Topic : "Environment/sustainability"

Habitats, resources, ecology, recycling

Total Results : 203

No book cover. 87206 : 101 ways to save the earth by Bellamy, David & Dann, Penny (ill)
This book deals with the fragility of our planet's ecosystem. Topics include household recycling, earth-friendly shopping tips, biodegradable products and links for further information.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 14291 : Adventures of Riley: riddle of the reef by Lumry, Amanda & Hurwitz, Laura (ill)
Journey to Australia's Great Barrier Reef with Riley and his family as they see what's up down under. Large areas of the coral reef are dying and they need to find out why. Joined by Wyland, world-renowned marine artist and conservationist, the crew faces giant starfish, great white sharks and even poachers in their search for answers.
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No book cover. 25258 : Adventures of Riley: South Pole penguins by Lumry, Amanda & Hurwitz, Laura (ill)
Riley joins Uncle Max on a voyage to the South Pole to find out if the penguins of Antarctica are getting their fill of krill, or whether climate change has reshaped the food web. Home to whales, seals, penguins and most of the world's ice, Antarctica is the coldest place on Earth. Riley learns valuable lessons about survival and cooperation.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 24809 : All I want for Christmas is rain by Brooke, Cori & Forward, Megan (ill)
Christmas celebrations are threatened as drought takes hold. A little girl has only one Christmas wish.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 13351 : Animal babies in deserts by Nicholson, Sue
Stunning photographs and simple text introduce readers to the animal babies living in the desert. A playful fennec fox cub with huge ears and a charming camel calf with long eyelashes are just two of the adorable animals found in the desert.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15063 : Animal babies in grasslands by Schofield, Jennifer
Stunning photographs and simple text describe animal babies and their mothers in the grasslands.
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Image currently unavailable 15064 : Animal babies in polar lands by Schofield, Jennifer
Stunning photographs and simple text describe animal babies and their mothers in the polar lands.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 96667 : Animal babies in ponds and rivers by Schofield, Jennifer
Stunning photographs and simple text describe animal babies and their mothers found in ponds and rivers.
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Image currently unavailable 15065 : Animal babies in rainforests by Schofield, Jennifer
Stunning photographs and simple text describe animal babies and their mothers in the rainforests.
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No book cover. 2927 : Animal babies in seas by Nicholson, Sue
Stunning photographs and simple text describe animal babies and their mothers in the seas.
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No book cover. 25854 : Animal babies in towns and cities by Schofield, Jennifer
Stunning photographs and simple text bring to life six young animals that live in some backyards. Families of red foxes, grey squirrels, raccoons, opossums, peregrine falcons and skunks are included.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 54129 : Animal babies on the farm by Weber, Vicky
Stunning photographs and simple text introduce readers to seven, young animals - pigs, ducks, cows, horses, chickens, goats and geese - found on a farm.
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No book cover. 17 : Antarctica by McDonald, Kellie
This book contains a vast amount of information about the environment and life in Antarctica.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 15675 : Antarctica: ecosystems by Reid, Greg
Each book in this series deals with a different aspect of Antarctica using photographs and frozen facts. Each book contains a glossary and relevant web sites.
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No book cover. 14507 : Antarctica: the heart of the world by Tulloch, Coral
Take a journey to Antarctica with this comprehensive and highly illustrated guide. Learn about Antarctica's unique geography, its rare beauty, the captivating animal and plant life, human exploration and scientific research. Discover what it's like to live in an Antarctic station and how to survive on the ice.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9561 : Anthology for the earth by Allen, Judy (ed)
A collection of writings by people of many cultures and countries, including Sir David Attenborough, a Kapayo Indian chief and an eleven year old boy. All talk of the need to treat the earth with care to preserve it for future generations.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 45647 : Are trees alive by Miller, Debbie S
Although trees are plants and humans are animals, we have many similar characteristics. This book describes those characteristics, and celebrates some of the magnificent trees that grow on our planet, along with the diversity of life that surrounds them.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9564 : Arno the garbo by Crew, Gary & Smith, Craig
An off-the-wall picture book about Arno who lives in the middle of his family's junkyard making him unpopular, mostly because of the smell. But, when Arno brings an exciting invention to school made from recycled garbage, the situation changes.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15898 : Atmospheric by Wilkinson, Carole
Talking about the weather used to be small talk. Now, it's the hottest topic on Earth. We can't survive without Earth's atmosphere yet, most of the time, we ignore it. Our atmosphere is treated as a rubbish dump for our greenhouse gas emissions. Slowly but surely, what we are doing is changing the Earth's climate. In small chunks, this book cuts through the many voices raised around climate change to tell the story of our atmosphere, what is putting our climate at risk and what we can do about it.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 25724 : Australian animals by Mahoney, Melanie (ed) & Madden, Bec (ed)
Bright, interesting images and facts tell you about most of the iconic Australian native animals. Find out what they eat, where they live, the impact of introduced species and how you can help Australian native animals.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5379 : Ava Anne Appleton: Catching a wave by Harmer, Wendy & Edmonds, Andrea (ill)
Ava Anne Appleton continues her road trip adventures and the next stop is the beach. When she meets a new friend who needs her help, Ava's courage is tested to overcome her fears.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5419 : Bear with the sword, The by Cali, Davide & Foli, Gianluca (ill)
Bear has a powerful sword, which he uses to cut down a whole forest. His home is flooded soon afterwards and he is so angry he wants to find who is responsible, with an unexpected result.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12770 : Belonging by Baker, Jeannie
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.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 1158 : Big dry, The by Davis, Tony
With each year of drought the heat became worse. The lawns and crops withered and died. Buildings began to crumble and collapse, and more people left the city. George and his little brother, Beeper, become worried when their father fails to return from a trip to town for food and fuel. Fear for the safety of their dad quickly becomes a fight for their own survival in the hot and brutal conditions.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 18036 : Big Earth, little me by Wiley, Thom
A book to help the very young find out what they can do for the Earth. The simple flap book shows how to make the whole world a better place by doing little things in local places. Printed with organic soy-based ink.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 12972 : Big picture book of environments, The by Long, John
With stunning images and fact boxes, this book reveals Earth's diversity and beauty. It explores the effects of changing climate on environments around the world including the great rivers, deserts, Arctic regions, cities and forests.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 18392 : Big picture book, The by Long, John & Choo, Brian (ill)
Description of Planet Earth's history from twelve billion years ago until now. Also includes a prediction about its future.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 15290 : Big rain coming by Germein, Katrina & Bancroft, Bronwyn (ill)
This book invokes both a feeling of listlessness and of expectation. The children in an Aboriginal camp in northern Australia are waiting. Uncle Stephen predicts the big wet is coming but, day after day, the hot, dry weather continues.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 45953 : Birds of prey close up by Hope, Charles
Take a closer look at these amazing predators. They use their keen eyesight, curved beaks, sharp talons and powerful legs to hunt, capture and kill their prey.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5707 : Birds: questions and answers by Collins, Fergus
Questions and answers about birds include information on bills and beaks, threats to birds and living with human changes to the environment. Colourful illustrations, fact boxes and captions are included.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 34248 : Book of Australian birds by Hope. Charles
Australia is a large country with a wide range of climates and habitats. Our island continent is home to animals not found anywhere else. Many of these are birds and they are among the most recognisable creatures on Earth. Welcome to the fascinating world of Australian birds.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 33951 : Butterflies close up by Hope, Charles
Butterflies undergo one of the most amazing transformations experienced by any living creature. Take a closer look at these beautiful, flying insects.
