• Year Levels 3–6
  • Curriculum ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
  • Subject Literacy
  • Resource Formats Print, Digital
  • Learning Focus First Nations, Shared reading, Guided reading

What it is

Created in partnership with the SharingStories Foundation, Sharing Our Stories features:

  • one First Nation community from each state or territory, including the Torres Strait Islands
  • a story illustrated by children from the local community which is presented in the community language
  • supporting Teacher Resource books
  • free support materials including videos and learning activities.

How it helps


Engages with visual art: Each title features illustrations by children from local communities, which help to bring the stories to life.

Provides insight through real stories: Learners absorb important messages through real stories featuring quotes, photos and artwork from both children and elders within First Nation communities.


Offers flexible resources: This series supports shared and guided reading, boosts comprehension and critical literacy skills and can also be incorporated into Humanities and Social Sciences lessons.

Provides extensive teacher support: The series provides lesson plans, discussion ideas, videos, songs, samples of the original language and activities.

What it includes

Learn more about the resources included in Sharing Our Stories.


Sharing Our Stories books

There are 2 series with 6 titles in each series focusing on one First Nation community from each state or territory. Each title includes:

  • a unique story shared by the local community with important messages
  • stunning illustrations by children from the local community
  • the story retold in the community’s local language.


Teacher Resources

Each series has one Teacher Resource book which contains:

  • background notes about the content of each book
  • lesson plans, ideas for discussion and activities, including blackline masters
  • audio CD with narrated stories from the books and songs*
  • samples of the original language in which the stories are told.

*Please ensure you have a device that will play this CD before purchase.

Support videos


View films from the eight communities featured in Sharing Our Stories Series 2.

Support videos

The Danger Seed, Western Australia

A short film from the Karajarri community, located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. 

Support videos

Djulpan, Northern Territory

A short film from the Yolngu community, located in the Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

Support videos

The Story of Girbar, Torres Strait

A short film from the Saibai community, located on the island of Saibai in the Torres Strait.

Support videos

Miiku and Tinta, Queensland

A short film from the Lockheart River community, located north of Cairns in Queensland.

Support videos

The Moon and the Gecko, New South Wales

A short film from the Paakantji country, which includes Wilcannia on the Darling River in New South Wales.

Support videos

Yulu’s Coal, South Australia

A short film from Adnyamathanha country, located in the northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia.

Support videos

Bunjil the Eagle, Victoria

A short film from Jarra country, located in western-central Victoria.

Support videos

The Creation of Trowenna, Tasmania

A short film from the Neunone people of Bruny Island, located off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania.

Recipient of Pro Bono Australia’s Innovator Award

Celebrating the work of Liz Thompson

The Sharing Our Stories series was created by Liz Thompson, winner of the Judges Award for Innovator in the 2021 Pro Bono Impact Awards. This award recognised her work with Indigenous communities in the recording and sharing of cultural knowledge and stories.

Read more about Liz's work

Sharing Our Stories

Review by Deryn Mansell of VALBEC's 'Fine Print'

"There is a lot to learn — for teachers as well as students — from all of the books in Sharing Our Stories."

Read the review

Samples & downloads

Explore learning activities and sample pages to get more out of Sharing Our Stories.

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