Sustainability

Phasmid*

Rohan Cleave


Phasmid presents the amazing true story of the Lord Howe Island Phasmid -- or Stick Insect. Once thought to be extinct, the phasmids were rediscovered on Balls Pyramid, a volcanic outcrop 23 kilometres off the coast of Lord Howe Island, Australia, prompting an extraordinary conservation effort to save this remarkable insect. With a captivating narrative by Rohan Cleave and stunning watercolour illustrations by renowned artist Coral Tulloch, Phasmid is a positive story about one species' incredible story of survival in a time of worldwide species decline.

Desert lake : the story of Kati Thanda- Lake Eyre *

Pamela Freeman


t's raining up north and soon everything will change for the desert lake. The dry salt bed of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre shimmers in the desert heat. But far up north, the rains have come. Water is flooding into empty riverbeds and swirling down towards the lake. Soon everything will change.

Sand swimmers : the secret life of Australia's dead heart

Narelle Oliver


A picture book that follows Charles Sturt's journey north from Adelaide in 1844 and describes the desert environment he encountered.

Fox and fine feathers*

Narelle Oliver


The various birds of the forest floor, Lyrebird, Coucal, Pitta and Nightjar, have very different feather colours and sounds but they look out for danger and warn each other. When a hungry fox comes looking for food, only plain, dull Nightjar is watching.

Baby Bilby, where do you sleep?*

Narelle Oliver


Take a peek through the peepholes in this rhyming book and discover the secret hiding places of baby bilby and other Australian desert creatures.

The Hunt*

Narelle Oliver


At twilight, the mother tawny frogmouth owl goes hunting, looking for food for her chicks. Each tasty morsel she spies seems to disappear. A moth looks like the tree bark, a cricket like a curled leaf and you need to look very carefully to find them.

Our Island

by the children of Gununa with Alison Lester and Elizabeth Honey


Our island lies beneath a big blue sky, surrounded by the turquoise sea. Turtles glide through the clear salt water, and dugongs graze on banks of seagrass. In this lyrical celebration of place, the children of Mornington Island explore their home in words and pictures. This is a collaboration with much-loved children's picture-book creators authors Alison Lester and Elizabeth Honey.

One Small island

Alison Lester


In One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch bring us the story of this remote and precious World Heritage Site. Together they explore the island's unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today.

PRC Abstract:

Macquarie Island lies in the Southern Ocean, between Antarctica and New Zealand. A speck of green in the vast, windswept sea, it is a haven for many creatures that live above and below the waves. The book explores the island's unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today.

The Lorax *

Dr Seuss


Long before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss's Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. In this cautionary rhyming tale (printed on recycled paper) we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots, and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever. With the release of the blockbuster film version, the Lorax and his classic tale have educated a new generation of young readers not only about the importance of seeing the beauty in the world around us, but also about our responsibility to protect it.

The Lorax ebook
The Lorax (original)

The Last Tree in the City

The Last Tree in the City

Peter Carnavas


Last Tree in the City (New Frontier) is a story about Edward, who lives in the city. Edward’s city is a place of concrete and cars, a world without colour. Every day, Edward takes himself to a part of the city that is not like the city at all – the last tree in the city. He is happy there, until one day, the tree is gone. Edward (and his duck) eventually figure out a unique way to make the city more beautiful than it ever was before.

KaKa's Storytime: Ep.07 Last Tree in the City by Peter Carnavas

Where the Forest Meets the Sea *

Jeannie Baker


A boy and his father travel in their boat, ‘Time Machine’ to a stretch of beach beside a primordial tropical rainforest. As the boy walks among the trees he imagines the forest as it might have been in the past. Dinosaurs emerge, barely perceptible, from a tangle of trunks and vines; the faint outlines of an aboriginal child melt into a background of trees and in the final haunting scene the unspoiled vista readers have toured is overlaid with translucent images of a possible future civilisation.

Childrens Books Read Aloud - Where The Forest Meets The Sea

The Story of Rosy Dock *

Jeannie Baker



The Australian desert: for thousands of years the only changes here were made by the wind, the willy-willies and sometimes the rain.

Then a hundred years ago people from Europe settled in the desert and planted seeds from the other side of the world.

The Story of Rosy Dock is the story of one of the settlers who followed them, and her garden in the wilderness, a garden that is beautiful – but with an unexpected flowering.

Belonging*

Jeannie Baker


This wordless picture book, with exquisite collage illustrations, explores the re-greening of a city, the role of community and the significance of children, family and neighbourhood in changing the urban environment.

YAKKINN THE SWAMP TORTOISE – SURVIVAL *

Guundie Kuchling


Yakkinn must face the dangers presented by bush fire, introduced animals, habitat destruction and traffic. With the help of people there is a happy ending, she finds a mate and becomes a mother. With this sequel, Yakkinn’s story has come full circle.

