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WINNER, 2023 PRIME MINISTER’S LITERARY AWARDS, CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
SHORTLISTED, 2023 KARAJIA AWARD FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
NOTABLE, 2023 CHILDREN'S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS, PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR
SHORTLISTED, 2023 NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS, INDIGENOUS WRITERS' PRIZE
From the award-winning creator of Baby Business (2019) and Cooee Mittigar (2019) comes a stunning bilingual story of healing and belonging.
Told in English and Dharug, Open Your Heart to Country is a moving account of re-connection to Country from a First Nations perspective. Sharing the nourishing power of returning home and being immersed in the language of Country, this picture book invites readers to reflect on the importance of place, not only for First Nations’ peoples but for everyone.
With exquisite illustrations and soft, lilting text, Open Your Heart to Country appeals to the very young, while sharing a deeper message for older readers. A book the whole family can enjoy.
“This is a visually stunning picture book… I was drawn to each character, deep in concentration in their connection to Country while they swim, dance and perceive the world around them.”
– Clare Millar, bookseller at Readings Online