This text looks at the ways in which Australia's indigenous peoples have been, and continue to be, represented in books for children. These varying representations have helped to colour the attitudes, beliefs and assumptions of different generations of Australians.
1. Colonial discourse and its fictions -- 2. Religious discourses and aboriginality -- 3. Intersecting discourses: gender and race in children's books -- 4. Speaking for the aborigines: knowledge, power and aboriginalism -- 5. White on black in criticism and fiction: contemporary dilemmas -- 6. Indigenous voices in children's literature -- 7. Towards reconciliation? Crosscultural encounters in the 1990s -- 8. Narratives of identity and history in settler colony texts.