YAKKINN THE SWAMP TORTOISE – THE MOST DANGEROUS YEAR

Guundie Kuchling


The life history of Australia’s most endangered turtle is detailed in a charming, informative style to young and old alike.

Circle *

Jeannie Baker


An eco-conscious picture book which explores the complex, interdependency of nature. This is the story of the little-known Bar-tailed Godwit who, following invisible pathways that have been used for thousands of years, undertakes the longest unbroken migration of any bird, a total of 11,000 kilometres, flying from Australia and New Zealand to their breeding grounds in the Arctic and back again. Facing hunger and treacherous conditions to reach their destination, their flight is one of bravery, tenacity and strength, andJeannie's stunning mixed media collages, inspired first-hand by the spectacular landscapes of Alaska and China, will amaze readers, and take them on an extraordinary visual journey to the corners of our Earth.

Window *

Jeannie Baker



A mother and baby look through a window at a view of wilderness and sky as far as they can see. As Sam, the baby, grows, the view changes. At first, in a cleared patch of forest, a single house appears, A few years pass and there is a village in the distance. The village develops into a city.

Sam, now a young man, gets married, has a child of his own and moves to the country. Now father and baby look through a window in their new home. The view again is of a wilderness, but in a cleared patch of forest across a dirt road a prophetic sign reads, ‘House
Blocks for Sale’.

Sustainability Jeannie Baker Window

I Saw Nothing: The Extinction of the Thylacine *

Gary Crew and Mark Wilson



Rosie never liked Elias Churchill, and she liked him even less when he trapped the last tiger-wolf ever to be seen. Churchill didn t kill the tiger-wolf for its bounty he bundled it into a cage, scratched and bloody, and sent it by train to some unknown place. It was moaning and sad. It liked its freedom, Rosie could tell, just as much as her father had, before he died in the bush after being trapped under a log for three days. Then Rosie and her mother had to move to Hobart to work, but it was the Depression and it was hard, especially if you re from the country.
Thylacine was the proper name for a tiger-wolf, according to Alison Reid, the lady at Hobart Zoo whose father had died too. She said that this one may be the last in existence. It was Rosie s thylacine! The very one she saw that day on the train. But on September 7, 1936, it died. Was Rosie that last person to see the thylacine alive and free in the wild? Could she have done anything to save it being captured, saving all thylacines from extinction?
The first book in the Extinct Series, I SAW NOTHING - EXTINCTION OF THE THYLACINE introduces a wonderful sense of intrigue and dilemma that the following two stories will explore with classic Crew style and authenticity. The subdued illustrations capture the rough, bushy characters.

I Said Nothing: The Extinction Of The Paradise Parrot

Gary Crew and Mark Wilson


Harry lives on a sheep station in Queensland. Aware of the trappers who trespass on the land to catch wild parrots, Harry is skeptical of an ad inquiring about parrot sightings. He has seen two Paradise Parrots nesting in the south paddocks.

With the visit of naturalist Alex Chisholm, Harry learns that it is not only the actions of the trappers that endanger the parrots.

Migaloo the White Whale

Mark Wilson


In the warm tropical waters off the north Australian coast, a very special whale is born: Migaloo, the only all-white humpback whale in the world. As he and his pod make their annual migration to Antarctica, Migaloo discovers the beauty, wonder and danger of a whale's journey. Mark Wilson's exquisite illustrations capture the grace and intelligence of these extraordinary creatures, who enchant whale-watchers around the world.

Little Dolphin *

Mark Wilson


Little Dolphin celebrates the level of intelligence and compassion that scientists are only now realising Dolphins possess, and explores the life of a young dolphin as it approaches adulthood.

Deepsea Whale Rescue

Ramage,Jan and Mark Wilson


Based on a true account, Deepsea Whale Rescue brings to life the story of a mother whale's courageous defence of her calf against attack by a pod of killer whales.

But once mother and calf are safe, divers watching from a nearby launch can see the adult whale has another problem, this one caused by humans — life-threatening entanglement in nylon ropes.

Journey of the Sea Turtle

Mark Wilson


The Australian sea turtle, the loggerhead, is a brave and beautiful creature and faces many dangers throughout its life. Follow the journey of one remarkable animal in this stunningly illustrated picture book.

This beautifully illustrated and informative picture book by acclaimed environmental storyteller, Mark Wilson, is a story of survival. It follows the journey of an Australian sea turtle hatchling, from the beach of her birth and the predators there, to the dangers she faces at sea.

Stranded

Mark Wilson


Based on the true story of a town whose people saved 120 beached whales, Stranded is the story of one little whale, and the boy who risked his life to save it.

