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Harmony Week 2021

Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. For more information, visit harmony.gov.au 

Here are some of our favourite children's books of 2021 that include themes of multiculturalism, inclusivity and kindness.

Activities for Harmony Week

Activity
Hello and Welcome activity pack

Yarma gurra dahn gooramay!

Book clubs
Listen, Layla Book Club Notes

Reading group discussion questions for ages 12+.

Video
Hello and Welcome by Gregg Dreise | Read aloud by author-illustrator Gregg Dreise

Buy now: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/hello-and-welcome-9781760898328 Feel the welcome as we celebrate Indigenous culture, Elders and future generations.

Activity
At home lesson: living in the best places with Aussie Kids

Aussie Kids features eight children who live in eight different places around the country.

Book clubs
Becoming: Adapted for Younger Readers

Book club discussion questions and teaching resources.

Video
Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP reads ROCKY AND LOUIE by Phil Walleystack, Raewyn Caisley and Dub Leffler

ROCKY AND LOUIE by Phillip Walleystack, Raewyn Caisley and Dub Leffler.

Activity
Aussie Kids activity pack

The pack that's jam-packed with fun activities!

Video
Aussie Kids authors share their favourite places in each state and territory

Get to know the eight authors and eight illustrators of Aussie Kids, a book series for beginner readers which explores the lives of children in all eight states and territories of Australia.

Video
The Hon. Kim Beazley AC reads ROCKY AND LOUIE by Phil Walleystack, Raewyn Caisley and Dub Leffler

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC is the Governor of Western Australia.

Activity
Zola activity pack

A beautiful activity pack for Melina Marchetta's new series, What Zola Did

Video
Aussie Kids series | Why do you like reading?

Authors and illustrators of the Aussie Kids series share why they enjoy reading books.

Q&A
Melina Marchetta on Zola

Melina Marchetta's new series is perfect for beginner readers.

Video
Aussie Kids series | What makes your state special?

From a NSW Zoo to a Victorian lighthouse, or an outback sheep farm in WA to a beach in QLD, this junior fiction series celebrates stories about children living in unique places in every state in Australia.

Activity
What Zola Did on Thursday activity pack

Colouring pages, word search and a spot-the-difference.

Activity
Aussie Kids: Meet Matilda at the Festival

Download a word search and colouring page.

Extract
Listen, Layla

‘The full moon rose over us,’ Layla sang, while she carefully joined two pieces of metal together in the broiling, cramped welding bay.

Book List
Refugee Week

Books to educate and reflect on the plight of refugees in Australia.

Extract
Aussie Kids: Meet Katie at the Beach

'Who wants to go to the beach for a swim?' said Dad.