High School. ISBN 978-1-925077-46-9 All proceeds from sales of this book go to the Bhutanese Association Albury …

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Think of all the different places that you’ve been, the places you might go, and the place you are right now. Do you have a favourite place? If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Join us in our …

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Healing Stories by the Parents and Children of Darebin and Melton VACCA Koorie Kids Playgroup. The parents felt strongly about creating a book to share with community that reflected the importance of coming together, sharing culture and passing this on to …

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Murray is an ibis who lives at Lake Craigmuir, but when his nest is burned in a fire, he finds himself on an adventure around the world. This project was supported by Newsboys Foundation, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and has been assisted …

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In My Kingdom is a wonderful sequel to Donkeys Can’t Fly on Planes. The books have evolved out of years of trust and engagement. The extraordinary illustrations, blazing with creativity, freedom and colour, provide a counterpoint to the more harrowing …

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RRP: $22

The South Sudanese community is one of many refugee communities that were forced to leave their homeland because of civil war, coming to Australia for safety and to build a new life. In a sense we are straddling two cultures …

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Let’s go to school … find out how we get there! By the children at Nar Nar Goon Kindergarten. Published by Kids’ Own Publishing, 2015. ISBN 978-1-925077-41-4

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2013 –14 has been a year of branching out. After establishing strong roots through our publishing work in communities over the past few years, we focussed on spreading our message into the public domain and evaluating the impact of our …

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“We made this book because we have good words to say and we have fun at kinder.” “It’s important to write the book so people will know about kinder.” The Barwon Heads Kindergarten Committee created this book to help celebrate …

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A group of adults with a disability. A group of young children. Add plenty of artists & imagination. Mix them up and spread around the Abbotsford Convent and beyond in the City of Yarra. Make, sing, play & chat, in …

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Do you need a break? Have you ever dreamed of going to a different planet? Now you can, with Interplanetarial Teleportation. One of the hottest (and coldest) planets, the number one rated planet in the galaxy is… SAGITARIUS!! By students …

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“Sometimes we all feel a little scared, afraid, worried or nervous. But a little birdie told me… All it takes is some helpful advice from a friend, a cuddle or a big deep breath to make us feel a whole …

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Heartfelt “Once upon a time there was a sad little girl who ran away into the forest and there her journey began.” Artwork and words by Year 5/6 children from Ascot Vale West Primary School. Published by Kids’ Own Publishing, …

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“Join our adventurers on their journey to Mystery Island. Along the way there will be fires, planes, dolphins and a feeling tree. What will happen? Will they make it?” Artwork and words by Year 3/4 children from Ascot Vale West …

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“Worms like going underground. They go inside the garden. Worms can wiggle themselves in the mud and live where worms live.” This is a book about worms, very wiggly worms – a story told in the voice of the pre-school …

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Spreading the Message is a creative arts project that brought together a group of young Aboriginal people from Geelong to tell their stories to the broader community in May 2014. Some of their stories illustrate the experiences of daily life …

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“We are so happy when we meet at ArtPlay to play, make books together and sing our favourite rhymes. So when you’re happy and you know it, come and rhyme along with us!” By children and parents from Art & …

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“I like to look out of my hospital window. Sometimes I see a bright colourful butterfly flapping just outside. She flutters up and she flutters down. When she turns around to fly back into the parkland, I decide to follow …

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RRP: $16.50

All titles in this series were created as part of the 3-year project Recipe for Community, which brought pre-school children from the University of Melbourne Early Learning Centre together with adults of differing abilities from Interact Arts to connect via …

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RRP: $82.50

A selection of cookbooks compiled and illustrated by children with the recipes they love to eat, but also including one title for children who don’t like to eat. Children on the autism spectrum often experience food negatively. ‘Play Picnic’ gave …

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RRP: $66

Books made by indigenous young people from communities all over Australia that celebrate culture, address issues of cultural identity and explore cultural traditions and story telling. Kids & Me 978-0-9874290-2-5 The Royal Children’s Hospital Who is Your Mob? 978-1-925077-01-8 The …

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Titles created predominantly by pre-schoolers from across Victoria, focusing on a range of topics that young children are just discovering: play, new words, new feelings, creativity, story telling, the environment and more. ‘Happy’ 978-1-925077-23-0 ‘A Life in the Space’ 978-1-925077-21-6 …

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RRP: $181.50

Titles published in Dinka, Nuer, Somali, Mandarin and Arabic. These publications empower culturally and linguistically diverse communities to share stories in their mother tongue. Some books address transitioning to life in Australia whilst still acknowledging the importance of home. ‘Donkey’s …

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RRP: $154.00

… And so many things! by children and parents from the Karen Family Playgroup. Booked in Hooked In is a literacy project developed by Kids’ Own Publishing for facilitated playgroups to engage parents and children in shared learning through making …

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The Places We Go By children and parents from the Rosewall, Cox Road & Tots on Plume Playgroups Booked in Hooked In is a literacy project developed by Kids’ Own Publishing for facilitated playgroups to engage parents and children in …

