Shortlist year: 
2020
Shortlist category: 
Children's literature
Published by: 
Magabala Books

About the book

'Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines' by Jasmine Seymour, Illustrated by Freya Leanne Mulgo Watson
Winner

'Cooee Mittigar', meaning 'Come Here Friend', is an invitation to 'yana' (walk), on Darug Country. In this stunning picture book, Darug creators Jasmine Seymour and Leanne Mulgo Watson tell a story on Darug Songlines, introducing children and adults-alike to Darug 'Nura' (Country) and language.

Greeted by Mulgo, the black swan, readers are welcomed to 'Nura'. Journeying through the seasons, Mulgo describes the land, skyscape, birds, animals and totems. It is a gentle guide to how Darug people read the seasons, knowing when it is time to hunt and time to rest.