Caring for Country launched during NAIDOC celebrations

Emily Bridgeman launched her children’s book, ‘Caring for Country, A West Arnhem Land Story’, during NAIDOC celebrations in Gundagai.

Emily Bridgeman’s children’s book, ‘Caring for Country, A West Arnhem Land Story’, continues to go from strength to strength, with the book now in its second print.

Written to inspire its readers to learn more about the culture and traditions of our First Nations people, the book was launched during NAIDOC celebrations in Carberry Park on October 31, with Emily saying she could not have dreamed of a better way to celebrate the book.

“The book launch went amazingly well; I am constantly blown away by the support shown by our community,” Emily said.

“The book is going really well with both myself and with the distributor nationally, which has led to a reprint after just four months of it being out there for everyone to enjoy.” 

Emily is thrilled to see that schools have enthusiastically taken the book onboard and have been using it to its true capabilities as a teaching resource. 

She has been invited for many school readings, with the latest being presented over zoom. 

Emily penned the popular book after an inspirational trip to Arnhem Land two years ago. She was encouraged by an Elder to write the book to help empower young First Nations people to feel strong and proud of their cultural identity and their connection to land, people and animals.

If inspiration strikes, Emily said she would love to work on creating another book. 

“However, this book was incredibly special because I was asked to write it,” she said.

‘Caring for Country, A West Arnhem Land Story’ can be purchased locally at Gundagai Foodworks and the Gundagai Visitor Information Centre or online through Dymocks and the Facebook page, Caring for Country.

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