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A puppetry project and book by Wugularr children and community BuwaBori (River Boy) is the story of a boy and a river. One day the river became dirty, so the boy decided that he needed to find out why. So …

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RibaBoi, by Wugularr children and community Dijan stori im bla wanbala boi en wanbala riba. Wandei, jad riba bin gamat dardiwan, en jad boi bin wandi faindat wotfo. Imin wok longgeswei, folorombat jad woda. Wen imin wokwokbat, ola enimul en …

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A puppetry book by Wugularr children and community. This is the story of a boy and a river. One day the river became dirty, so the boy decided that he needed to find out why. So he walked and he …

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A life in the space By children at North Melbourne Children’s Centre We are the kinder room 
at North Melbourne 
Children’s Centre We are bridges we are butterflies we are a moon we are fairies we are superheroes we are …

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Every Tuesday afternoon, kids from Carlton Homework Club came together to be part of making this amazing book. We wrote interesting little stories about our families’ journeys to Australia. This book is about how it feels to leave your country …

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Who is your mob? Where are you from? Kids from different places and different mobs all around Victoria come to The Royal Children’s Hospital. What do they find when they get here? Come and explore the hospital with a group …

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We made a book for you With paint, love and glue We hope you like it too As we really do. It’s all about Melbourne City And its surrounds – so pretty Our Playgroup met at ArtPlay Making books along …

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Kids’ Own Publishing 2013 Annual Review In this review we tell you five stories from the year that represent the core values of our work. Powerful stories of refugees coming to Australia, life-changing experiences for Indigenous children in Victoria and …

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A story told by the Cockatoo Leapfrogs We are the Leapfrogs. We are going on a big adventure, with our bodies and our feet. It all starts at our Cockatoo Kindergarten and the tree house we’ve imagined in our forest. …

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By children from Richmond West Primary School & Abbotsford Primary School One fateful morning, on the corner of Lennox, Victoria and Nicholson streets, Bob the monkey and Arop the sea urchin collided in their cars due to an incredible, dazzling …

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Play Picnic By Kalparrin’s Play Picnic Kids Stop  Start playing with your food! At Play Picnic we’ve been mashing and munching, slicing and slurping, and having fantastic foodie fun. We particularly loved making and playing with different kinds of dough. …

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Rainbow River By our community of children and adults Rainbow River is a book by a unique group of friends who meet once a week to create artwork and make stories together. With the theme of the river and the …

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How Not to Fix a Car : the adventures of Bob and Arop By children from Richmond West Primary School & Abbotsford Primary School One fateful morning, on the corner of Lennox, Victoria and Nicholson streets, Bob the monkey and …

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A Bunch of Jitterbugs By the children of Cockatoo We love to boogie, Jitterbug boogie, and sing and make things, and luah and run and play all day. We love to boogie because we’re JITTERBUGS! Children and parents meet at …

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The day it rained in Coober Pedy By the children of the Coober Pedy Area School When it rained in Coober Pedy, something very unusual happened…What will happen to the rock monsters? Children from Coober Pedy Area School created alien …

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In the Sea By children from South Australia’s far west coast What can you see in the sea? Sharks, fish, starfish, turtles, whales and squid. What else can you see? Open the book and find out. Children from Ceduna Area …

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If a robot could clean impeccably, immaculately… If a robot could farm with prestigious precision… if a robot could design with artistic awesomeness…if a robot could compete with sensational skill… Which robot would you choose? Once upon a time the …

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In the Future By the Children from Wudinna Area School Children from Wudinna Area School created dioramas and artwork to tell us what they wanted from the future – from the futuristic pet aliens and flying cars, to the enduring …

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Donkeys Can’t Fly on Planes is a very special book. A collection of 25 true stories of survival written by young South Sudanese refugees who, with their families, have found a new home in Australia. With the help of dedicated …

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So you think you know Bunyips? Read our book to find out more about them. Made by the kids of Bunyip Out of School Hours Care with Kids’ Own Artist Hart Ely-Faulks as part of the Cardinia Shire Best Start …

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What happens when you ask toddlers to come up with a number? The Koowee Minnows playgroup came up with The D-Elephant-3 Express, and lots of rhymes to sing and share. Stars and spiders and trains and rowers, teddy bears around …

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It’s true what they say: when you have kids your heart walks outside your body. Nothing can really prepare you for being a mum…but having support makes it easier. Our best advice is, ‘accept support!!!’ Here are some songs we …

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Cook ‘n’ Book gives families a reason to spend a morning together at Venus Bay Community Centre, Victoria. We sit side-by-side as we slice, mix and fold, talking about or children, our lives or just about what we did on …

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This book was made by children and families who attended workshops at libraries in Pakenham and Emerald , Victoria. The children made pictures from felt, buttons and their own drawings. They ask, Do you think Zero’s the Hero? Is First …

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This book was made by children and families who attended workshops at libraries in Pakenham and Emerald , Victoria. The children made pictures from felt, buttons and their own drawings. They ask, Do you think Zero’s the Hero? Is First …

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Published by Kids’ Own Publishing, 2012. 978-0-9874290-2-5

