Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country

Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy

Our Welcome to Country series features five accessible picture books that introduce young children to First Nations history in Australia. The series comes from Australian of the Year Adam Goodes, co-writer Ellie Laing, and Barkindji illustrator David Hardy.

Ceremony is the second title and is a joyful and fun picture book that celebrates the rich traditions of dance, family, community and caring for Country from the world’s oldest continuous culture.

Nangga! Nangga! Yakarti!
Tonight will be the Ceremony.

This book is a reflection of me. I'm incredibly hopeful. I choose to be positive, to help us heal as a nation. As a new father, with my daughter now approaching the age where she will start school, I'm so proud to be publishing a series of books about Australia's Indigenous history.'

- Adam Goodes

We would love this series to become a conversation starter for people young and old, to understand the importance of acknowledging Country, the truth about Australia's history, and the rich culture of the traditional custodians of the land we live in.

- Ellie Laing

Growing up, I never received any education around the concept of Terra Nullius or the Acknowledgement of Country. Somebody's Land was one of those stories where as soon as I read it, I thought - I have to do this.

- David Hardy

Non Fiction Picture Book

Adam Goodes, Ellie Laing & David Hardy

Adam Goodes is an Adnyamathanha and Narungga man and community leader. He was named Australian of the Year in 2014 for his public work in the fight against racism and his advocacy in First Nations affairs. Adam cofounded the GO Foundation, which supports and inspires the next generation of First Nations leaders.

Ellie Laing is a political adviser and former journalist and presenter.

David Hardy is a Barkindji man, author and artist with more than eight years of animation experience with Walt Disney Studios.

Allen & Unwin

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