Nature Book Week
is here!

On 6 September join us for a week of events and inspired storytelling from Australia’s finest writers.

If you love reading about nature, whether in a field guide, science title or poetry collection, don’t miss the Wilderness Society’s annual Nature Book Week. Kicking off on 6 September, join this year’s Nature Book Week Ambassador, science communicator Dr Jen Martin, for a series of workshops, talks and events by some of Australia’s finest writers.

The week culminates with the announcement of the winners of the 2021 Environment Award for Children’s Literature. Since 1994, the Wilderness Society has been recognising the talents of artists and authors whose creative writing and captivating illustration can inspire the next generation. Check out the shortlisted titles below!

And see you on 6 September for Nature Book Week!

Meet Nature Book Week's Ambassador!

Dr Jen Martin.

Dr Jen Martin.

We are excited to reveal that science communicator Dr Jen Martin will be Nature Book Week’s Ambassador. Join Dr Martin for what will be a week full of events, culminating in the announcement of the Environment Award for Children's Literature 2021.

“When kids read about our natural world, they feel more connected to nature. And feeling connected to nature helps us all to understand how precious our natural environment is, and how important it is we protect it.”
Dr Jen Martin

Dr Jen Martin spent many years working as a field ecologist until she decided the most useful thing she could contribute as a scientist was to teach other scientists how to be effective and engaging communicators. To that end, she founded and leads the University of Melbourne's acclaimed Science Communication Teaching Program.

Dr Jen Martin on an all-women expedition to Antarctica with Homeward Bound.

Dr Jen Martin on an all-women expedition to Antarctica with Homeward Bound.

Jen also practises what she preaches: for nearly 15 years she’s been talking about science each week on 3RRR, Australia’s largest community radio station, she writes a popular science blog, is a member of the Science Gallery Melbourne Leonardos and writes for CSIRO's Double Helix Magazine. She was named the 2019 Unsung Hero of Science Communication.

Events in Nature Book Week:

  • Monday 6 September, 10:30am AEST
    Storytime with Rove McManus
    Join author Rove McManus as he reads the 2021 Environment Award for Children's Literature shortlisted books, Bandits and The Giant and the Sea.
  • Monday 6 Sept, 1pm AEST
    A conversation with the photographers of The Great Forest Book.
    Join Wilderness Society National Campaigns Director Amelia Young as she speaks with Chris Taylor, Sarah Rees and Steve Kuiter, the three photographers behind the wonderful depictions of Victoria's forests in new title, The Great Forest Book.
  • Tuesday 7 September, 1pm AEST
    Threatened Species Day: Nature-Experts Answer Kids Questions
    Does your child have a question (or five!) about Australian plants or wildlife? Questions like, how fast can a kangaroo hop, or why does the kookaburra laugh? Join Nature Book Week Ambassador Dr Jen Martin, Professor Euan Ritchie and conservation biologist Dr Kylie Soanes on a Facebook Live as they answer questions from kids. If your kid has a question you can submit it here.
  • Wednesday 8 September, 10:30am AEST
    Storytime with Rove McManus
    Join author Rove McManus as he reads the 2021 Environment Award for Children's Literature shortlisted books, Larry Leadbeater: Field notes from a Fairy Possum and Hold on! Saving the Spotted Handfish
  • Wednesday 8 September, 1pm AEST
    The Poetry Of Place
    Join poet Kristen Lang for a writing workshop. Express your interest here and we will send you a link to join nearer the time.
  • Thursday 9 September, 10.30am AEST
    Storytime with Maree McCarthy Yoelu
    Join author Maree McCarthy Yoelu as she reads her 2021 Environment Award for Children's Literature shortlisted book, Brother Moon—illustrated by Samantha Fry, published by Magabala Books.
  • Thursday 9 September, 1pm AEST
    A Conversation with Corey Tutt from Deadly Science
    Join Nature Book Week Ambassador Dr Jen Martin as she talks with author and founder of Deadly Science, Corey Tutt. Corey has edited two amazing books working with Australian GeographicAnimal Adaptations and Wild Weather—and is the author of the upcoming book, The First Scientists (illustrated by Blak Douglas, published by Hardie Grant Explore).
  • Thursday 9 September, 6pm AEST
    The Environment Award For Children's Literature Winners Announcement and Celebration

    Join us for the winner announcement for The Wilderness Society's annual celebration of Australia's finest children's nature authors illustrators—The Environment Award For Children's Literature.

