Aussie Books Lists: Our environment and terrain

Australia. What images come to mind when you think of our beautiful country? To me, Australia is a land of contrasts: A land of new and of old; a land of drought and of flood; a land of the town and of the city; a land of diversity and of community…….

So many talented authors have been able to capture to uniqueness of Australia in their beautiful words. Here are just a few of them…

My Island Home

Author: Neil Murray


Format: Paperback

Publisher: One Day Hill, September 2010

From the Iconic Australian song written by Neil Murray comes an exciting and inspirational story for children of all ages. Every page is bursting with colour to depict the song lyrics as seen by the paintings of school children of the Kintore and Galiwinku communities.

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Sam’s Bush Journey

Author: Sally Morgan


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Little Hare Books, May 2010

Sam is a young boy who like a lot of young boys of the new generation, hates the Australian bush and outdoors. Sam would be happy if it all disappeared.

Then he goes to stay with his Nanna who LOVES the outdoors and going for long walks in the bush. Through storytelling, Nanna begins to teach Sam about the bush: its shelter, food and water, and he soon realises through his own journey that the bush has an abundance of good things on offer – including adventure.

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Why I Love Australia

Author: Bronwyn Bancroft


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Little Hare Books, May 2010

From the coast to the outback, from cities to plains, from dramatic gorges to rugged alpine peaks, from deserts to rainforests … Australia is a continent of many and varied landscapes. Each of them is dramatic and all inspire awe and reverence. In this glorious book, Aboriginal artist Bronwyn Bancroft explores both the country and her feelings for it.

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My Country

Author and Illustrator: Dorothea Mackellar and Freya Blackwood


Format: Hardback

Publisher: Omnibus Books, February 2010

Dorothea Mackellar’s iconic poem has been brought to life as a beautifully illustrated picture book. The story begins in England, the orderly land of Mackellar’s ancestors. But this is not where the narrator’s heart lies. She prefers the sunburnt land of Australia with its plains and mountains and ever-changing weather.

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The World That We Want

Author: Kim Michelle Toft


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, July 2005

A stunning interactive environmental picture book illustrating the unique ecosystems of North Queensland. Each illustration has been exquisitely created by hand painting on silk and each contains 10 representative creatures. Nine ecosystems are explored with the climax bringing together all ecosystems in a rarely attempted multiple gatefold page. The World That We Want brings to centre stage the rare beauty and fragile environment of North Queensland and its native inhabitants of this great land for all to share.

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Where the Forest Meets the Sea

Author: Jeannie Baker


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Walker Books, February 1998

When a young boy visits a tropical rain forest, he pretends it is a long time ago and that extinct and rare animals live in the forest, and aboriginal children play there. But how much longer will the rainforest remain, he wonders?

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Aussie Books Lists: Our environment and terrain


  1. Gosh there are some really beautiful children’s books about this amazing country of our isn’t there? You’ve made a really lovely selection!
    Donna :) :)

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