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Image currently unavailable 59956 : Cardturner, The by Sachar, Louis
Alton's girlfriend has dumped him, he has no money and no job, so it looks like a long summer holiday ahead. Then he is asked to drive his old, blind and sick uncle to play bridge. His parents are desperate for him to get in his uncle's good books, but Alton soon finds himself enjoying his uncle's company, as well as playing bridge.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 102559 : Cat on the island by Crew, Gary & Warden, Gillian (ill)
The true story of David and his father who came to Stephens Island, a remote and pristine New Zealand island, in 1894. They built a lighthouse to protect ships, chopping down the trees and demolishing the habitat of the birds. But worse than that, they also brought their pregnant cat and the island's tiny flightless wrens were wiped out in less than two years.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 6243 : Chooks in dinner suits by Jackson, Diane & Smith, Craig, (ill)
A waddle of Little Penguins live on a tiny island. But, their numbers are dwindling. Swampy Marsh knows what to do but no one will listen to him. Soon, he can count the last few penguins on the fingers of one hand. The desperate townsfolk give Swampy and his friends, Max and Mimi, one chance to solve the problem. Based on a true story.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 34385 : Circle by Baker, Jeannie
Each year, bar-tailed godwits undertake the longest migration of any bird. They fly from Australia and New Zealand to their breeding grounds in the Arctic, and then back again. The godwits follow invisible pathways that have been followed for thousands of years, while braving hunger and treacherous conditions to reach their destination.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 42368 : Climate change by Woodward, John
Find out what's being done to stop pollution harming life on earth, why rising sea levels mean maps will need to be redrawn and how dramatic changes are affecting the weather, the environment and our way of life. Includes stunning photographs, charts, maps, web links and a glossary of terms.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 13788 : Coral reef book, The by Hope, Charles
Coral reefs have existed for millions of years and are found in tropical waters around the world. These ecosystems are home to a diverse range of animals and plants. Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the longest barrier reef in the world, stretching for more than two thousand kilometres. Find out about the beautiful, colourful and richly diverse world of coral reefs.
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No book cover. 3383 : Crocodile river by Lawrenson, Diana & Snell, Danny (ill)
This is the story of a saltwater crocodile, named Cranky, and her struggle to survive. Follow her from the time she hatches until she finds a safe haven where she can lay her own eggs.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 24009 : Darcy Moon and the deep-fried frogs by Carvell, Catherine
Darcy Moon is an ordinary girl with ordinary problems. She's low on cash and low on the necessary street cred to fit in with the cool crowd. But, Darcy's life is about to take a great leap forward. When a freaked-out frog asks for help, it's up to her to fix the food chain, save the swamp and prove that money can't buy everything.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 9985 : Desert Lake: Story of Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre, The by Freeman, Pamela & Anelli, Liz (ill)
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.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 19627 : Down-to-Earth guide to global warming by David, Laurie & Cambria, Gordon
Find out about the scientific basis of global warming and its effects on the weather, animals and plants. Practical steps to help are included as well as interesting facts and lots of photographs. The book ends optimistically with useful and attainable methods that can impact positively on the world.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 13752 : Dr Karl's short back & science by Kruszelnicki, Dr Karl
Settle in for some cutting-edge scientific snippets and comb through some of the greatest scientific conundrums of our age. Find out what's killing half the bacteria on Earth every two days, why mole rats don't get cancer, why scientists are running around naked in the Antarctic, how a toilet seat helped to end the First World War, and lots, lots more.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 2984 : Dreaming tree, The by Oliver, Jo
Through free-verse and rhyming poems, celebrate the joy and freedom of being a child in the Australian landscape.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 61449 : Droughts by Fradin, Judy & Dennis
Throughout history, droughts have brought dreadful devastation to a wide variety of societies. Find out about the impact on farmers, the importance of topsoil and the latest tools and technologies developed to help us survive future droughts. Eyewitness accounts and dramatic photography tell the story of the world's worst droughts.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 1532 : Droughts by Park, Louise
This series presents the science behind some of the world's worst natural disasters. Find out what causes these catastrophic events, where they happen, how warning systems work and what disaster relief is provided. Includes photographs, maps, disaster files and a glossary of terms.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 101550 : Earth by Dorling Kindersley (pub)
From vicious volcanoes to wondrous waterfalls, the terror and beauty of Earth is shown in all its glory. Contains fascinating factual information about the earth with plenty of descriptions and images.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 22740 : Elephant alert by French, Jackie
Mozz soars through the sky in a jet, rescuing wild animals around the world. But when Elephant Island is under threat from a deadly wave Mozz needs help urging the elephants to move! Time is running out! Can she convince Leo - a boy who can talk to animals - to join her on a dangerous rescue mission?
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No book cover. 12184 : Eyes in disguise by Clement, Rod
Large and quirky illustrations tell the underwater tale of two shy and unattractive fish and deal with the issue of ocean pollution.
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Image currently unavailable 44877 : Face to face with wild horses by Momatiuk, Yva & Eastcott, John
Meet the wild horses and find out lots of information, including how they became wild, how they communicate, the difference between a wild horse and a domesticated one, and how their habitats are threatened.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 129 : Father Sky and Mother Earth by Noonuccal, Oodgeroo (Walker, Kath)
An illustrated book depicting environmental concerns by Oodgeroo Noonuccal, a poet and an activist for Aboriginal rights.
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No book cover. 1161 : Finding home by Crew, Gary & Boyer, Susy (ill)
A family relocates to Australia after a family tragedy. The parents are focussed on creating a farm and do not value the environment or interdependence of nature. Their young son is lonely and alienated, and misses his home in London. When the parents cut down a tree causing a flock of birds to die, their son makes a huge decision.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 88016 : First light by Stead, Rebecca
Peter is thrilled to be going to Greenland where his father studies climate change. But, on the ice cap, Peter is troubled by visions that both frighten and entice him. Thea has never seen the sun. Her people, suspected of witchcraft, retreated to a secret world deep within a glacier. As Thea dreams of a way back to the surface, Peter's search for answers takes him to her hidden world.
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Image currently unavailable 1704 : Fisherman and the theefyspray, The by Jennings, Paul
The theefyspray is a mythical and nearly extinct creature whose fate is in the hands of the fisherman. A beautifully illustrated and complicated story about issues of conservation, age and youth.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 17397 : For the forest of a bird by Saliba, Sue
Nella is a nature loving, fifteen year old, grieving her father's estrangement and her mother's mental illness. In a bid to restore the family, Nella goes to Phillip Island to bring her Dad home. But, she discovers he has a new partner, whom he plans to marry. Nella also discovers the friendship of an older girl, also with an intense love of nature, who helps Nella understand her relationship with her father.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15215 : Forests (Habitats of the world) by Ballance, Alison
Simple text, suitable for an independent reader, with beautifully presented photographic illustrations, looking at examples of the plant and animal life that inhabit forests. Includes good information, a glossary of terms and an index.
