In this enchanting children’s novel, Rio has been sent to live in California with a grandmother he barely knows while his mum is in hospital back home. Alone and adrift, the only thing that makes him smile is joining his new friend Marina on her dad’s whale watching trips. That is until an incredible encounter with White Beak, a gentle giant of the sea changes everything. But when White Beak goes missing, Rio must set out on a desperate quest to find his whale and somehow save his mum.

Perfect for readers of 8+, and beautifully illustrated throughout by Levi Pinfold.

AmandatheTeenActivist

Can one girl and her friends save the lives of hundreds of factory farmed hens? When Amanda Cotter is dragged to Australia, away from her best friend and her dog, she thinks things can’t get much worse. Well, that’s until she finds herself hiding in a caged egg farm after her first day at Woollybutt High. As she looks into the eyes of a trapped hen, Amanda realises that if she gets out of here, nothing will be the same again. Will she be able to prove to her dad that one 13-year-old activist really can make a difference or will her efforts get herself and the hens in more trouble than ever before?

 

This positive book contains everything children need to become guardians of the planet. Children can learn how to become keepers of the coasts, friends of the forests, home heroes and much more through a mix of compelling facts, creative activities and proactive tips.

Key environmental topics are clearly explained, and the easy-to-follow projects and suggestions help to put the issues in an everyday context. From reusing clothes and composting food to reducing water waste and giving wildlife a helping hand, this book will encourage children to engage with environmental problems and inspire them to take care of our planet.

Suitable for Children aged 8 to 11.

 

Robert Frost’s classic poem receives a child-like twist through charming illustrations by Susan Jeffers. This picture book, which has been in print since 1978, is beloved by generations of children for its evocations of New England winters and a man with “promises to keep.” It’s a beautifully illustrated tale about human interconnectedness with nature, even in the depths of winter.

Suitable for Children Age 4-12

 

In this delightful consumerist caper, illustrated by David Roberts, the wonderfully hairy Inch and Grub compete to acquire possessions, from fire and chairs to phones and computers. The contest spirals to ever ridiculous heights until they each have a HUGE wobbling mountain of stuff! But their desire to go one better than the other is in danger of toppling their friendship until, at last, they realise what is most valuable of all – each other.

Suitable for Children Age 3-7

‘Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They dissappeared so quietly that at first almost no-one noticed – until one day, they were gone.’

This book began as a response to the removal of everyday nature words – among them acorn, bluebell, kingfisher and wren – from a widely used children’s dictionary, because those words were not being used enough by children to merit inclusion. Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris set upon a mission to bring back these lost words. This gorgeously illustrated ‘book of spells’ seeks to conjure back the near-lost magic and strangeness of the nature that surrounds us. Adults will love this book as much as children.

Eco Rangers - Candice Lemon-Scott

Young readers who love mysteries and the environment will love the action-packed story of Ebony and Jay, best friends who love to rescue wildlife. After a devastating wildfire in the bushland, Ebony and Jay are doing their best to find and rescue injured animals. Readers will help Ebony and Jay search for clues and nurse a possum back to health.

 

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The Story of the Blue Planet - Andri Snaer Magnuson

Brimir and Hulda are best friends on a blue planet without any grown-ups. Until one day, a strange-looking adult crashes down on a rocket ship. This enchanting story by Icelandic author Andri Snaer Magnuson is filled with magic and generosity.

 

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How to Bee - Bren MacDibble

Nine-year-old Peony wants to be a bee – but all the bees in Australia have died, and children like her have to pollinate the fruit trees with feather wands. It’s a great introduction to dystopian fiction for readers aged eight to twelve.

 

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We are the Water Protectors

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, this story is a rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption. This bold and colourful picture book is best suited for readers aged three to seven.

 

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