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Ceremony Teaching Notes

Updated: Jun 9, 2022

Today, I would like to acknowledge the Yuggera people as the Traditional Owners of the beautiful land I am standing on today. From the mountains to the river, I open my heart and my eyes as I walk this land, listening, learning and caring for Country. I want to extend this respect to Elders; past, present and emerging and to all First Nations peoples reading this post today. We are all remembered here.


Written by Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing

Illustrated by David Hardy

Published by Allen & Unwin


Ceremony is the second book in the Welcome to Our Country series and is an author collaboration between; Adnyamathanha and Narungga man, AFL legend, and Australian of the year - Adam Goodes, and political advisor, former journalist, and presenter - Ellie Laing.

The stunningly illustrated double page spreads, are the incredibly iconic work of David Hardy; a proud Barkindji man, author, and experienced Walt Disney Animation Cartoonist, whose captivating illustrations always resonate with his young audience.

Ceremony is a such a poetically fun and truly beautiful hardcover First Nations children's book, that encompasses First Nations culture and knowledge through the celebration of the change of seasons. It shares with its readers an understanding of First Nations ways of; knowing, being and belonging, at a level that will forever set our student's and children's hearts alight.

The cheekiness, love and connection to Community that we were able to feel through the text and illustrations on every page, really resonated with my daughter and I and will welcome you and your students in, to be apart of the journey and celebration.

You and your students will adore how Adnyamathanha language, has been artfully woven into the heart of the text and there is also an incredible visual language glossary at the front and the back, to support both you and your students all throughout the book. This is great for when we have our kiddos on the floor for modelled reading, because it is so easy to access from either end, especially when we are holding up the book for our class to see. Plus, it is very visual, which is always great in supporting our little learners in their language development.

Ceremony is best suited for students in early childhood through to year 3 (4 - 8 years old) and can be easily embedded into your english, mathematics, history, geography, or art programs.

Three resources that I think are a must have to go with Ceremony are of course, the;

🔗 AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia: to locate as a class Adnyamathanha, Narungga and Barkindji Country

🔗 My free Ceremony book label (keep reading down to find this free resource)

Country, people and language links:

🔗 Narungga

Suitable for:

Children aged 4 to 8 years old (Early Childhood - year 3)


English, mathematics, history, geography, science, the arts

Themes / related topics:

First Nations culture, family, ceremony, belonging, Community, tradition, Adnyamathanha language

Free Book Label Download - Ceremony book label with QR code

Print out this free Ceremony book label and glue it in your copy of Ceremony. Scan it whenever you need to see matching resources, teaching notes and any other resources or information related to this incredible title.

Free Ceremony Book Label
Download PDF • 587KB

My First Nations Collections and Teacher Resources Finder:

My Teacher Resource Finder is an ever growing collection of First Nations teaching resources and sustainability teaching resources, that I have grouped into easy to understand categories for you to use in your classrooms and embed into your programs. Some of the topics related to Ceremony would include:

  • Seasons

  • Family

  • Australian animals

More First Nations children's books about seasons:

More First Nations children's books about family:

More books by Adam Goodes:

More books by David Hardy:

ISBN  9781761065064

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Hi there

I was interested in your free resources for Ceremony but all the links are to Charlie's Swim.

thought you might like to know.

best wishes


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