Boori Monty Pryor

Boori Monty Pryor was the Australian Children's Laureate during 2012-13, along with Alison Lester. 

Boori ABC Radio Cairns

Boori Monty Pryor was born in North Queensland. His father is from the Birrigubba of the Bowen region and his mother from Yarrabah (near Cairns), a descendant of the Kungganji and Kukuimudji. Boori has worked in film, television, modeling, sport, music and theatre-in-education. He has written several award-winning books with Meme McDonald including Maybe Tomorrow, My Girragundji, The Binna Binna Man and Njunjul the Sun. His picture book collaboration with Jan Ormerod, Shake a Leg, won the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Children's Fiction in 2011.

Boori's stories are about finding strength within to deal with the challenges without, and his skill is to create positive visions of the future for both Indigenous and all Australians.

As a Children’s Laureate, I will ask the most wonderful teachers, librarians, parents and helpers that I’ve met, and the new ones I’ll meet along the way, to hop on board the good ship Laureate.  We’ll pick up new passengers everywhere we go as we travel around Australia to the remotest, the smallest, the richest, the poorest … pre-schools, high schools, special schools – all schools! And we will spread the writewords to make ours a nation of readers! I'm looking forward to developing a special project during my time as a Laureate. Stay tuned! – Boori Monty Pryor

Boori's blog

While he was acting as Children's Laureate, Boori toured Australia and the world. You can read all about his activities and adventures on Boori's blog.

Boori Monty Pryor's Laureate Project – Storykeepers

Story_Tellers_Form_logo.jpgOne storyteller creating a nation of storykeepers

With this project Boori Monty Pryor, the inaugural Australian Children’s Laureate and celebrated author, performer and poet invites you to join him to 'spread the write words to make ours a nation of readers and storytellers!'

Boori would love to know…

  • When did you tell your first story?
  • Do you know the footsteps you’ve been walking on?
  • What is the story from your place?

Find out more about this project –

Storykeepers was Boori's special Laureate project (design by Judy Watson)

‘We need to all become storykeepers if we are to belong here in this country.’ Boori Monty Pryor

Storykeepers  is a half hour documentary film and educational resource package based on the life and work of Aboriginal storyteller, Boori Monty Pryor—Australia’s inaugural Children’s Laureate.


Meme McDonald & Company and Youthworx Productions with Australian Children’s Laureate Boori Monty Pryor supported by the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance


Ian Jones (The Tracker, Ten Canoes)

Read about the Storykeepers  documentary  in full here or by clicking on the cover image above.


The realisation of Storykeepers relies on the generous support of organisations and individuals. You can support this project by giving a tax-deductible donation to Youthworx Media Ltd and help make this a reality. Please contact the Children's Laureate Project Officer for more information:

Thank you

Thank you to Judy Watson for her beautiful design of the Storykeepers pitch, the children at Winthrop Primary School, WA whose artwork inspired the graphics in this document and to the children in Timber Creek for their scratch back artworks.

Watch 90 seconds clips from other YouthWorx Productions by Boori and the Storykeepers team here...