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Image currently unavailable 15223 : Freshwater (Habitats of the world) by Ballance, Alison
Simple text, suitable for an independent reader, with beautifully presented photographic illustrations, looking at examples of the plant and animal life that inhabit fresh water. Includes good information, a glossary of terms and an index.
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Image currently unavailable 41059 : Frogs closeup by Hope, Charles
Frogs go through an amazing transformation during their life cycle and are well adapted to living on land and in water. Take a closer look at these incredible amphibians.
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Image currently unavailable 39611 : Fuzzy mud by Sachar, Louis
Tamaya and Marshall walk to and from school together. But, to avoid Chad, the school bully, they decide to go through the off-limits woods. The next day, Chad doesn't turn up at school. No one knows where he is and Tamaya's arm is covered in a burning, itchy wound. A chain of events follows and, as the authorities and the United States Senate become involved, what they uncover might affect the future of the world.
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Image currently unavailable 11168 : Gorilla grab by French, Jackie
Mozz and Leo are off on another awesome animal rescue mission. This time they've loaded their jet with vaccine darts to help protect gorillas in Africa. But before they locate all the primates and decide what to do with a seriously sick baby gorilla, they'll have to battle ruthless poachers!
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Image currently unavailable 15218 : Grasslands (Habitats of the world) by Ballance, Alison
Simple text, suitable for an independent reader, with beautifully presented photographic illustrations, looking at examples of the plant and animal life that inhabit grasslands. Includes good information, a glossary of terms and an index.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 6341 : Great Barrier Reef book: solar powered, The by Norman, Mark
The Great Barrier Reef is so huge it can be seen from space and the whole thing runs on solar power. The wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the need to protect it are revealed through beautiful photographs, interesting information and a glossary of terms.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 4452 : Green valentine by Wilkinson, Lili
Astrid is popular, clever and an environmental activist. Hiro is rude, resentful, and doesn't see the point of school. When they meet, Hiro's wrangling shopping trolleys and doesn't recognise Astrid, who's wearing a lobster suit to highlight a threatened species. She wants to change the world, he wants to survive it. But, ultimately, both believe that the world needs to be saved from itself. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 20172 : Guarding Eden by Hart, Deborah
The personal stories of twelve ordinary people, so concerned about climate change that they altered their lives to do something about it. Some were involved behind the scenes, researching or writing, while others decided to go public in campaigns, blockades, rallies and a hunger strike. They come from all walks of life. There's a nurse, a musician, an insurance broker, a teacher, a lawyer and a vet.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 18572 : H2O stories of water by Hamilton, Margaret (comp)
Australia is an island surrounded by ocean. Children grow up near the sea, have holidays by the sea or spend time on rivers, canals and dams. This collection of stories highlights the influence of water on children's lives.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 5973 : Harold and Grace by Avery, Sean E
Two tiny eggs, one in a tree and the other in a pond, survive a big storm and hatch at exactly the same time, on the same day. Harold the tadpole goes exploring and meets two fish who are mean to him until he grows fins, like them. Grace, the caterpillar, meets two stick insects who make fun of her too. Harold and Grace become friends but Harold begins to spend more time with the fish. When they are mean again, Harold returns to his leaf but Grace is no longer there.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15396 : Heart of the tiger by Millard, Glenda & Chapman, Gaye (ill)
A boy inherits a toy tiger who shares his experiences of a different world where there were trees. The boy comes to experience a new and vibrant world and learns about destruction of environments, aging, wisdom and new beginnings.
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Image currently unavailable 2174 : Hidden forest, The by Baker, Jeannie
Striking collages, set above and below the water level off the coast of Tasmania, tell the story of Ben, a rather thoughtless boy, who sets out to catch as many fish as he can. Unexpectedly, Ben learns the value of marine life communities.
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Image currently unavailable 30126 : Honey bees close up by Hope, Charles
Not only do bees provide us with honey and beeswax, they are responsible for much of the food we depend on every day. Take a closer look at these important insects.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 18556 : Hope Bay by Pluss, Nicole
A friendship between a young adolescent girl called Possum and Olga, a Dutch World War II refugee, reveals past and present histories, connections and relationships. Grief and loss are sensitively handled and resolved.
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Image currently unavailable 35705 : Hunters and hunted by Hope, Charles
The animal kingdom is a dangerous place, especially at mealtimes. While hunters are out searching for their dinner, the hunted are using all sorts of tricks just to stay alive. Welcome to the frightening and dangerous world of the hunters and the hunted.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 4152 : Hurricanes by Fradin, Judy & Dennis
Find out how catastrophic storms and hurricanes form, and why they rage through the same regions. Chart the deadliest hurricanes in history and the damage they cause. Eyewitness accounts and dramatic photography tell the story of the world's deadliest weather.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12500 : I did nothing: the extinction of the gastric-brooding frog by Crew, Gary & Wilson, Mark (ill)
Zeek learns the fate of what might have been the last Gastric-Brooding Frog. Sadly, the frog, which may have held the secret of a cure for cancer, was known for just nine years before all trace of it was lost in the wild.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12332 : I said nothing: the extinction of the paradise parrot by Crew, Gary & Wilson, Mark (ill)
Young Harry tells the story of the death of the last Paradise Parrot, possibly the most beautiful of all Australian birds. While he tries to blame trappers for the bird's extinction, he soon realises that he must take some responsibility himself.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12333 : I saw nothing: the extinction of the thylacine by Crew, Gary & Wilson, Mark (ill)
Rosie witnessed the capture of the last thylacine (tiger-wolf) in Tasmania. She is concerned that she may have been able to do something to save it, and so save the species from extinction.
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Image currently unavailable 18689 : Inconvenient truth, An by Gore, Al
Exposes global warming and the effects and dangers we face from climate changes. Photographs depicting victims of natural disasters may be distressing to some.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 24278 : Insects by Madden, Bec (ed) & Piper, Kylie (ed)
Uncovers the amazing world of insects that surrounds us every day, a world that we might miss if we're not looking. Wonderful photographs and interesting facts tell you about ugly looking creepy crawlies you'd rather not meet and beautiful beetles, butterflies and dragonflies. Find out how they live, where you might find them and a little about each different type of insect.
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Image currently unavailable 15214 : Islands (Habitats of the world) by Ballance, Alison
Simple text, suitable for an independent reader, with beautifully presented photographic illustrations, looking at examples of the plant and animal life that inhabit islands. Good information, a glossary of terms and an index.
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No book cover. 61571 : Jacques Cousteau: life under the sea by Olmstead, Kathleen
To show off the beauty below the waves, pioneering oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, developed new diving technology and innovative ways to photograph underwater life. His films opened our eyes to an unknown and spectacular marine universe and enlightened us about the complexity of the oceans' ecology, and the need to preserve it.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 15316 : Jungle by Greenaway, Theresa & Dann, Geoff (phot)
Find out about the remarkable, colourful plants and animals of the world's jungles. See the beautiful but poisonous passionflower, the rare golden lion tamarin, the red howler monkey and a kangaroo climbing a tree. Learn about the peoples of the rainforest and discover what is being done to protect these valuable ecosystems.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 11926 : Keeper of the crystals: Eve and the fiery phoenix by Black, Jess & Hulme, Celeste (ill)
Friends, Eve and Oscar, are exploring an old curio shop when Eve finds a crystal figurine of a phoenix. When she touches it, the friends are carried by a steep waterfall into a dark and dying jungle.
