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SHORTLISTED, 2019 PRIME MINISTER’S LITERARY AWARDS

SHORTLISTED, 2019 SPEECH PATHOLOGY AWARDS PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR

NOTABLE, 2019 CBCA AWARDS

Kirli’s debut children’s picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines, illustrated by Matt Ottley follows a young girl as she adventures with her newly unearthed freedom machine. It has been published in Russian, Western Armenian, Turkish, French and English.

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Bindi, verse novel ~ Kirli Saunders

WINNER, 2019 WESTERN AUSTRALIAN PREMIER’S BOOK AWARDS, DAISY UTEMORRAH AWARD

LONGLISTED, 2021 ABIA SMALL PUBLISHER’S CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR

LONGLISTED, 2021 ABDA SMALL PUBLISHER’S CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR

NOTABLE, 2021 CBCA AWARDS

A new year starts like normal—school, family, hockey, dancing. But this year hasn’t gone to plan! There’s a big art assignment, a drought, a broken wrist AND the biggest bushfires her town has ever seen!

Meet 11-year-old Bindi. She’s not really into maths but LOVES art class and playing hockey. Her absolute FAVOURITE thing is adventuring outside with friends or her horse, Nell.

Bindi is a verse novel for mid-upper primary students. Written ‘for those who plant trees’, Bindi explores climate, bushfires, and healing. Written from the point of view of 11-year-old, Bindi and her friends on Gundungurra Country.

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Kirli’s Forthcoming titles include: 

Our Dreaming, illustrated by Dub Leffler (Scholastic, 2021). This book shares the Yuin and Gundungurra Dreamings as were told to Kirli by her Elders.

Yana in The Bawa [Walk in the Bush] (Magabala, 2021) is an Early Childhood text, written with Gundungurra interpretations taught to Kirli by Gundungurra Language Custodian Aunty Trish Levett. As young readers join community for a walk in the bush, they will learn Gundungurra names for native animals.

Afloat illustrated by Matt Chun (Hardie Grant 2021)  follows the story of an Elder teaching foraging and weaving practices to a child, to tie canoes together, to a form a raft to survive an incoming storm.  This text explores the themes of unity, oneness, reconciliation, strength, endurance and courage.

The Land Recalls You illustrated by David and Noni Cragg (Scholastic 2022) tells the haunting story of Kirli’s Mother’s removal from her Yuin country in the early 1970s. It will be available in February 2022.

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WINNER Daisy Utemorrah Award 2019, Bindi written by Kirli Saunders, Illustrated by Dub Leffler (Magabala 2020).