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Practical everyday tips and ideas to help make ourselves and our planet a little less toxic. There is an invisible world of chemical pollutants – in the soil, the air, our water systems and our own bodies. In this book, environmental journalist Anna Turns makes this invisible world visible, looking at the wider issue of toxic chemicals – what they are, where they’re hidden and the extent of their environmental impact. Go Toxic Free reveals the harmful substances that lurk inside your home, and shares essential swaps and tips to avoid them wherever you can.

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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One World - Michael Foreman

One World is a picture book about pollution and ecological devastation that manages to be utterly charming. A brother and sister learn about the planet by playing by a rock pool at the beach.


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Connie Hub - Cookie and the most annoying girl in the World

Cookie is ready to save the world. Unfortunately, the most annoying girl in the world has latched on and made Cookie lose her best friends. The funny book turns into a serious message about pollution and the environment. Readers aged eight to eleven will particularly love its humour.


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An exciting, fast-paced thriller with an ecological message as two teens fight to save the planet, this cli-fi modern classic explores the themes of labour, pollution, technology, and relationships. There’s a romantic heart beating at the centre of this award-winning novel – and an environmentalist core that will stir the imagination.

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The poems in Country Music are observant, curious, finding everywhere they look detail worthy of notice, determined in that ‘The falsehood is that there is little / left for us to know’. This same faith in the minutiae of the world acknowledges the cost of our decisions, however small that ‘To feel the evening coming up / and to stream one way or another’; can be the difference between this life and that, ‘at once to feel / all these things change’.

From the intimately personal the choices that lead us towards, or away from, old friends, lovers, family members and their lost and vanishing stories, to the collective humanity’s ‘bad choices piling up like debts’; Burns is everywhere concerned with consequence and responsibility. ‘The bloody mess of individuals / plastic stuff outside an abandoned tent’, tobacco packaging, dogshit, old newspapers, styrofoam, white goods, both blend into and stand out from the landscape. This is evidence of the human cost, the tent’s inhabitant existing at the margins. There are ‘rubber boats in the news / and no borders to heavy weather’, the patterns of migratory birds are disrupted, and a sequence of poems explores the poet’s grandmother, displaced after the war, like a castaway, to ‘some welcome or unwelcome or indifferent port’. Here is an exhortation to remake, restore, ‘begging for you to build again / this time something cool and that will last’.