The Environment Award For Children's Literature

The winners of the Environment Award For Children's Literature 2021 have been announced in a special awards ceremony.

From a shortlist of 13 fantastic books, our panel of judges have selected the winners in each category. A huge congratulations to this year’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature winners! Check out the winning titles.

Up to 6 October 2021, you can purchase the winning books or any of the other 2021 shortlisted books from our friends at Harry Hartog Bookseller, and they’ll donate 10% of sales back to the Wilderness Society to protect the places we love.

13 Great Titles To Discover!

Check out the fantastic titles that made it into the shortlist for the Environment Award For Children's Literature 2021.

The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants by Philip Bunting. Scholastic Australia—Omnibus Books. The answers to life’s biggest questions can be found in the smallest places, once you’re ready to look.Get set for an insightful(and hilarious) peek into what we can learn from the world of the ant.

The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants by Philip Bunting. Scholastic Australia—Omnibus Books. The answers to life’s biggest questions can be found in the smallest places, once you’re ready to look.Get set for an insightful(and hilarious) peek into what we can learn from the world of the ant.

Weirdo #15: Planet Weird by Anh Do, illustrated by Jules Faber. Scholastic Australia. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEE! Not only is it PLANET DAY, it’s also Weir Do’s BIRTHDAY! And his party’s going to be so HUGE you’ll see it from space!It won’t be easy . . . but it will be FUNNY!

Weirdo #15: Planet Weird by Anh Do, illustrated by Jules Faber. Scholastic Australia. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEE! Not only is it PLANET DAY, it’s also Weir Do’s BIRTHDAY! And his party’s going to be so HUGE you’ll see it from space!It won’t be easy . . . but it will be FUNNY!

Give Me Some Space! by Philip Bunting. Scholastic Australia—Omnibus Books. Una dreams of a life in Space.Life on Earth is just so so-so.But how will she get there? And will she complete her mission to discover life in Space? And did she remember to feed Neil the goldfish?

Give Me Some Space! by Philip Bunting. Scholastic Australia—Omnibus Books. Una dreams of a life in Space.Life on Earth is just so so-so.But how will she get there? And will she complete her mission to discover life in Space? And did she remember to feed Neil the goldfish?

Bandits by Sha’an d’Anthes. Hachette Australia. Fern lives in a colourless, lifeless city and has only ever seen trees as pictures in her books. Fern is told that the bandits who come in the middle of the night to steal from the city dwellers are bad guys, but when she follows them back to their home she discovers a land of colour, life, friendship and a future she believes in.

Bandits by Sha’an d’Anthes. Hachette Australia. Fern lives in a colourless, lifeless city and has only ever seen trees as pictures in her books. Fern is told that the bandits who come in the middle of the night to steal from the city dwellers are bad guys, but when she follows them back to their home she discovers a land of colour, life, friendship and a future she believes in.

Brother Moon by Maree McCarthy Yoelu, illustrated by Samantha Fry. Magabala Books. Beneath the dark sky of the Northern Territory, Hippy-Boy is captivated when Great-Grandpa Liman tells him the mysterious story of his brother and how it guides his connection to Country.Great-Grandpa is a masterful storyteller and, as the tale unfolds, he finally reveals his brother is the moon—a wonder of the universe. Hippy-Boy learns how his great-grandfather uses the phases of the moon when he goes hunting and fishing, and why it is important for us all to have an understanding of the natural world.Liman (Harry Morgan), the author’s grandfather, was a respected Wadjigany man, a leader amongst his people and the community. Liman was born at Manjimamany in the Northern Territory in 1916. He was a canoe maker, hunter, community mediator, and a family man who lived off the land and travelled the seas. Liman spoke Batjamalh, his first language, and other languages from the Daly River area.

