The Reading Tracks® series consists of 22 books for Indigenous learners (middle school or older). The books grew out of a desire to provide relevant and culturally affirming stories for older Indigenous literacy learners - books that would engage them.
At the same time, everyone involved in the production of these books hopes that all young Australians will learn a bit more from them about the First Australians’ ancient cultures and practices of food gathering - tracking and hunting in the central deserts and fishing on the coast.
The Elders involved in the development of these books, and the many students who wanted to share their stories, expressed their desire to have books about true stories, fishing, traditional bush tucker skills, and the old ways of tracking and hunting.
In order to achieve this, author Margaret James worked very closely with Elders and students, going on bush trips and yarning about tracking, hunting and fishing for many hours, to ensure that the stories were culturally accurate. Elders edited the books to confirm that they were appropriate for publication, and students gave their feedback after reading them.
The Reading Tracks® seven advanced books offer more able readers interesting, culturally relevant and informative stories. The advanced books are suitable for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous readers.
The Reading Tracks®: Advanced Books Set of 7 include:
- Book 1: Barramundi Fishing Story Arlaminga
- Book 2: The First Camel Cup
- Book 3: Tracking and Hunting Inarlenge (Echidna)
- Book 4: Tracking and Hunting Eland
- Book 5: Tracking and Hunting Ruumiya (Goanna)
- Book 6: Hunting Kangaroo
- Book 7: Hunting Ilia (Emu)