Library Nature Reads


"The kookaburra song" by Marion Sinclair

"Feathers, fur or fins" album by Don Spencer

Albums by The Jambu Tree Kids

"Home among the gum trees" by Bob Brown

Books about trees

This Tree, 1, 2, 3. By Alison Formento.

This Tree Counts! By Alison Formento.

In My Tree. By Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich.

Last Tree. By Mark Wilson. (Set in Victoria and about a eucalyptus tree).

The Magnificent Tree. By Nick Bland.

Last Tree in the City. By Peter Carnavas. (E-version available for free)

The Curious Garden. By Peter Brown.

The Tiny Seed. By Eric Carle.

Tess's Tree. By Jess Brallier.

Books about Australian animals

Possum Magic by Mem Fox

Wombat Divine by Mem Fox 

Diary of a wombat by Jackie French

Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles 

Wombat Stew by Marcia K. Vaughan 


Books about Indigenous Australia

The Naked Boy and the Crocodile. By Andy Griffiths.

Kangaroos Hop. By Ros Moriarty.

Ten Scared Fish. By Ros Moriarty.

(The sale of the above two books raises money for the Indi Kindi program, which supports literacy for Indigenous children.)

Ernie dances to the didgeridoo. By Alison Lester.

Interactive rhymes

Enliven your favourite nature poems and nursery rhymes with puppets, accompanying "choreography" to assist in the learning of new words, or props if you can find them. If you have trouble finding some good poems, or if some are too long, try extracts instead, or edit a well-known poem like we've done below!


I'm a watering can

I'm a watering can

Short and stout

Here is my handle, here is my spout

Help my plants all grow up

From a sprout

Tip me over, pour me out!