Brother Moon by Maree McCarthy Yoelu, illustrated by Samantha Fry. Magabala Books. Beneath the dark sky of the Northern Territory, Hippy-Boy is captivated when Great-Grandpa Liman tells him the mysterious story of his brother and how it guides his connection to Country.Great-Grandpa is a masterful storyteller and, as the tale unfolds, he finally reveals his brother is the moon—a wonder of the universe. Hippy-Boy learns how his great-grandfather uses the phases of the moon when he goes hunting and fishing, and why it is important for us all to have an understanding of the natural world.Liman (Harry Morgan), the author’s grandfather, was a respected Wadjigany man, a leader amongst his people and the community. Liman was born at Manjimamany in the Northern Territory in 1916. He was a canoe maker, hunter, community mediator, and a family man who lived off the land and travelled the seas. Liman spoke Batjamalh, his first language, and other languages from the Daly River area.

Edie's Experiments 2: How to Be the Best by Charlotte Barkla, illustrated by Sandy Flett. Penguin Random House Australia. I'm Edie and I'm obsessed with science.So I was sure that Annie B and I would win the Eco Fair competition.Then Dean Starlight arrived and started sabotaging our project.Now the competition has become an epic science battle of robotic spider attacks, exploding foam and sneaky spying.Dean thinks he's the best scientist of Class 5Z, but we'll show him…

Edie's Experiments 2: How to Be the Best by Charlotte Barkla, illustrated by Sandy Flett. Penguin Random House Australia. I'm Edie and I'm obsessed with science.So I was sure that Annie B and I would win the Eco Fair competition.Then Dean Starlight arrived and started sabotaging our project.Now the competition has become an epic science battle of robotic spider attacks, exploding foam and sneaky spying.Dean thinks he's the best scientist of Class 5Z, but we'll show him…

The Carbon-Neutral Adventures of the Indefatigable EnviroTeens by First Dog on the Moon. Allen & Unwin. Meet our superheroes:- Binky, aka The Monotreme!- Worried Norman, once bitten by a radioactive croissant and now Pastry Person!- Letitia, an occasionally bossy science-wombat and genius inventor! Together, they are the EnviroTeens and they are about to get very, very angry. Single use Plastic Brendan may have an evil plan to destroy all the world's turtles with his dastardly tur-tele-pooter but, believe it or not, there is something even more sinister than an angry plastic bag on a garbage island in the middle of the ocean ... Climate change! Oh no! The EnviroTeens will do anything to stop this impending disaster: scale slippery volcanoes, scurry through forests full of poisonous armpit monsters, even meet Senator Ian, the Climate Denialist Potato. But can three teenagers and a chicken save the whole world? Why not, nobody else is! Maybe they are in with a chance? I can't look, it's too exciting!

The Carbon-Neutral Adventures of the Indefatigable EnviroTeens by First Dog on the Moon. Allen & Unwin. Meet our superheroes:- Binky, aka The Monotreme!- Worried Norman, once bitten by a radioactive croissant and now Pastry Person!- Letitia, an occasionally bossy science-wombat and genius inventor! Together, they are the EnviroTeens and they are about to get very, very angry. Single use Plastic Brendan may have an evil plan to destroy all the world's turtles with his dastardly tur-tele-pooter but, believe it or not, there is something even more sinister than an angry plastic bag on a garbage island in the middle of the ocean ... Climate change! Oh no! The EnviroTeens will do anything to stop this impending disaster: scale slippery volcanoes, scurry through forests full of poisonous armpit monsters, even meet Senator Ian, the Climate Denialist Potato. But can three teenagers and a chicken save the whole world? Why not, nobody else is! Maybe they are in with a chance? I can't look, it's too exciting!