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Image currently unavailable 5725 : Keeper of the crystals: Eve and the mermaid's tears by Black, Jess & Hulme, Celeste (ill)
Eve and Oscar find themselves in a world where cut throat pirates rule the waves, and where the language of the sea is the only tongue spoken. The mermaids need help. They're being captured so that their tears can be sold as treasure. But, if these protectors of the ocean disappear then the balance of the ocean is upset and all marine life is under threat. Eve and Oscar must find their sea legs and help save the mermaids.
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Image currently unavailable 14441 : Keeper of the crystals: Eve and the runaway unicorn by Black, Jess & Hulme, Celeste (ill)
Eve and her friend Oscar are exploring her grandmother's forbidden attic. When Eve picks up a small crystal figurine of a unicorn, it acts as a portal into another world. Eve and Oscar wonder how they will get home again.
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Image currently unavailable 12978 : Last polar bear, The by George, Jean Craighead & Minor, Wendell (ill)
Paddling through the Arctic Ocean in their kayaks, Tigluk and his aka, his grandmother, spot a polar bear cub on a faraway ice floe. He is all alone and has lost his mother. The world is warming and the ice is melting. Tigluk must save the polar bear.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 8003 : Last tree, The by Wilson, Mark
A beautiful eucalyptus tree in an old-growth forest in south-eastern Australia has provided food and shelter for hundreds of years. As the forest begins to disappear, the old tree's existence is threatened.
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Image currently unavailable 3632 : Lazy friend, The by Badel, Ronan
In a vast jungle, snake, bird and frog are playing cards in a tree. Above them, a sloth sleeps quietly, bothering no one. When the tree collapses to the ground, sloth is still clinging to a branch, even when it is loaded onto a truck. Snake slithers over to the truck and conceals himself. As the truck navigates the jungle, the log, the sloth and the snake dislodge and begin floating down the river. A wordless picture book.
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No book cover. 3806 : Life cycles: Desert by Callery, Sean
Fantastic photographs and fascinating facts reveal the life cycles of ten animals that live in the desert. The life cycles link together to create three food chains that interact to create a food web.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 7986 : Life cycles: Forest by Callery, Sean
Fantastic photographs and fascinating facts reveal the life cycles of ten animals that live in the forest. The life cycles link together to create three food chains that interact to create a food web.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 2391 : Life cycles: Grassland by Callery, Sean
Fantastic photographs and fascinating facts about animals that live in grassland habitats. Discover which creatures are at the top and bottom of three grassland food chains, and what happens to each stage of their life cycle.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 21197 : Life cycles: Mountain by Callery, Sean
Fantastic photographs and fascinating facts reveal the life cycles of ten animals that live in the mountains. The life cycles link together to create three food chains that interact to create a food web.
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No book cover. 11541 : Life cycles: Ocean by Callery, Sean
Fantastic photographs and fascinating facts reveal the life cycles of ten animals that live in oceans. The life cycles link together to create three food chains that interact to create a food web.
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No book cover. 4370 : Life cycles: Polar lands by Callery, Sean
Fantastic photographs and fascinating facts reveal the life cycles of ten animals that live in polar lands. The life cycles link together to create three food chains that interact to create a food web.
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No book cover. 11818 : Life cycles: Rainforest by Callery, Sean
Fantastic photographs and fascinating facts reveal the life cycles of ten animals that live in the rainforest. The life cycles link together to create three food chains that interact to create a food web.
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No book cover. 17430 : Life cycles: River by Callery, Sean
Fantastic photographs and fascinating facts reveal the life cycles of ten animals that live in rivers. The life cycles link together to create three food chains that interact to create a food web.
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Image currently unavailable 15147 : Life in a rockpool by Pyers, Greg
A rockpool can be home for a whole community of living things. Find out how they survive and how they interact. Contains close-up photographs, illustrations and interesting facts.
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Image currently unavailable 3391 : Lifespan of starlight by Kalkipsakis, Thalia
In a world where everything is monitored and controlled, the ability to time travel intrigues three teenagers. As they experiment to enhance the ability within themselves, they discover a few limitations. They can only go into the future and then must return to exactly the same spot. Perfecting their skill places them and others in extreme danger, the least of which is being discovered by the authorities.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 1145 : Little dinosaur, The by Hoy, Catriona
In a time before Australia existed, a little dinosaur with big eyes roamed the Antarctic forests, nibbling on cycads and ginkgoes. One day the little dinosaur fell and hurt her leg. She struggled to keep up with her herd. Time passed and the world changed, but the discovery of the little dinosaur's leg bone millions of years later, meant that she would not be forgotten.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 50901 : Little Fur: the legend begins by Carmody, Isobelle
Little Fur is an elf troll who lives in a secret wilderness at the heart of a great human city. She is a healer of the environment and connected to the earth. One day, Crow tells of humans who are coming to burn the trees. To protect her home and her friends, Little Fur must venture into the dangerous human world.
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Image currently unavailable 8172 : Lockie Leonard, scumbuster by Winton, Tim
Lockie, has been dumped by his girlfriend, but his attention focuses on a local environmental disaster. Lockie wonders if he will ever get the adults to take him seriously.
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Image currently unavailable 19278 : Lonely giant, The by Ambrose, Sophie
The forest giant likes nothing better than smashing, bashing and pulling up trees. But, when all the birds and animals disappear, the giant is very sad and lonely. He misses the crackling warmth of a fire and the sweet songs of the birds. The lonely giant sets out to restore what used to be.
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Image currently unavailable 2678 : Lorax, The by Seuss, Dr
Classic Dr Seuss rhyming book with an environmental message. The Lorax tries to warn the Once-ler of the dangers of destroying all of the truffula trees.
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Image currently unavailable 131044 : Lulie the Iceberg by Takamado HIH Princess & Aska, Warabe (Ill)
Lulie, a young iceberg, eagerly awaits his turn to break off from the Greenland Ice Sheet and experience the world. One day, he gets his wish and heads off on a wonderful adventure, showcasing respect for the environment and caring for others.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 24148 : Lulu Bell and the sea turtle by Murrell, Belinda & Geddes, Serena (ill)
Lulu and her family are setting off on an adventure a long way from home. Mum has been invited to visit an Aboriginal community to choose paintings for an art exhibition. Lulu, Rosie and Gus are having lots of fun swimming and fishing with their new friends. But, there is one thing Lulu would really like to see.
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Image currently unavailable 39254 : Mad about monkeys by Davey, Owen
Find out about the many different types of monkeys, from the smallest Pygmy Marmoset to the largest Mandrill. Discover where monkeys come from, their social life and order, how they use tools, and how deforestation threatens their populations. You'll soon be raving mad about monkeys.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 6597 : Mang the wild orangutan by van Loon, Joan
Mang, a beautiful old orangutan, remembers what life was like living in the lush rainforests of Borneo before he was captured and then sent to a zoo.
