Episode 118: New Back-to-Nature Books

September 16, 2023

In episode 118 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

 New back-to-nature books

To celebrate Nature Book Week, Megan brings a list of brand-new books all about the natural world – and the reasons kids should read them. Plus, a new picture book that has taken social media by storm.

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Bookmail and TBR pile

 ‘Count the Stars’ by Raewyn Caisley. Illustrated by Gabriel Evans

‘Nothing Alike’ by Zewlan Moor. Illustrated by Peter Cheong

‘Ash Barty, Champion’ by Ash Barty (younger readers edition) 

‘Cub and Brown’ by Edwina Wyatt. Illustrated by Evie Barrow

‘A Christmas Present for Roo’ by Sophie Sayle. Illustrated by Daron Parton

‘Every Night at Midnight’ by Peter Cheong

Bingo Question

Nature Book Week is celebrated annually from the 4-10 September and culminates in the annoucement of the winners of the 2023 Karajia and Environment Awards for Children’s Literature. The Karajia and Environment Award for Children’s Literature has been recognising the talents of authors and illustrators and promoting a love of nature in young people since it was established in 1994.

Children’s literature serves as a powerful tool for engaging young minds in conversations about the natural world. Books allow us to see the world from different perspectives, encouraging empathy, and expanding our knowledge. Stories that tackle themes of sustainability and nature provide a platform for discussion, enabling children to gather ideas and embark on journeys of learning and action.  Megan Daley

We talked on the podcast about books for outdoor adventuring here.

Megan talks about the importance of nature themed kids books here.

New Back-to-Nature Books

‘Alight’ by Dr Sam Lloyd

‘In My Garden’ by Kate Mayes. Illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie

‘Leaf-Light’ by Trace Balla

‘The Tiny Tailors’ by Kat Macleod

‘Songlines’(for younger readers) by Margo Neale and Lynne Kelly. Illustrated by Blak Douglas

‘Country: Future Fire, Future Farming’ by Bruce Pascoe, Bill Gammage, Margo Neale

‘Lets Eat Weeds’ by Annie Raser-Rowland and Adam Grubb. Illustrated by Evie Barrow

‘Landing with Wings’ by Trace Balla

‘The Last Wild’ trilogy by Piers Torday

‘Searching for Cicadas’ by Lesley Gibbes. Illustrated by Judy Watson

‘The Book of Australian Trees’ by Inga Simpson. Illustrated by Alicia Rogerson

‘Rewilding Kids Australia’ by Melissa Mylchreest

‘Twitch’ by M.G. Leonard

‘Your Wild Journal’ by Wild Kindy

Quick tips

With Book Week over for another year, it’s actually time to start looking at author visits for NEXT YEAR, including Allison Tait (right hand side bar on this page shows you her ‘menu’ of talks.


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