Hold on! Saving the Spotted Handfish by Gina Newton, illustrated by Rachel Tribout. CSIRO Publishing. This is the story of a quirky and primitive little fish that is famous for two reasons: walking on its ‘hands’ (pectoral fins), and being one of the first marine fish in the world to be listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Dive into the undersea world of this quirky little species and discover how scientists are stepping in to help save them.

Hold on! Saving the Spotted Handfish by Gina Newton, illustrated by Rachel Tribout. CSIRO Publishing. This is the story of a quirky and primitive little fish that is famous for two reasons: walking on its ‘hands’ (pectoral fins), and being one of the first marine fish in the world to be listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Dive into the undersea world of this quirky little species and discover how scientists are stepping in to help save them.

Larry Leadbeater: Field notes from a Fairy Possum by Jo Watson. Little Steps Publishing. Larry is a tiny fairy possum with a tremendous problem.He’s on a mission to find a home that’s just right for him.Brimming with friendship and optimism, his adventure invites us into a world where even the most challenging circumstances can be overcome.Purchase any of the shortlisted books from independent bookseller Harry Hartog and they’ll donate 10% of sales to the Wilderness Society to protect the places we love.

Larry Leadbeater: Field notes from a Fairy Possum by Jo Watson. Little Steps Publishing. Larry is a tiny fairy possum with a tremendous problem.He’s on a mission to find a home that’s just right for him.Brimming with friendship and optimism, his adventure invites us into a world where even the most challenging circumstances can be overcome.Purchase any of the shortlisted books from independent bookseller Harry Hartog and they’ll donate 10% of sales to the Wilderness Society to protect the places we love.

Ninja Bandicoots and Turbo-Charged Wombats by Hazel Flynn. Piccolo Nero (Black Inc Books) Why are 1,000 trees needed for every koala in a zoo? How do you check a tree-kangaroo’s pouch for joeys? Why is a wombat’s poo really square? And how do dogs help look after ‘extinct’ bandicoots?In this factual, involving book, 9-12 year-olds learn about endangered Australian wildlife, including Leadbeater's and Mountain Pygmy Possums, Baw Baw Frogs, Wedge-Tailed Eagles, Orange-bellied Parrots and Guthega Skinks, and they meet the zookeepers and conservation experts working hard to save them. There are funny and moving adventure stories, and every chapter includes 'What Can I Do to Help?', with practical suggestions for children and their families.

Ninja Bandicoots and Turbo-Charged Wombats by Hazel Flynn. Piccolo Nero (Black Inc Books) Why are 1,000 trees needed for every koala in a zoo? How do you check a tree-kangaroo’s pouch for joeys? Why is a wombat’s poo really square? And how do dogs help look after ‘extinct’ bandicoots?In this factual, involving book, 9-12 year-olds learn about endangered Australian wildlife, including Leadbeater's and Mountain Pygmy Possums, Baw Baw Frogs, Wedge-Tailed Eagles, Orange-bellied Parrots and Guthega Skinks, and they meet the zookeepers and conservation experts working hard to save them. There are funny and moving adventure stories, and every chapter includes 'What Can I Do to Help?', with practical suggestions for children and their families.

The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore. Penguin Random House Australia. Green Peas is our name and pranking’s our game! A symphony of alarm clocks at assembly? Yep, that was us. A stampede of fluffy guinea pigs? It’s next on our agenda. But for me, Cookie and Zeke, it’s about more than just fun. We’re determined to make a difference. And when the adults won’t listen, us kids will find a way to be heard–as long as we can stay out of detention! No activist is too small, no prank too big... and things are about to get personal.

The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore. Penguin Random House Australia. Green Peas is our name and pranking’s our game! A symphony of alarm clocks at assembly? Yep, that was us. A stampede of fluffy guinea pigs? It’s next on our agenda. But for me, Cookie and Zeke, it’s about more than just fun. We’re determined to make a difference. And when the adults won’t listen, us kids will find a way to be heard–as long as we can stay out of detention! No activist is too small, no prank too big... and things are about to get personal.