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Image currently unavailable 2323 : Mangrove by Kane, Glenda & Allen, Lisa (ill)
A secluded area of mangroves and the water life the trees support are about to change forever. This book looks at the cost to nature of our modern culture.
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Image currently unavailable 28626 : Maximum ride: Final warning, The by Patterson, James
Max and the five other members of the flock, who can fly, are asked to help a group of environmental scientists studying the effects of global warming. The expedition seems a perfect combination of adventure, activism and escaping government forces who are watching them. But, even in Antarctica, Max is an irresistible target in constant danger. For whoever controls her powers could also control the world.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 78975 : Maximum ride: Max by Patterson, James
Max and her flock of virtually indestructible part-human, part-bird hybrids must rescue her human mum who has been kidnapped by a criminal mastermind, with an elaborate plan to wreak worldwide, ecological catastrophe. But, in order to rescue her, fourteen year old Max and the five members of her flock must team up with the US Navy to determine why millions of fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii.
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No book cover. 6742 : Maximum ride: Nevermore by Patterson, James
Maximum Ride and her faithful friends stand ready to face the two greatest threats that humankind has ever known. And this time, the enemy truly can't be stopped. The danger mounts just as Dylan has finally worked his way into Max's heart and just as her beloved Fang unexpectedly returns to the flock. An explosive confrontation between the two boys with a claim to Max's heart ensues, and the entire world hangs in the balance.
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Image currently unavailable 41350 : Mechanica: a beginner's field guide by Balchin, Lance
Welcome to future Earth. Despite repeated warnings, the environment has become polluted to such an extent that many areas of the globe have become uninhabitable, and wildlife is now extinct. From the ashes, a new style of wildlife is created. Wildlife that will not remain harnessed by humankind. Welcome to the world of Mechanica.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 28013 : Mission Survival: lair of the leopard by Grylls, Bear
When teen adventurer Beck Granger finds himself stranded on a Himalayan mountainside, he has to draw on all his strength and skill to survive. After death-defying climbing and sheltering in some of the hardest terrain on earth, Beck also has to somehow make it through bear attacks and flash floods. But the biggest challenge of all is still ahead. Beck has to finally learn the truth about his parents' deaths and bring their killers to justice.
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Image currently unavailable 88899 : Mission Survival: tracks of the tiger by Grylls, Bear
In Indonesia, Beck and his friend, Peter, need to flee flowing lava, keep cool in extreme humidity, defeat the illegal loggers and avoid crocodiles and tigers.
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Image currently unavailable 6478 : Mister Cassowary by Wheeler, Samantha
City boy, Flynn, goes to Mission Beach with his Dad to prepare Grandad Barney's banana farm for sale. Flynn has never been north before, even when his Grandad was alive. When Flynn meets local girl, Abby, and finds two lost baby cassowaries, he is determined to find out about Grandad's mysterious death, and why his Dad refuses to talk about. And, he wants to know why his Dad is so scared of cassowaries.
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Image currently unavailable 15222 : Mountains (Habitats of the world) by Ballance, Alison
Simple text, suitable for an independent reader, with beautifully presented photographic illustrations, looking at examples of the plant and animal life that inhabit mountains. Includes good information, a glossary of terms and an index.
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Image currently unavailable 43056 : Nature explorer by Burnie, D & Morgan, B & Walker, R & Woodward, J
Become an expert nature explorer with fifty easy-to-do activities, which can be done in the park, the garden or at home. From studying bird behaviour to growing crystals, you will discover lots about bugs, birds, rocks, fossils and many other wonders of nature.
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Image currently unavailable 4807 : Nature's day by Maguire, Kay & Kroll, Danielle (ill)
Discover the world of wildlife on your doorstep. Beginning in spring, this book revisits nine different places, during each of the four seasons, and explores the changing scenery and animal life found there.
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No book cover. 18401 : Nature's way A to Z by Brian, Janeen & Leitch, Helen (ill)
Combining humorous verse through the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. This book shows nature's ways and how the environment works.
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Image currently unavailable 19311 : Navigators: Mammals by Burnie, David
Mammals are fantastic creatures, living in an amazing array of habitats. Join a pack of wolves on their chase for prey across a wintry landscape, glide through an underwater kelp forest with otters and sealions, and shrink down into the miniature underground world of burrowing rodents.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 2831 : Navigators: Planet Earth by Taylor, Barbara
Find out about Planet Earth, the planet we call home. Discover the forces that made it, its environments, weather, landscapes, resources, and the impact humans continue to have on its fragile processes.
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Image currently unavailable 5688 : Nyuntu Ninti: what you should know by Randall, Bob & Hogan, Melanie (ill)
In this beautiful, photographic book for young children, Bob Randall explains, in a simple but effective way, the Anangu people's relationship to all that is around them, and why we must learn to care for the Earth, its plants and its creatures.
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Image currently unavailable 1275 : On a small island by Hughes-Odgers, Kyle
Ari lives alone on an island, his days spent collecting all that washes ashore and gazing at the ships that pass, on their way to the great land that is a speck on the horizon. When one ship does stop, Ari is told of all the magnificent things that lie in the distance, bringing Ari a sense of wonder but also isolation and loneliness. Then one day, Ari has a dazzling idea.
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Image currently unavailable 44392 : On the river: come with me from the mountains to the sea by Harvey, Roland
Roland Harvey and his new pelican friend are off on an adventure to walk, fish, canoe, raft, windsurf, sail, paddle-steam and, even, fly their way along the mighty Murray River, from its smallest beginnings in the high country to where it meets the sea. Together they discover the story of the river - its secrets, history, ecology, people and animals. And, you're invited, too.
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Image currently unavailable 6895 : One beetle too many: the extraordinary adventures of Charles Darwin by Lasky, Kathryn & Trueman, Matthew (ill)
Find out about Charles Darwin's legendary five year voyage to South America, his love of the natural world and how he formulated his ideas about the way the earth, humans and animals have evolved.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15154 : One child by Cheng, Christopher & Woolman, Steven (ill)
One child saw a world full of problems and thought, I know what to do. One child did all that she could. Just imagine if all the children of the world did all that they could. This book encourages children to take action to conserve the environment.
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Image currently unavailable 12051 : One less fish by Toft, Kim Michelle & Sheather, Allan
In this cautionary tale, human carelessness leads to the disappearance of twelve species of fish in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. A wonderfully, original counting book that goes backwards and is illustrated with stunning silk paintings.
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Image currently unavailable 73591 : One small island by Lester, Alison & Tulloch, Coral
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.
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Image currently unavailable 15606 : One well: the story of water on Earth by Strauss, Rochelle & Woods, Rosemary (ill)
In billions of years, the amount of water on Earth hasn't changed. There is one global well from which we all draw water. How we treat the water will affect every species on the planet now and into the future.
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Image currently unavailable 2958 : Our stories: Protest in Australia by Lawson, Sue
Through protest, Australians have united to fight for change and have influenced the outcome of many causes. From human rights to the environment, this book traces Australia's proud history of protest.
