Title: The Forest in the Tree Authors: Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr, Gregory Crocetti Genre/ issues: Narrative non-fiction. Ecology and nature.
Title: The Tale of the Whale Author: Karen Swann Illustrator: Padmacandra Genre/ issues: Environmental action. Caring for nature.
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A few environmental themed picture books!
Bee Detectives is a great book from @csiropublishing, looking at the importance of recognising and preserving the diversity of bees in the Australian environment. Super cute illustrations, with accurate and appropriate scientific detail. A great engaging read for your budding junior bee detectives!
The Forest and the Tree is the fourth book in this series – also from the CSIRO, its safe to say I’m obsessed with them. Stunning illustrations that are both beautifully coloured and filled with scientific detail. This one looks at the partnerships between plants, fungi and bacteria. I love how multilayered these books are – you could read them as a relatively simple scientific narrative, or you could delve deeply into the science behind the story which fills the last few pages of each book. Highly recommended! Usually when I read a picture book, I tend to add it to a box which eventually gets donated to a school. This one isn’t going anywhere!
And, finally, The Tale of a Whale is a sweet and engaging story of a girl chatting to a whale, who tells her about all the wonders of the ocean he inhabits – and the problems, too, as pollution and litter threaten his home. A gentle call for action, with lovely illustrations.
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