The Giant and the Sea by Trent Jamieson, illustrated by Rovina Cai. Hachette Australia. "A giant stands on the shore, watching the sea. She never moves, never speaks, until the day she turns to a little girl and says, 'The sea is rising.'The brave girl takes the message to the town. But when the people refuse to listen, the giant must find another way to save them.Perfect for the children of the Climate Strike, this is a lyrical and deeply moving story about climate change, standing up for what you believe in, and the power of hope."

The Giant and the Sea by Trent Jamieson, illustrated by Rovina Cai. Hachette Australia. "A giant stands on the shore, watching the sea. She never moves, never speaks, until the day she turns to a little girl and says, 'The sea is rising.'The brave girl takes the message to the town. But when the people refuse to listen, the giant must find another way to save them.Perfect for the children of the Climate Strike, this is a lyrical and deeply moving story about climate change, standing up for what you believe in, and the power of hope."

Tree Beings by Raymond Huber, illustrated by Sandra Severgnini. Exisle Publishing (EK Books Imprint). We depend on trees for our survival, yet few of us understand just how fascinating these beings really are. With a foreword by the world-renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall, Tree Beings is an adventure through the secret world of trees. 

Tree Beings by Raymond Huber, illustrated by Sandra Severgnini. Exisle Publishing (EK Books Imprint). We depend on trees for our survival, yet few of us understand just how fascinating these beings really are. With a foreword by the world-renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall, Tree Beings is an adventure through the secret world of trees. 

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The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants by Philip Bunting. Scholastic Australia—Omnibus Books. The answers to life’s biggest questions can be found in the smallest places, once you’re ready to look.Get set for an insightful(and hilarious) peek into what we can learn from the world of the ant.

The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants by Philip Bunting. Scholastic Australia—Omnibus Books. The answers to life’s biggest questions can be found in the smallest places, once you’re ready to look.Get set for an insightful(and hilarious) peek into what we can learn from the world of the ant.

Weirdo #15: Planet Weird by Anh Do, illustrated by Jules Faber. Scholastic Australia. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEE! Not only is it PLANET DAY, it’s also Weir Do’s BIRTHDAY! And his party’s going to be so HUGE you’ll see it from space!It won’t be easy . . . but it will be FUNNY!

Weirdo #15: Planet Weird by Anh Do, illustrated by Jules Faber. Scholastic Australia. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEE! Not only is it PLANET DAY, it’s also Weir Do’s BIRTHDAY! And his party’s going to be so HUGE you’ll see it from space!It won’t be easy . . . but it will be FUNNY!

Give Me Some Space! by Philip Bunting. Scholastic Australia—Omnibus Books. Una dreams of a life in Space.Life on Earth is just so so-so.But how will she get there? And will she complete her mission to discover life in Space? And did she remember to feed Neil the goldfish?

Give Me Some Space! by Philip Bunting. Scholastic Australia—Omnibus Books. Una dreams of a life in Space.Life on Earth is just so so-so.But how will she get there? And will she complete her mission to discover life in Space? And did she remember to feed Neil the goldfish?

Bandits by Sha’an d’Anthes. Hachette Australia. Fern lives in a colourless, lifeless city and has only ever seen trees as pictures in her books. Fern is told that the bandits who come in the middle of the night to steal from the city dwellers are bad guys, but when she follows them back to their home she discovers a land of colour, life, friendship and a future she believes in.

Bandits by Sha’an d’Anthes. Hachette Australia. Fern lives in a colourless, lifeless city and has only ever seen trees as pictures in her books. Fern is told that the bandits who come in the middle of the night to steal from the city dwellers are bad guys, but when she follows them back to their home she discovers a land of colour, life, friendship and a future she believes in.

