Shortlist year: 
2022
Shortlist category: 
Children's literature
Published by: 
Scholastic Australia

About the book

Common Wealth by Gregg Dreise, Scholastic Australia

A picture book for older readers, from multi award-winning author and artist, Gregg Dreise – a proud descendant of the Kamilaroi and Euahlayi people.

This is a valuable resource for discussion about the importance of moving forward together as a nation, with truth and respect for our history and Traditional Custodians. It provides timely themes for National Sorry Day (26 May 2021) and NAIDOC Week including: First Nations history; Australian history; Australia Day; Australian anthem; unity; community.

A slam poetry persuasive and powerful vision of unity from award-winning First Nations creator Gregg Dreise. Passionate and peaceful, 'Common Wealth' is a compelling plea for a future of truth, togetherness and respect for our nation's deep history.

All that I'm wishing,
Is that you take a moment to listen . . .
You see, I'm on a mission,
to spread unity – not division.