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Books foster message of inclusion
Matthew Green and Naomi Kissiedu-Green with their children Ebony, Savanna and Kobi.
From the playground to the political
arena, it can be tricky to tackle the
topic of difference.
As curious kindergarten classmates
questioned her son Kobi about having
a black mum and white dad, Naomi
Kissiedu-Green became transfixed on
how to break down big ideas of race,
identity and belonging for little ones.
The Canberra-based mother of
three, currently in Perth due to her
husband's Australian Navy posting,
said she was struck by the scarcity of
Australian books that depict
multicultural families and became set
on doing something about it.
Her newly self-published titles
Same but Different and Baby Surprise
are the first two books in The
Colourful Life! series about a little boy
called Kobi and his mixed-race family.
Australia is meant to be
multicultural, and it would be nice for
us to show that and for more books to
represent that,'' she said.
It is our responsibility -- as parents
and as a nation -- to make children feel
included not just in their home, but in
the classroom and in life.''
Kissiedu-Green said the books, her
first foray into children's literature,
were for everyone.
The storylines are designed to
prompt families of all backgrounds to
talk about how while people appear
different, in many respects they are the
The qualified childcare worker
created scenarios in the books which
offer youngsters a chance to think
about the traits passed down to them
by their parents, foster pride in their
unique qualities and celebrate the
same in others.
It's important every child gets they
are a perfect mix of mummy and
daddy,'' she said.
I wrote this book for multiracial
families like mine, and other families
who want to embrace diversity and
Pleased with the feedback from
readers, parents and childcare groups
in Australia and worldwide, Kissiedu-
Green said she was considering strong
ideas to further the series.
Her husband Matthew's naval career
has meant frequent travel for their
children. She said exploring the ideas
of moving and making friends in new
cities was high on the list for a future
Doing the books was never about
selling loads or making money, they
were about helping me and my kids
through what they were
experiencing,'' she said.
I wanted to put the books out there
and have been so thrilled hearing from
people who are getting something out
of the messages they put across.''
Help to break
cycle of crime
Member for Fraser
As you read this, about one in 500
Australian adults are behind bars.
Nationally, our imprisonment rate is
higher than it's been in at least a
century -- and perhaps longer.
Here in Canberra, we've always
prided ourselves on having a lower
crime rate and a more enlightened
approach to criminal justice than other
parts of the nation. And yet our
incarceration rate should give us
pause. The ACT's current
incarceration rate is 131 prisoners per
100,000 adults and rising.
Despite the fact that many
categories of crime have fallen,
Australia continues to lock more
people up. Canberra might look good
by comparison with other parts of
Australia, but that's only because their
incarceration rates have gone up too.
Canberra has a higher share of our
population locked up than most states
and territories did just a couple of
Too few organisations work with
those facing jail, but Prisoners Aid
ACT is an exception. Sometimes
Prisoners Aid provides simply a warm
jumper and a few kind words, but it
helps assist those who are on their way
in or out of jail.
The vast majority of those behind
bars will eventually be released. It is in
all our interests to support
organisations like Prisoners Aid, who
work to break the cycle of crime and
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