Young Murphy

Gary Crew and Mark Wilson


This is the true story of fifteen-year-old John Murphy, who joined Leichardt s ill-conceived Expedition of Discovery in northern Australia in 1844 and was extremely fortunate to have survived this gruelling journey. Each of Murphy s diary entries is prefaced with an excerpt from Leichardt s journal. Young Murphy was befriended by the naturalist/illustrator of the expedition and learned the art, and the text is accompanied by beautifully drawn illustrations of plants, animals and scenes encountered on the expedition. Murphy went on to become a wildlife illustrator of note himself.

The Penguin Shore

Tim O'Brien and Mark Wilson.

Man Gave Names to all the Animals

Bob Dylan


Whimsical and witty, “Man Gave Names to All the Animals” first appeared on Bob Dylan's album Slow Train Coming in 1979. With Dylan's blessing, illustrator Jim Arnosky has crafted a stunning picture book adaptation of the song that's a treat for both children and adults, with breathtaking images of more than 170 animals.

MAN GAVE NAMES TO ALL THE ANIMALS-BOB DYLAN(COVER)

Where are you? *

Big Mob Books

Little Dolphin

Mark Wilson


When Little Dolphin is orphaned soon after birth, she is raised by other dolphins in the pod. As she grows she is taught to use the language of clicks and whistles that all dolphins use. When Little Dolphin learns that another dolphin is in danger, she has to use all her skills to try to save it.

A Forest

Marc Martin


When a forest is cut down, the consequences are more than anyone could have anticipated

★ A forest by Marc Martin ♬♪

Uno's Garden *

Graeme Base


When Uno arrives in the beautiful forest, it is full of extraordinary animals. As people and buildings appear, the animals and plants begin to disappear. Children will love the puzzles and numbers intertwined with a strong environmental message.

Lester and Clyde *

James Reece


An old frog named Clyde was tired of his younger frog friend Lester's jokes and tricks and insists that he find another pond in which to live. Lester wanders off but every pond he discovers is sticky, slimy, gooey, or full of trash and garbage. He is allowed to come back when he shows respect for Clyde and their peaceful pond surrounded by fresh air. The bold cartoonish illustrations show the character and emotions of each frog well and the various ponds in all their glory or grossness. The rhyming text uses colorful vocabulary to drive home its message of conservation.

The Hidden Forest

Jeannie Baker


en holds little regard for sea life. When his fish trap is tangled in the kelp his friend Sophie helps him to free it and so takes Ben under the sea where he discovers the enchanted world of the kelp forest and its inhabitants. Ben’s experience turns him from fear and exploitation to exploration, wonder and delight in what he finds.

Recipe for the Perfect Planet Pie

Kim Michelle Toft


This beautiful book is illustrated with painted silks, every page isa work of art to be admired! The message is delicious, "To prepare the base. sift the rich chocolate earth and crystallised minerals together. Make a well and pour in one cloud of rain." What a wonderful world!

Each page has a section of helpful hints to teach about earthcare, there is an explanation of terms, and a list of things you can do for a perfect palnet. The very best part is the fold-out page, which becomes a large circle to represent the earth. Very beautifully drawn!

The Tomorrow Book

Jackie French


A timely picture book about a young prince who is determined to rule over a country where the future is filled with environmental hope - and practical solutions, such as common usage of solar and wind power.

Lively, fun and positive, this book serves to give young people information about their world and shows them that a lot of environmental solutions are simple and relatively easy to put in place.

Produced on recycled paper to reflect the message within, this is a beautiful book.

Turtle's Song

Alan Brown


Turtle's Song is a lyrical journey of the life of a Green Turtle from a hatchling beneath the sand of a coral beach, through wanderings at sea, to adulthood and returning to lay eggs of its own.The vivid and exquisite images combined with the simple but rhythmic prose, makes the reading of Turtle's Song an utter delight.

Count them while You Can

Anne Bowman


Taking the reader on a trip around the world to meet 10 endangered animals whose futures hang in the balance, this engaging and highly illustrative book travels from the snow leopard in the Himalayas to the black-footed ferrets in the prairies of Wyoming and South Dakato to show a wide array of animals on the countdown to extinction—some of which are already extinct in the wild. Using a combination of counting verses and straight facts, it highlights the struggles the animals face for survival in hopes to educate children on their plight and inspire them to help. Each animal is accompanied by a gentle verse in the style of the traditional song "Over in the Meadow" that describes the habits of these creatures, while information boxes point out the bleak facts of their near extinction.

Me... Jane

Patrick McDonnell

In his characteristic heartwarming style, Patrick McDonnell tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. As the young Jane observes the natural world around her with wonder, she dreams of "a life living with and helping all animals," until one day she finds that her dream has come true.