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No book cover. 16831 : Our world of water by Hollyer, Beatrice
Regardless of the wealth or poverty of countries, water is vital for our survival. The daily lives of six children from Peru, Mauritania, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Tajikistan and California show where water comes from, what it means to them and how they use it. The photographs and real life stories also touch on climate change and pollution.
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Image currently unavailable 9802 : Outback, The by Porter, Annalies & Bancroft, Bronwyn
An illustrated poem evoking the Australian landscape, its animals and its indigenous people. The connection between the people and the land is made with sensitivity through the language and the art.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 892 : Permaculture gardens by Bollard, Kellie
Discover how nature works in your backyard. Compost and some vegie seeds, a shovel, hat and gloves.
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Image currently unavailable 2923 : Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect by Cleave, Rohan & Tulloch, Coral (ill)
Sometimes, a story of animal survival in the wild is so unbelievable that you couldn't possibly think it was true. The Lord Howe Island Phasmid, also known as the Stick Insect, was once thought to be extinct. Dedicated people have carried out an extraordinary conservation effort. The story is told in the voice of a phasmid, whose life begins inside a small egg where it grows for up to nine months, and becomes three times longer than the egg.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 10077 : Pied Piper of Hamelin, The by Morpurgo, Michael & Clark, Emma Chichester (ill)
In the town of Hamelin, the rich and greedy live like kings and queens, while the poor and sick scavenge rubbish tips for scraps. An orphan boy tells the classic tale of how a plague of rats take over the town and how a fantastic piper offers to rid Hamelin of its rats for a single gold coin. But, when the greedy mayor breaks his word, the piper lures the town's children away.
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Image currently unavailable 5345 : Planetwatch by Bramwell, Martyn & Burnie, David & Dicks, Lynn & Few, Roger
A comprehensive look at life on Earth, a fragile and changing place. Find out how climate change affects the world around us and what might happen in the future to the food we eat, the air we breathe and the land we live on.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 7470 : Platypus by Whiting, Sue & Jackson, Mark (ill)
Platypus leaves his burrow in the riverbank and dives into the cool, green pool. It's dusk and he is hungry. Platypus is always busy, always moving, looking for his next meal. Follow platypus, one of Australia's most puzzling and unique animals, as he plays, swims, dives and scurries around his riverbank home.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 26707 : Polar eyes: a journey to Antarctica by Patrick, Tanya & Hutcheson, Nicholas (ill)
Find out where penguins go to dance, what it's like to sleep in an igloo and how ancient ice can be used as a time machine. Take a journey through the scenes and science of one of the most fascinating parts of the planet, and try some hands-on activities. Heat-related activities may require supervision.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 15423 : Polar lands by Hynes, Margaret
The most remarkable place on earth has an incredible diversity of animals and plant life. Meet the people who live inside the Arctic Circle and the scientists who work in Antarctica. Information about both poles and why they must be conserved.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15221 : Polar regions (Habitats of the world) by Ballance, Alison
Simple text, suitable for an independent reader, with beautifully presented photographic illustrations, looking at examples of the plant and animal life that inhabit polar regions. Includes good information, a glossary of terms and an index.
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Image currently unavailable 6709 : Pow: meet the renewables by Trafford, Caren & Lance, Charlotte (ill)
A fun look at how renewable energy can help turn around climate change and all the positive ways you can help. The Renewables want to Power Our World and give everyone a bright, clean, energy-efficient, power-filled, pollution-free tomorrow.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 4851 : Prehistoric marine life in Australia's inland sea by Clode, Danielle
Step back to a time when Australia's red centre was flooded by a vast shallow ocean, the Eromanga Sea. While dinosaurs stalked the scattered islands that made up the Australian continent, giant marine reptiles ruled the waves. Plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs swam in an inland sea filled with schools of ammonites. Pterosaurs flew overhead and giant carnivorous amphibians lurked in the rivers.
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Image currently unavailable 46870 : Princess Betony and the rule of wishing by Freeman, Pamela & Ainslie, Tamsin (ill)
It's difficult to make friends when you are a princess and Princess Betony is delighted to have found a proper friend at last. But, friendship is not easy when you have never done it before. Princess Betony's new friend, Clover Pink, leads her into adventures she never expected.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 323 : Rainforests of Australia by Churchett, Graham
Colourful photographs highlight this book about the ecology of Australian rainforests.
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Image currently unavailable 1279 : Rescue ark, The by Hall, Susan
An Australian representation of the rhyme/song 'The animals went in two by two' here we have a journey around Australia identifying vulnerable and endangered Australian animals at risk of extinction, such as the Orange-Bellied Parrot, Native Bee and Gulf Snapping Turtle.
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Image currently unavailable 5562 : Rescue on Nim's Island by Orr, Wendy & Kelly, Geoff (ill)
Nim's father has invited scientists to the island to study algae and do some environmental experiments. Nim isn't keen on strangers roaming about her island but is pleased that her friend, Edmund, is coming to visit. When Nim discovers what some of the scientists are really interested in, she and the other children are in danger. Nim must protect herself, Edmund and her beloved island with its special treasures.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 2790 : River and the book, The by Croggon, Alison & Harnett, Katie (ill)
In Simbala's village, they have two treasures. There is the River, which is their road and their god, and the Book, which contains their history, their oracle and their soul. Simbala is a Keeper of the Book, the latest in a long line of women who can use it to find answers to the villager's questions. As developers begin to poison the River on which the villagers rely, the Book predicts change. But, this does not come in the form that they expect.
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Image currently unavailable 71268 : River story by Hooper, Meredith & Willey, Bee (ill)
Follow a river's journey, beginning as a small stream from melted snow in the mountains, as it flows quietly past meadows, under bridges, through cities until, finally, emptying into the sea.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 17559 : River, A by Martin, Marc
There is a river outside my window. I can see it stretching in both directions. Follow an imaginary journey from the city to the sea.
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Image currently unavailable 2355 : Rivertime by Balla, Trace
A boy and his Uncle Egg are on a paddling trip down an Australian river. They come across a swimming wallaby, a crashing koala and some friendly campers.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 2769 : Road to winter, The by Smith, Mark
Since a deadly virus and the ensuing violence wiped out his parents and his community, Finn and his loyal dog have survived two winters on the rugged coast. He avoids the Wilders, a dangerous gang, led by the ruthless Ramage. But, when Rose runs onto the beach, she needs Finn's help. She is a Siley, an asylum seeker, who has escaped from Ramage. Rose is desperate and sick, and her younger sister is still missing in the bush. Ramage wants them back, at any cost. Challenging read. Usually read by Years 9, 10 or above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15217 : Rocky shores (Habitats of the world) by Ballance, Alison
Simple text, suitable for an independent reader, with beautifully presented photographic illustrations, looking at examples of the plant and animal life that inhabit rocky shores.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 74667 : Rufus the numbat by Miller, David
Rufus the numbat is just passing through but his quiet stroll through town causes all kinds of trouble for the people who live there. This very effective story encourages thinking about human impact on the environment.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12444 : Salmon forest by Suzuki, David, Ellis, Sarah & Lott, Sheena (ill)
Take a walk in the woods with Kate and her dad to find out why the Pacific rainforest is called the salmon forest and how the salmon and the forest need each other. You'll also meet fat slugs, squawking gulls and a bear that is hungry for fish.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 19198 : Sam's bush journey by Morgan, Sally & Kwaymullina, Ezekiel & Bancroft, Bronwyn (ill)
Sam is a city boy who doesn't much care about the wonders of the bush. The shrubs are scratchy and the mosquitoes bite. Sam thinks he wouldn't care if the bush disappeared.
