This is a curated list of texts and recommended readings for outback teachers and teachers in remote communities. Australian teachers teaching First Nations students in rural or mainstream contexts may find the recommended books useful for their professional development and classroom reading.

Teacher Must Reads
Dark Emu (Bruce Pascoe, Magabala Books)
Be that teacher that makes a difference (Kylie Captain)
Why Warriors Lie Down and Die (Richard Trudgen, Why Warriors Pty Ltd)
Teaching Indigenous Students: Cultural Awareness and Classroom Strategies for Improved Outcomes (Thelma Perso and Coleen Haywood)
Welcome to Country: A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia (Marcia Langton, Explore Australia)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: An Introduction for the Teaching Profession (Kaye Price and Jessa Rogers, Cambridge University Press)
Two Way Teaching and Learning- Nola Purdie (Nola Purdie, ACER Press)
Strong and Smart – Toward a Pedagogy for Emancipation (Chris Sarra, Routledge)
Talking to my country (Stan Grant, Harper Collins)
Growing Up Indigenous: Developing Effective Pedagogy for Education and Development (Raymond Nicol, Sense Publishers)
Learning and Teaching in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (Harrison and Sellwood, Oxford University Press)
Pedagogies to Enhance Learning for Indigenous Students: Evidence-based Practice (Robyn Jorgensen, Peter Sullivan, Peter Grootenboer, Springer)
Numeracy in Authentic Contexts: Making Meaning Across the Curriculum (Maura Sellers, Springer)
Literacy Education and Indigenous Australians: Theory, Research and Practice (Jennifer Rennie and Helen Harper, Springer)
Indigenous Education in Australia: Learning and Teaching for Deadly Futures (Marnee Shay, Rhonda Oliver, Routledge)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: An Introduction for the Teaching Profession (Kaye Price, Cambridge University Press)
Social Determinants of Indigenous Health (Bronwyn Carson, Terry Dunbar, Richard Chenhall, Routledge)
Practical Reconciliation: Strengthening Relationships for All Australians in 7 Easy Steps (Munya Adrews and Carla Roberts, Australian Society of Authors)
The Little Red, Yellow and Black Book (AIATSIS and Bruce Pascoe, Aboriginal Studies Press)

High School Texts
Tracks of the Missing (Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler, Magabala Books)
Deadly, Unna? (Phillip Gwyne) and Nukkin Ya (Phillip Gwyne, Puffin)
The Binna Binna Man (Meme McDonald and Boori Monty Pryor, Allen and Unwin)
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia (Anita Heiss, Black Inc Books)
Calypso Summer (Jared Thomas)
Sweet Guy (Jared Thomas)
Songs that sound like blood (Jared Thomas)
Game Day: Patty Mills (Jared Thomas)
Shallow in the deep end (Jared Thomas)

Upper Primary Texts
Black Cockatoo (Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler, Magabala Books)
The Burnt Stick (Anthony Hill, Penguin)
Two Ways Strong: Jaz’s Story (Claire Scobie, Indigenous Literacy Foundation)
Fair Skin Black Fella (Renee Fogorty, Magabala Books)
Living on Stolen Land (Ambelin Kwaymullina,Magabala Books)
Flock: First Nations Stories of Then and Now (Ellen Van Neervan, UQP)
ABC DigiBook List of Interactive Texts

Lower Primary Texts
Young Dark Emu (Bruce Pascoe, Magabala Books)
Finding Our Heart (Thomas Mayer, Hardie Grant)
My Country (Ezekiel Kwaymullina and Sally Morgan, Fremantle Press)
Respect (Aunty Fay Muir, Magabala Books)
Coming Home to Country (Bronwyn Bancroft,Little Hare)
Welcome to Country (Lisa Kennedy, Black Dog Books)
My Culture and Me (Greg Dreise, Puffin)
Found (Bruce Pascoe, Magabala Books)
The Proudfoots (Lucas Proudfoot, MTA Resources)
My Deadly Boots (Hakea Hustler and Carl Merrison)

Not Australian First Nations- but would be engaging texts for remote First Nations readers
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie)


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Next Best Choice: Buy from an Australian online business

Other great option: Buy second hand

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** Texts in each category are often able to be read and studied by different cohorts of students but have been loosely grouped for ease of search.
** Some of these texts will be available for loan through university and local libraries, some are available second hand or direct from publisher. 
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