Brother Moon by Maree McCarthy Yoelu, illustrated by Samantha Fry. Magabala Books. Beneath the dark sky of the Northern Territory, Hippy-Boy is captivated when Great-Grandpa Liman tells him the mysterious story of his brother and how it guides his connection to Country.Great-Grandpa is a masterful storyteller and, as the tale unfolds, he finally reveals his brother is the moon—a wonder of the universe. Hippy-Boy learns how his great-grandfather uses the phases of the moon when he goes hunting and fishing, and why it is important for us all to have an understanding of the natural world.Liman (Harry Morgan), the author’s grandfather, was a respected Wadjigany man, a leader amongst his people and the community. Liman was born at Manjimamany in the Northern Territory in 1916. He was a canoe maker, hunter, community mediator, and a family man who lived off the land and travelled the seas. Liman spoke Batjamalh, his first language, and other languages from the Daly River area.

Brother Moon by Maree McCarthy Yoelu, illustrated by Samantha Fry. Magabala Books. Beneath the dark sky of the Northern Territory, Hippy-Boy is captivated when Great-Grandpa Liman tells him the mysterious story of his brother and how it guides his connection to Country.Great-Grandpa is a masterful storyteller and, as the tale unfolds, he finally reveals his brother is the moon—a wonder of the universe. Hippy-Boy learns how his great-grandfather uses the phases of the moon when he goes hunting and fishing, and why it is important for us all to have an understanding of the natural world.Liman (Harry Morgan), the author’s grandfather, was a respected Wadjigany man, a leader amongst his people and the community. Liman was born at Manjimamany in the Northern Territory in 1916. He was a canoe maker, hunter, community mediator, and a family man who lived off the land and travelled the seas. Liman spoke Batjamalh, his first language, and other languages from the Daly River area.

Edie's Experiments 2: How to Be the Best by Charlotte Barkla, illustrated by Sandy Flett. Penguin Random House Australia. I'm Edie and I'm obsessed with science.So I was sure that Annie B and I would win the Eco Fair competition.Then Dean Starlight arrived and started sabotaging our project.Now the competition has become an epic science battle of robotic spider attacks, exploding foam and sneaky spying.Dean thinks he's the best scientist of Class 5Z, but we'll show him…

Edie's Experiments 2: How to Be the Best by Charlotte Barkla, illustrated by Sandy Flett. Penguin Random House Australia. I'm Edie and I'm obsessed with science.So I was sure that Annie B and I would win the Eco Fair competition.Then Dean Starlight arrived and started sabotaging our project.Now the competition has become an epic science battle of robotic spider attacks, exploding foam and sneaky spying.Dean thinks he's the best scientist of Class 5Z, but we'll show him…

The Carbon-Neutral Adventures of the Indefatigable EnviroTeens by First Dog on the Moon. Allen & Unwin. Meet our superheroes:- Binky, aka The Monotreme!- Worried Norman, once bitten by a radioactive croissant and now Pastry Person!- Letitia, an occasionally bossy science-wombat and genius inventor! Together, they are the EnviroTeens and they are about to get very, very angry. Single use Plastic Brendan may have an evil plan to destroy all the world's turtles with his dastardly tur-tele-pooter but, believe it or not, there is something even more sinister than an angry plastic bag on a garbage island in the middle of the ocean ... Climate change! Oh no! The EnviroTeens will do anything to stop this impending disaster: scale slippery volcanoes, scurry through forests full of poisonous armpit monsters, even meet Senator Ian, the Climate Denialist Potato. But can three teenagers and a chicken save the whole world? Why not, nobody else is! Maybe they are in with a chance? I can't look, it's too exciting!

The Carbon-Neutral Adventures of the Indefatigable EnviroTeens by First Dog on the Moon. Allen & Unwin. Meet our superheroes:- Binky, aka The Monotreme!- Worried Norman, once bitten by a radioactive croissant and now Pastry Person!- Letitia, an occasionally bossy science-wombat and genius inventor! Together, they are the EnviroTeens and they are about to get very, very angry. Single use Plastic Brendan may have an evil plan to destroy all the world's turtles with his dastardly tur-tele-pooter but, believe it or not, there is something even more sinister than an angry plastic bag on a garbage island in the middle of the ocean ... Climate change! Oh no! The EnviroTeens will do anything to stop this impending disaster: scale slippery volcanoes, scurry through forests full of poisonous armpit monsters, even meet Senator Ian, the Climate Denialist Potato. But can three teenagers and a chicken save the whole world? Why not, nobody else is! Maybe they are in with a chance? I can't look, it's too exciting!

