As NAIDOC Week approaches, it’s the perfect time to introduce your early learning service to the rich cultural heritage and stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. One fantastic book that embodies the spirit of this week is “Nyingarn, Koorda, Djinanginy.”

  • Title: “Nyingarn, Koorda, Djinanginy
  • Authors: Charmaine Bennell and Cindy Garlett
  • Age Group: 5 years and above
  • Links to EYLF and MTOP
    • Learning Outcome 1 – Children have a strong sense of identity
    • Learning Outcome 3 – Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
    • Learning Outcome 5 – Children are effective communicators

“Nyingarn, Koorda, Djinanginy” is a bilingual book written in both Noongar Balardong and English, offering a unique opportunity for children to engage with Indigenous languages and culture. This beautifully illustrated story follows the adventure of the main character, Nyingarn, an echidna, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and learns an invaluable lesson about self-worth and the importance of surrounding oneself with people who truly appreciate and value us.

The narrative of Nyingarn’s journey is a powerful reminder of the importance of self-acceptance and confidence. As Nyingarn learns not to waste time impressing those who don’t see their true worth, children are encouraged to value themselves and seek relationships built on genuine respect and appreciation. This theme is especially relevant for early learners who are just beginning to navigate their social worlds.

Additionally, the bilingual nature of the book provides a wonderful educational opportunity. Children are not only exposed to the Noongar Balardong language but also have the chance to expand their vocabulary, hone their language skills and embrace diverse perspectives. This dual-language approach helps children appreciate the beauty and significance of Indigenous languages, fostering a sense of respect and inclusion.

Incorporating the book “Nyingarn, Koorda, Djinanginy” into your NAIDOC Week celebrations is a fantastic way to promote cultural understanding and emotional intelligence. It offers a meaningful and enjoyable way for children to learn about Indigenous culture and values, while also reflecting on important life lessons about self-worth and respect.

We hope you enjoy this book and find inspiration in Nyingarn’s story. Celebrating NAIDOC Week with enriching resources such as this helps pave the way for a more inclusive and understanding service.

If you are needing tips to celebrate this day of significance, check out some fun and meaningful ideas in our latest blog.

Happy reading! 📖