Somebody’s Land: Welcome to Our Country

Adam Goodes, Ellie Laing, David Hardy

An accessible picture book for young children that introduces First Nations’ history and the term ‘terra nullius’ to a general audience, from Australian of the Year, community leader and anti-racism advocate Adam Goodes and political adviser and former journalist Ellie Laing, with artwork by Barkindji illustrator David Hardy. For thousands and thousands of years, Aboriginal people lived in the land we call Australia. The land was where people built their homes, played in the sun, and sat together to tell stories. When the white people came, they called the land Terra Nullius. They said it was nobody’s land. But it was somebody’s land. Somebody’s Land is an invitation to connect with First Nations’ culture, to acknowledge the hurt of the past, and to join together as one community with a precious shared history as old as time. Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing’s powerful words and David Hardy’s pictures, full of life, invite children and their families to imagine themselves into Australia’s past – to feel the richness of our First Nations’ history, to acknowledge that our country was never terra nullius, and to understand what ‘welcome to our country’ really means.

Judge’s Comment

Somebody's Land: Welcome to Our Country is an outstanding resource that can be used in multiple ways within the classroom. Somebody's Land: Welcome to Our Country is an accessible and engaging picture book for young children that introduces First Nations history and the term 'terra nullius' to a students in the target audience. This resource supports teachers to address the cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can see themselves, their identities and their cultures reflected in the curriculum. It assists all students to engage in reconciliation, respect and recognition of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures. The book's language, the actions of participants and the tone of illustrations make it very engaging for students. It successfully allows students to imagine themselves into Australia's past – to feel the richness of our First Nations' histories, to acknowledge that our country was never terra nullius.

Winner, Educational Picture Book
Resource type
Student Resource
Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences
November 2021
Print only

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