A picture book that is having a significant educational impact in the area of reconciliation.

National Reconciliation Week 2019 Stories for Simon School Visits


National Reconciliation Week - 27 May - 3 June was an inspiring week of growth and learning. This years theme; Grounded in Truth- Walk Together with Courage; was all about spreading the message that in understanding each other's stories, we all grow. Thank you to the amazing students at St Joseph the Worker Public School, Moriah College and Woollahra Public for embracing this opportunity and sharing the week with us.

Stories for Simon Visit Summer Hill Children’s Centre

Author and illustrator, Lisa Sarzin and Lauren Briggs visit Summer Hill Children’s Centre to read, draw and share stories with the children.

“As Early Childhood Educators, we have the important role of ensuring our future generations know that they can make a difference in our world. Stories for Simon provides the opportunity for understanding of the past and the opportunity for engagement and meaningful discussions about how we as a community can move into an inclusive future.”
— Emma Georgopoulos - Director - Summer Hill Children’s Centre


Endorsement from Adam Goodes, Australian of the Year 2014

"We're all equal partners in shaping a great future for all Australians.  This book makes a meaningful contribution to that future by shining a light on the Stolen Generations, showing the value and power of saying sorry and creating a vision for the brightest possible future.  Every Australian child should read this book and share it with their parents, grandparents, teachers and friends. Hopefully it will be the start of many important conversations that will forge greater understanding and ultimately contribute to a more harmonious country."  
Adam Goodes, Australian of the Year 2014

Michael O'Loughlin, Ambassador for Indigenous Literacy

"Education is the key for our mob to continue to move forward and this book will help people, young and old, to better understand our culture and our past." 

Suzy Wilson, Founder of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation

"If we want our libraries to contain books that represent our history and culture, then we need more books like Stories for Simon. This book is an important and welcome addition to school libraries and bookshelves everywhere. It will provoke important conversations between parents and children, in classrooms and throughout the community." Suzy Wilson, Founder of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Vic Simms, Bidjigal Elder, La Perouse

"This story speaks of love and understanding and the coming together of two cultures.  Unless this meeting of cultures starts in children's minds, we can never have true reconciliation.  I believe this book will generate interest, understanding and reconciliation for the future, starting with the minds of children and by telling a story that is seen through their innocent eyes."  Vic Simms, Bidjigal elder