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Image currently unavailable 340 : Sand swimmers: the secret life of Australia's dead heart by Oliver, Narelle
A picture book that follows Charles Sturt's journey north from Adelaide in 1844 and describes the desert environment he encountered.
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Image currently unavailable 15219 : Sandy shores (Habitats of the world) by Ballance, Alison
Simple text, suitable for an independent reader, with beautifully presented photographic illustrations, looking at examples of the plant and animal life that inhabit sandy shores. Includes good information, a glossary of terms and an index.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 4854 : Scatterbungle by Cullen, Edrei
Ella's school and the rest of the world are under attack, by Scatterbungle. The Magicals are being stripped of their powers and it is Ella's destiny as the Clearheart to stop the devastation.
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Image currently unavailable 25788 : Sea creatures by Mahoney, Melanie (ed) & Madden, Bec (ed)
Through beautiful photographs and interesting facts, find out about many of the interesting, beautiful and scary sea creatures that we might encounter in Australian seas. Discover what makes them unique and how they live.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 16954 : Sea secrets by Wadds, Gillian M
Young Zena and her Year 7 school friends investigate a mystery that seems to indicate the presence of abalone poachers in her coastal town, a declared marine sanctuary. When a new boy at school goes missing, events unravel and interlink, causing Zena to grow up fast. She gains new understanding of her parents, her friends, and herself.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 6517 : Seagull by Snell, Danny
Seagull loves to fly. It makes her heart sing. But, when she gets caught in a tangle of fishing line on the beach, she is unable to fly. Many creatures try to untangle the line but Seagull can only watch as other birds fly effortlessly above.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 12941 : Secret world of lizards, The by Claybourne, Anna
An explanation of how and why lizards behave as they do, how they communicate and reproduce, what they eat, their role on the planet and how pollution and habitat destruction may threaten their existence.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 13011 : Selected adventures of Bottersnikes and Gumbles, The by Wakefield, S A & Digby, Desmond (ill)
Deep in the Australian bush, Bottersnikes live in rubbish heaps along dusty roadsides. They have green, wrinkly skin, cheese grater noses and long, pointy ears that go red when they're angry, which is most of the time. Giggling Gumbles are cheerful little creatures who can be squashed into all sorts of shapes. They can't pop back into their proper shape unless helped. This makes the friendly Gumbles useful to the lazy Bottersnikes, who have some very nasty tricks planned.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 37103 : Shark attack by French, Jackie
A grey nurse shark colony is under attack - an old mining dam has collapsed in a savage storm, sending a flood of toxic mud towards their breeding ground! Leo and Mozz need to rescue the sharks before it's too late! But when the SkyTiger falls into trouble, will Leo and Mozz be the ones who need rescuing?
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Image currently unavailable 2347 : Shark caller, The by Wolfer, Dianne
Fourteen year old Isabel is returning to her birthplace in Papua New Guinea. She's eager to see her family again but there's a tragic reason for the trip. Izzy's twin brother, Ray, has died in a freak diving accident. Things have changed since their last visit. Logging threatens the community's way of life and sharks no longer answer the ancestral song of the shark callers. The clan needs someone to undertake a traditional and perilous diving ritual. It must be a twin from the shark calling lineage. Izzy is the last twin.
7-9 booklist
No book cover. 25680 : Ship breaker by Bacigalupi, Paolo
In a post-apocalyptic world, Nailer scavenges for copper wire by crawling into the wrecks of ancient oil tankers that line the beaches of America's Gulf Coast. It's dirty, dangerous work. After a hurricane, Nailer finds the wreck of a clipper ship, filled with valuable goods that could make him rich. Amid the wreckage, a girl clings to life and Nailer is her only hope. He must make a choice. Includes violence. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 757 : Smart about sharks by Davey, Owen
It's time to learn some amazing facts about the sea's most feared, and most misunderstood, denizens of the deep.
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Image currently unavailable 8990 : Something about water by Matthews, Penny & Jellett, Tom (ill)
A humorous and informative book about the importance of water in our lives. Find out about the water cycle and the part you can play in helping the planet by recycling. Small things can make a big difference.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 9139 : Sophie Scott goes south by Lester, Alison
Sophie Scott is only nine years old but she's going to Antarctica on an icebreaker with her dad, the ship's captain. During the voyage to Mawson Station and back, Sophie keeps a diary. She makes new friends, wonders at the southern lights and even becomes stranded in a blizzard.
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Image currently unavailable 19565 : Spark by Wallace, Adam & Plant, Andrew (ill)
I began as a dry spark in the dry grass. All I wanted was a friend. I found one in the wind, who helped me to grow and fly.
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Image currently unavailable 754 : Sylvia by Sharp, Christine
Sylvia snail is in love with Simon and his luscious lettuce, choice cucumbers and buttery beans. But, being so small, Sylvia wonders how she can get Simon to notice her.
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Image currently unavailable 27161 : Thirst by Wilcock, Lizzie
Fourteen year old Karanda Hooke doesn't need anybody or anything. On her way to her sixth foster home, a crash leaves her stranded in the outback, with only a backpack, a bottle of water and a stained picture of the mother she hasn't seen in years. This is her chance to escape her old life. There's only one thing in her way. Eight year old Solomon, a fellow foster child, who was also in the car.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 85889 : This is the mountain by Moss, Miriam & Kennaway, Adrienne (ill)
Discover Mt Kilimanjaro in East Africa and the significance it has for the wildlife that lives within its shadow, on its slopes and high on its peak.
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Image currently unavailable 52510 : This is the reef by Moss, Miriam & Kennaway, Adrienne (ill)
The Great Barrier Reef's environs and inhabitants, and the delicate relationship between the two, are explored in this unusual ecosystem. A prose poem with vibrant illustrations provides a glimpse into an unseen, underwater world.
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No book cover. 26136 : Tiger tangle by French, Jackie
Glam Rock is a famous pop star who performs with his tame tiger by his side. But Leo can sense something is wrong - Glam hasn't been telling the truth, and Leo can read the tiger's terror and despair... she's crying out for help. Can Leo and Mozz rescue her?
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15410 : Tin forest, The by Ward, Helen & Anderson, Wayne (ill)
In the middle of a dark, lonely wasteland filled with old scrap metal lives a forgotten man. He dreams of a lively forest, full of sunshine, plants, birds and animals but always wakes to gloom. One day, he comes up with an idea to change things.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 38484 : Tomorrow book, The by French, Jackie & Degennaro, Sue (ill)
When the little prince's parents leave him in charge of the kingdom, he and his friends use the ideas found in the palace library books to transform the world into a better place.
