Indigenous children at the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre have two new books to read in class.
What make these books special is that they are both written entirely in palawa kani, an amalgamation of Indigenous languages that have survived through written documents.
The children are part of TACINC's after school youth programs pakana kitina and pakana-rippana.
Youth and palawa kani language worker Rosetta Thomas said the fact the children wrote and illustrated the books was absolutely wonderful.
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"It's very exciting that the children themselves have created a resource for language learning that can be used in our community for a very long time," she said.
"It's important for our children to lean palawa kani; it reconnects us to our Old People, country, heritage and culture."
One of the books, titled yula kipli, tells the story of the pupils and their trip to truwana [Cape Barren Island], according to 14-year-old after school pupil Skye Cox.
"yula kipli is based off when we went to truwana and we wanted to make a book about it, we thought it would be easy and a good learning book," Skye said.
The book uses paintings by 2018 NAIDOC artist of the year Rodney Gardner.
The second story: kipli mapali includes illustrations by the children and talks about healthy eating and nutrition.
Monday was Aboriginal Children's Day, accompanied by the theme "we play, we learn, we belong".
"It [the theme] ties in perfectly with a book launch, it is the year of Indigenous languages as well so that's pretty great," Ms Gardner said.
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