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It’s not different to them, it’s different to us. What is cultural diversity? What does your culture look like? What do cultures share? Young people at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne looked at their own cultural backgrounds and the …

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Created by Dunwich State School & Secondary Department grade 6 & 7 students, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland. This publication was developed by Volunteering Queensland as part of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Natural Disaster Resilience Project.   Published by Kids’ …

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Children and parents from Sassella Park Playgroup explored their world at home and what they do when they come to circus by making a book with Kids’ Own artist, Ailsa Wild.   This book is one of a series developed …

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This book was made during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2011. Children were invited to contribute their favourite ‘family food’ recipes and to work with Kids’ Own artist Briony Barr and Sue deGennaro to create amazing illustrations that tell …

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This book was made by a group of children and adults who spent a term learning circus and puppetry. With Kids’ Own artist, Alex Hilvert the families from Sassella Park Playgroup told the story of what tricks they can do …

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A book created with under fives at Melbourne City Children’s Centre working with artist Briony Barr to explore being in this world and making use of each day and night as a time for learning, playing, sharing and growing… and …

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This book is an awesome survival guide with everything you need to know about how to get through school. Made by kids from Wooranna Park and Debney Meadows Primary Schools with Kids’ Own artists Kathy Howloko and Ailsa Wild.   …

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Do fish sleep? Do they have a sense of smell? How do they communicate? Dive into these pages and need the interesting inhabitants of the Royal Children’s Hospital Aquarium.   This project was a partnership between Kids’ Own Publishing and …

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This book was made by children and families from a circus playgroup at the West Sunshine Community Centre. With Kids’ Own artist, Ailsa Wild, they created this story of hula hooping, flying, making art and smiling! This book is one …

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A book written and illustrated by Aboriginal children as part of a school holiday program for Victorian Aboriginal children. The children’s stories, poems, reflections and mixed media illustrations were a response to the traditional stories, dancing and art work that …

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Sometimes you need a little help to see what is all around you. We used a special look cup to see. What can you notice here? This book was made by under 5s from the Central Carlton Children’s Centre. This …

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Join Amy and her cat, Taiar on a magical island adventure. What choices would you make? Choose from two different endings to the story! This book was made through Concern Australia’s LiveWires program in partnership with the Collingwood Neighbourhood Justice …

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Come and play with my big red fire engine, play hide and seek, play at my house! This book was made by children at the Fitzroy Toy Library. This project was conducted by the Save the Children Fitzroy Toy Library. …

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This book was created by young children and parents from the Sudanese ‘Early Learning is Fun’ group at Sacred Heart Primary School. Over a five-week period Kids’ Own artist Briony Barr facilitated book and art making activities which promoted literacy …

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This book was created by young children and parents from the Sudanese ‘Early Learning is Fun’ group at Sacred Heart Primary School. Over a five-week period Kids’ Own artist Briony Barr facilitated book and art making activities which promoted literacy …

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This book was created by young children and parents from the Sudanese ‘Early Learning is Fun’ group at Sacred Heart Primary School. Over a five-week period Kids’ Own artist Briony Barr facilitated book and art making activities which promoted literacy …

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This book was written and illustrated by children living in Fitzroy, Melbourne. In the 2011 Autumn school holidays children aged 3-14 years came to the Fitzroy Library to make books. With help from a team of Kids’ Own artists, lead …

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Fitzroy got swag. Fitzroy got wolves, little rappers, a cursed statue and a Barcelona forward. Fitzroy got iPad art and a bunch of stories worth reading. This book was made by the crew of kids who dropped in at the …

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This was a collaborative project of the grade 5/6’s at Debney Meadows and Calrton Primary School, inner Melbourne. Our experienced reporters have been out on the streets uncovering the latest news, our photographers are always on the scene to capture …

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Sometimes you need a little help to see what is all around you. We used a special look cup to see. What can you notice here? Waxaan ku soo basaasay ishayda yar (I Spy with My Little Eye) was made by …

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Have you ever wished upon a circus? Do you like making art, eating food, learning circus tricks, reading and having fun? Find out how a group of Burmese children and parents from The Sunshine Salvation Army and Isis Primary Care …

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This book is full of recipes for making community. The recipes might surprise you – they have some unusual ingredients, like friends, voices, instruments, socks, leaves, trees and parachutes! This book was made by children from the City of Melbourne’s Early …

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This book was made by the students of Euston Public School, Robinvale P-12 and St Maru’s P-8 School. The great Murray River geographically separates the two towns where these students live, but they come together to make one community, and …

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One of two books in Tetun produced as part of a training program with four delegates from Timor Leste, working with Kids’ Own Publishing to learn about publishing with children families and communities. The group worked with families from Timor …

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This book was made by the Aboriginal students of Guthrie Street Primary School, Shepparton. They say, “this is a story about when we went to the bush. It is about what we learned about Aboriginal culture and what it’s like …

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This story and illustrations were created by children from the University of Melbourne’s Early Learning Centre. The book was created as part of a centre-wide exploration of Antarctic for the L’Eta Verde Project. L’Eta’ Verde is an organisation based in …

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