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Image currently unavailable 6369 : Trapped: a whale's rescue by Burleigh, Robert & Minor, Wendell (ill)
In the icy waters of the Pacific, a massive humpback whale unexpectedly finds herself tangled in a net abandoned by fishermen. The race is on to save the whale from drowning. When a rescue boat and a convoy of divers arrive to help the struggling humpback, a realistic and moving encounter bridges the human and aquatic worlds.
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No book cover. 18304 : Trash and recycling by Turnbull, Stephanie & Fox, Christyan
A beautifully presented book about conservation through recycling, including simple and interesting facts, an index, a glossary and web links. This book is also known as Rubbish and recycling.
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Image currently unavailable 8100 : Tree of life by Strauss, Rochelle & Thompson, Margot (ill)
A simple introduction to biodiversity, using a tree as a metaphor to explain how scientists organise life into five kingdoms, each one having thousands of species. Some species are barely hanging on to survival.
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Image currently unavailable 2762 : Tree, The by Layton, Neal
The tree is home to a family of birds in their nest, squirrels in their drey and rabbits in their burrow. When a man and woman decide to cut the tree down and use it for their dream house, the animals are uder threat.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15220 : Tropical rainforest (Habitats of the world) by Ballance, Alison
Simple text, suitable for an independent reader, with beautifully presented photographic illustrations, looking at examples of the plant and animal life that inhabit tropical rainforests. Includes good information, a glossary of terms and an index.
K-2 booklist
No book cover. 6440 : Ubiquitous: celebrating nature's survivors by Sidman, Joyce & Prange, Beckie (ill)
The book's title, Ubiquitous, means something that is, or seems to be, everywhere at the same time. Through beautifully illustrated poems, this book investigates the natural world, from the single-celled bacteria and diatom to the ever-present ant and dandelion, and describes how these very special life-forms avoided extinction to become nature's survivors.
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Image currently unavailable 498 : Uno's garden by Base, Graeme
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.
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Image currently unavailable 15329 : Water the amazing journey by Trafford, Caren & Eriksson, Megan (ill)
With cartoon-style graphics, appealing illustrations and interesting facts, this book shows why water is so important and how we can conserve it.
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Image currently unavailable 40020 : Water wise by Hawes, Alison
Find out why the world needs to be water wise. Presenting a global view about equal access to clean water around the world and the impact water wastage and water pollution will have, find out how each person and home can make a difference.
3-4 booklist
No book cover. 18391 : Waves: from surfing to tsunami by Kampion, Drew
This informative, documentary style book contains wonderful, visual images of waves. Photographs portray the origin and parts of a wave, and the effects of river and ocean waves on the environment. Includes a glossary of terms.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 46779 : We are the weather makers by Flannery, Tim
The Weather Makers has had a huge impact on our consciousness about climate change. It has changed minds and hearts. This book speaks to the school children who will inherit the new climate which their parents and grandparents have helped to create. Provides scientific examinations and some conclusions about climate change.
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Image currently unavailable 15325 : Weather by Cosgrove, Brian
Be an eyewitness to how the weather works. Find out how clouds form, why it rains, what causes a ferocious hurricane or a roaring tornado that strikes without warning and why the climate may change in the future.
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No book cover. 82128 : Weather by Harris, Caroline
Introduces readers to the atmospheric world around them, from sun and wind to climate and temperature. You can look at snowflakes in amazing detail, discover the water cycle and learn how rain forms in clouds. The devastating effects of extreme weather are revealed, as well as how rescue services help out.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 112309 : Weather or not: it's a climate for change by Trafford, Caren & Wilsher, David (ill)
Let's talk about the weather. A complex subject made easy for young people to understand, using whimsical pictures, humour, cartoons and puns. An encouraging look at global warming solutions and positive action.
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Image currently unavailable 9491 : What are Coral reefs by Llewellyn, Claire
An introduction to the formation, location, and types of coral reefs, as well as threats to them and efforts to preserve them.
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No book cover. 40834 : What's Biology all about? by Maskell, Hazel et al
Discover what life is, how it works and why Biology is more exciting today then ever before...
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15330 : Where does the poo go...when you flush by Trafford, Caren & Oakley, Jade (ill)
With cartoon-style graphics, appealing illustrations and interesting facts, this book talks about effluent waste, the history of its disposal and how our views are changing about the treatment of sewerage.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 455 : Where the forest meets the sea by Baker, Jeannie
A book without words in which superb collages tell the story of a boy and his father visiting an endangered rainforest in Queensland.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 4089 : Where's the elephant by Barroux
What starts as a game of jungle hide-and-seek to find the elephant, the parrot and the snake quickly turns into something more significant. A near wordless picture book which powerfully demonstrates the devastating effects of deforestation in Brazil.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 73240 : Why the animals came to town by Foreman, Michael
Anteaters, apes and antelopes, baboons and bison, beavers, bats. Animals from all over the world have come to our street. A boy's nocturnal visit from a parade of dancing animals warns us all that the world we share is in danger.
K-2 booklist
Image currently unavailable 4232 : Wild stories by Thompson, Colin
Meet the inhabitants of the house called fourteen and its overgrown garden. To name just a few, there's Sid the mosquito exploring the delights of the house, and Derek the rat who is sniffing out old socks for supper. Ethel the chicken is trying to persuade the world she's not an orange, while Arnold the mouse spends more time in the trap than out of it.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 114052 : Wildlife of the world by Packham, Chris (forward) & Dorling Kindersley
Spectacular photographs and interesting facts bring you face to face with some of the most fascinating animals on Earth. Journey through scenic and rich animal habitats, from the Amazon rainforest to the Himalayas, the Sahara to the South Pole. Discover how these diverse and fascinating creatures feed, interact, mate, play and survive, and why it is important for them to survive.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 466 : Window by Baker, Jeannie
A book without words showing the growth and development of a child and his environment. Superb collages tell the story.
5-6 booklist
Image currently unavailable 12468 : World that we want, The by Toft, Kim Michelle
Nine different habitats and forty-five fascinating creatures feature in this spectacular portrayal of the rare and fragile beauty of North Queensland.
3-4 booklist
Image currently unavailable 18453 : World-wide waste by Trafford, Caren
Through humour, environmental waste issues are discussed featuring simple, easily understood text and cartoon-style drawings.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 22076 : Wow: Earth by Dorling Kindersley
A visually amazing encyclopaedia all about Earth. Crammed full of incredible stuff to dip into, from magnificent meteorites to cool caves, crystals and coral reefs, all revealed in an exciting and totally different way. It's like a museum, a search engine and the world's most exciting geography field trip, all rolled into one.
5-6 booklist
No book cover. 41815 : Wreckers by Hearn, Julie
In 1732, a mysterious box is taken from the Cornish sea and hidden in the wall of the nearby cliff-top manor house. A century from now, sixteen years after London is destroyed in an apocalyptic attack, five teenagers spend the night in the abandoned house. They discover the box and take it home. What lay within is only dormant, waiting for the time when it would be released upon the world. And that time is now.
7-9 booklist
Image currently unavailable 15165 : Zoo album by Morecroft, Richard & Mackay, Alison & Lloyd-Diviny, Karen (ill)
A collection of stories and facts about actual animals living in zoos. Be informed about animals' personalities, behaviours and find out what their keepers say about them.
3-4 booklist