Hold on! Saving the Spotted Handfish by Gina Newton, illustrated by Rachel Tribout. CSIRO Publishing. This is the story of a quirky and primitive little fish that is famous for two reasons: walking on its ‘hands’ (pectoral fins), and being one of the first marine fish in the world to be listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Dive into the undersea world of this quirky little species and discover how scientists are stepping in to help save them.

Hold on! Saving the Spotted Handfish by Gina Newton, illustrated by Rachel Tribout. CSIRO Publishing. This is the story of a quirky and primitive little fish that is famous for two reasons: walking on its ‘hands’ (pectoral fins), and being one of the first marine fish in the world to be listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Dive into the undersea world of this quirky little species and discover how scientists are stepping in to help save them.

Larry Leadbeater: Field notes from a Fairy Possum by Jo Watson. Little Steps Publishing. Larry is a tiny fairy possum with a tremendous problem.He’s on a mission to find a home that’s just right for him.Brimming with friendship and optimism, his adventure invites us into a world where even the most challenging circumstances can be overcome.Purchase any of the shortlisted books from independent bookseller Harry Hartog and they’ll donate 10% of sales to the Wilderness Society to protect the places we love.

Larry Leadbeater: Field notes from a Fairy Possum by Jo Watson. Little Steps Publishing. Larry is a tiny fairy possum with a tremendous problem.He’s on a mission to find a home that’s just right for him.Brimming with friendship and optimism, his adventure invites us into a world where even the most challenging circumstances can be overcome.Purchase any of the shortlisted books from independent bookseller Harry Hartog and they’ll donate 10% of sales to the Wilderness Society to protect the places we love.

Ninja Bandicoots and Turbo-Charged Wombats by Hazel Flynn. Piccolo Nero (Black Inc Books) Why are 1,000 trees needed for every koala in a zoo? How do you check a tree-kangaroo’s pouch for joeys? Why is a wombat’s poo really square? And how do dogs help look after ‘extinct’ bandicoots?In this factual, involving book, 9-12 year-olds learn about endangered Australian wildlife, including Leadbeater's and Mountain Pygmy Possums, Baw Baw Frogs, Wedge-Tailed Eagles, Orange-bellied Parrots and Guthega Skinks, and they meet the zookeepers and conservation experts working hard to save them. There are funny and moving adventure stories, and every chapter includes 'What Can I Do to Help?', with practical suggestions for children and their families.

Ninja Bandicoots and Turbo-Charged Wombats by Hazel Flynn. Piccolo Nero (Black Inc Books) Why are 1,000 trees needed for every koala in a zoo? How do you check a tree-kangaroo’s pouch for joeys? Why is a wombat’s poo really square? And how do dogs help look after ‘extinct’ bandicoots?In this factual, involving book, 9-12 year-olds learn about endangered Australian wildlife, including Leadbeater's and Mountain Pygmy Possums, Baw Baw Frogs, Wedge-Tailed Eagles, Orange-bellied Parrots and Guthega Skinks, and they meet the zookeepers and conservation experts working hard to save them. There are funny and moving adventure stories, and every chapter includes 'What Can I Do to Help?', with practical suggestions for children and their families.

The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore. Penguin Random House Australia. Green Peas is our name and pranking’s our game! A symphony of alarm clocks at assembly? Yep, that was us. A stampede of fluffy guinea pigs? It’s next on our agenda. But for me, Cookie and Zeke, it’s about more than just fun. We’re determined to make a difference. And when the adults won’t listen, us kids will find a way to be heard–as long as we can stay out of detention! No activist is too small, no prank too big... and things are about to get personal.

