We also set out together to find age-appropriate books and resources to learn more about the stolen generation. The following are the books that we had found and read either at our local library or have brought online that have helped us learn more about the stolen generation.
Remembered by Heart: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing forward by Sally Morgan is a collection of fifteen true stories about the diverse range of Aboriginal Australian experiences as a result of the devastating stolen generation.
Stories for Simon written by Lisa Miranda Sarzin is a story about a boy called Simon who learns about the national apology to the stolen generation, who were the stolen generation and how saying sorry can help.
No Stars to Wish on by Zana Fraillon is a story about a young boy who lives in a orphanage and longs to be united with his mother, sister and grandmother back home. Although this book is more about the Forgotten Generation, children of migrants who were put into institutional care, you can still see the similarities experienced by both groups.
Audrey’s Big Secret by Christine Harris is a chapter book of a story about Audrey’s outback adventure when she finds a young Aboriginal girl her own aged named Janet. Janet had run away from a mission and together they think of a way to keep Janet from being taken again.
Pilawuk: When I was young by Janeen Brian is a story about the life of a young Aboriginal girl who was part of the stolen generation.
Orphaned by the Colour of My Skin: A Stolen Generation Story by Mary Terszak is a autobiography account of Indigenous woman and her search for her family, community and her identity. This book would be good for older readers (ages 10+).
The Burnt Stick by Anthony Hill is a chapter book about John Jagamarra who grew up at the Pearl Bay Mission for Aboriginal children in the far north-west. This story tells of the pain of separation and the strength of the human spirit that is truly inspirational.
- Stolen Generation: A Short Story by Shari McGriff
- A Rape of the Soul So Profound: The Return of the Stolen Generation by Peter Read
- Shadow Child: A memorise of the stolen generation by Rosalise Fraser
- A Boy’s Short Life: The True Story of Warren Braedon / Louis Johnson by Anna Haibich
- Saltwater Fella: An Inspiring True Story of Success against All Odds by John Moriarty
- Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice by Quentin Beresford
I would love to know if you have come across other books or resources about The Stolen Generation that are not listed here. Leave a comment with your information at the end of this post so others can see too. More resources about Australian Aboriginals can be found on my pinterest board.
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