Kids Home Publishing Presents The Art of the Book Episode 4

The Grand Imaginator visits Mathew Gardiner as he makes an 8-page book.

Image of a homemade book with handwritten Indigenous language

Kids Home Publishing - The Art of the Book series

An online series inspiring kids to make their own books. All they need is the internet, paper, glue, scissors, and their imagination!

11 minutes

The Grand Imaginator visits Mathew Gardiner as he makes an 8-page book.

"Cabbe melemung il, marramb-ik Mathew Gardiner. I am a Woi Wurrung speaking young man from the Wurundjeri people. I work in language, linguistics of Woi wurrung. I help community revive the language."

Mathew has taught Woi wurrung to students in primary schools on the traditional lands of his people, and also ran Koorie Club for Aboriginal students incorporating language, stories, discussions, and art.

In 2017, Mathew worked with Kids’ Own Publishing and the Playgroup Mob at Casey Gathering Place to incorporate language into a book called Fun in the Water. In 2018, Fun in the Water was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book Awards in the Indigenous Children category.

Make your own 8-page book and send it to to be read by Brigid in the Book Cubby.

Presented by Abbotsford Convent and Kids' Own Publishing.

Supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and the City of Yarra.

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