The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore. Penguin Random House Australia. Green Peas is our name and pranking’s our game! A symphony of alarm clocks at assembly? Yep, that was us. A stampede of fluffy guinea pigs? It’s next on our agenda. But for me, Cookie and Zeke, it’s about more than just fun. We’re determined to make a difference. And when the adults won’t listen, us kids will find a way to be heard–as long as we can stay out of detention! No activist is too small, no prank too big... and things are about to get personal.

The Giant and the Sea by Trent Jamieson, illustrated by Rovina Cai. Hachette Australia. "A giant stands on the shore, watching the sea. She never moves, never speaks, until the day she turns to a little girl and says, 'The sea is rising.'The brave girl takes the message to the town. But when the people refuse to listen, the giant must find another way to save them.Perfect for the children of the Climate Strike, this is a lyrical and deeply moving story about climate change, standing up for what you believe in, and the power of hope."

The Giant and the Sea by Trent Jamieson, illustrated by Rovina Cai. Hachette Australia. "A giant stands on the shore, watching the sea. She never moves, never speaks, until the day she turns to a little girl and says, 'The sea is rising.'The brave girl takes the message to the town. But when the people refuse to listen, the giant must find another way to save them.Perfect for the children of the Climate Strike, this is a lyrical and deeply moving story about climate change, standing up for what you believe in, and the power of hope."

Tree Beings by Raymond Huber, illustrated by Sandra Severgnini. Exisle Publishing (EK Books Imprint). We depend on trees for our survival, yet few of us understand just how fascinating these beings really are. With a foreword by the world-renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall, Tree Beings is an adventure through the secret world of trees. 

Tree Beings by Raymond Huber, illustrated by Sandra Severgnini. Exisle Publishing (EK Books Imprint). We depend on trees for our survival, yet few of us understand just how fascinating these beings really are. With a foreword by the world-renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall, Tree Beings is an adventure through the secret world of trees. 

Books to good places

As part of Nature Book Week, the Wilderness Society is working with First Nations communities and schools, like the Nawarddeken Academy in Arnhem land and Deadly Science, to give the fantastic nature books we received for consideration a good home.

“The Nawarddeken Academy is thrilled to be receiving a donation of books from The Wilderness Society. Being located on an Indigenous ranger base in west Arnhem Land, we have limited access to quality printed texts that embrace the natural environment,” says Olga Scholes, Nawarddeken Academy Executive Officer.

“Our country is our classroom and local ecological knowledge is critical to Indigenous Language and Culture. In a remote bicultural school like ours, reading environmental stories from other parts of the world highlights the importance of caring for our local environment.”

Corey Tutt CEO and Founder of Deadly Science says the donation of books is “Incredible! Books are freedom. To provide these Deadly books to our students is just amazing. Who knows, maybe this might be the thing that helps our students find their deadly passion.”

For bookstores and libraries

The Wilderness Society is offering bookshops a variety of ways to participate in Nature Book Week. Enter the window-display competition, where the best display during Nature Book Week will win a prize! Find out what you can win and check out the T&Cs.

If that’s not your cup of tea, your bookshop or library can also hold an in-person event (COVID restrictions permitting) to celebrate all things nature and books. If you want digital assets (e.g. customisable posters, bookmarks, social media tiles) to help promote Nature Book Week, contact us and we’ll send them, but if it’s just the logos you’re looking for, you can download them. If you want to hold an event please tell the Wilderness Society.

So come join us

for Nature Book Week!

We'd love it if you could participate by sharing your favourite nature books—maybe put together a display in your bookstore, library (if possible) or your personal library or online. If you do put together a collection of your favourite nature books or you simply want to tell us why nature books are important to you, please use #NatureBookWeek to share the love.

For grown-up book worms, check out the special issue of our Wilderness Journal dedicated to all things nature and books. Including the five books that have influenced Nature Book Week Ambassador, Dr Jen Martin, throughout her life in natural science.

We've also compiled a list of some of the best nature books of recent times that should be on your shelves. From a life philosophy based on berries in Braiding Sweetgrass to the amazing way trees communicate in The Hidden Life Of Trees, there are plenty of awe-inspiring reads to get stuck into.

See you on 6 September!