One of the world's most inspiring women, Dr. Jane Goodall is a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, animal activist, environmentalist, and United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 1977 she founded the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), a global nonprofit organization that empowers people to make a difference for all living things.

With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall's autobiography, McDonnell makes this very true story accessible for the very young -- and young at heart.

Seeds of Change: Wangari's Gift to the World

As a young girl in Kenya, Wangari was taught to respect nature. She grew up loving the land, plants, and animals that surrounded her -from the giant mugumo trees her people, the Kikuyu, revered to the tiny tadpoles that swam in the river. Although most Kenyan girls were not educated, Wangari, curious and hardworking, was allowed to go to school. There, her mind sprouted like a seed. She excelled at science and went on to study in the United States. After returning home, Wangari blazed a trail across Kenya, using her knowledge and compassion to promote the rights of her countrywomen and to help save the land, one tree at a time.

Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace brings to life the empowering story of Wangari Maathai, the first African woman and environmentalist, to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Its engaging narrative and vibrant images paint a robust portrait of this inspiring champion of the land and of women's rights.

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed A City Forever

Katherine Olivia Sessions never thought she'd live in a place without trees. After all, Kate grew up among the towering pines and redwoods of Northern California. But after becoming the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science, she took a job as a teacher far south in the dry desert town of San Diego. Where there were almost no trees.

Kate decided that San Diego needed trees more than anything else. So this trailblazing young woman singlehandedly started a massive movement that transformed the town into the green, garden-filled oasis it is today. Now, more than 100 years after Kate first arrived in San Diego, her gorgeous gardens and parks can be found all over the city.

Part fascinating biography, part inspirational story, this moving picture book about following your dreams, using your talents, and staying strong in the face of adversity is sure to resonate with readers young and old.

The EARTH book

"I take care of the earth because I know I can do little things every day to make a BIG difference..."

With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitiviy, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. Featuing a circular die-cut Earth on the cover, and printed entirely with recycled materials and nontoxic soy inks, this book includes lots of easy, smart ideas on how we can all work together to make the Earth feel good - from planting a tree and using both sides of the paper, to saving energy and reusing old things in new ways.

Best of all, the book includes an interior gatefold with a poster with tips/reminders on how kids can "go green" everyday. Equally whimsical and heartfelt, this sweet homage to our beautiful planet is sure to inspire readers of all ages to do their part in keeping the Earth happy and healthy.

Hidden in the Trees *

Barbara Taylor


From foxes in the snow to leopards in the trees, this fascinating series looks at how animals in every kind of habitat use camouflage to adapt to their surroundings.Fantastic close-up photography of camouflaged animals.Written by award-winning science author.With feature spreads on individual species.

Hidden in the Sand*

Barbara Taylor


From foxes in the snow to leopards in the trees, this fascinating series looks at how animals in every kind of habitat use camouflage to adapt to their surroundings.Fantastic close-up photography of camouflaged animals.Written by award-winning science author.With feature spreads on individual species.

Hidden in the Grass*

Barbara Taylor

From stripy Zebras to invisible insects, this fascinating title looks at how animals use their camourflage to adapt to their surroundings.

Find out how they have learned to survive in the world's grasslands.

Hidden in the Snow*

Barbara Taylor


From snow-white seals to fluffy white foxes read about some incredible animals.

Find out how they have learned to survive in the world's cold, snowy regions.

Are you ready for a game of hide and seek?

Leaf litter : exploring the mysteries of a hidden world *

Rachel Tonkin


In a time when respect for and understanding of our environment are paramount, Leaf Litter is an excellent introduction to the intricate and complex relationships that exist in our natural world.

Leaves, twigs, branches and bark collect on the ground in forests all over the world. We call it leaf litter, but it isn′t really rubbish at all. If you look closely at leaf litter you will discover a world of animals and plants living side by side, a busy secret world we hardly ever see.

In this exquisitely illustrated book, award-winning author/illustrator Rachel Tonkin explores a small patch of leaf litter beneath one tree, which contains a hidden world that changes day by day.

The more you look, the more amazing things you will find.

John Lennon - Imagine (official video)
big yellow taxi - joni mitchell in concert 1970 - YouTube
Michael Jackson - Earth Song
Paul and Dan Kelly - Maralinga - YouTube
Xavier Rudd
Icehouse - Great Southern Land
John Williamson - Rip Rip Woodchip [Official Video]
Bob Dylan Letterman 1984 License To Kill - YouTube
Joe Walsh- "Song for a Dying Planet"
Rush - The Trees
Mother Nature's Son / The Beatles
Cat Stevens - Where Do The Children Play (live)
Neil Young & The Crazy Horse - Be the rain
Talking Heads - (Nothing But) Flowers
Earth Anthem By The Turtles - YouTube
The Cat Empire - "No Longer There" Video