Stories for Keep Australia Beautiful Week (22-28 August)
23 Jul 2021
All kids can learn about how to take care of the environment and natural surrounds from a young age. Keep Australia Beautiful Week (22-28 August) is a long-running campaign which encourages all Australians to pick up their litter, work together to treat our natural resources with care, and support the sustainability and beauty of this country.
Educators, librarians and parents can support kids in watching stories from our collection, to learn about what being eco-friendly means, why it’s important, and the small things children can do everyday to be eco-warriors. Watch stories from our list below, and explore more in our Environment series.
An environmental tale from Sally Morgan that shows how animals are affected by rubbish left in their habitat by humans. Ambelin Kwaymullina's illustrations are an explosion of colour and cleverly show the perils faced by our native animals. Read by actor Miah Madden, this timely story is a great reminder to everyone that we must work together to look after our environment!
Benny Bungarra’s Big Bush Clean-Up is our free access story for Australian and New Zealand audiences during the month of August.
Far from Nell's home in the countryside, the Big City is growing more polluted every day - and Nell has a brilliant mind and an ingenious invention. A beautifully told story about a small girl with a big dream to make the world a better place from creator Sher Rill Ng and read by Enya Lucas.
Edward is sad after he finds the last tree in the city is no longer standing. After some reflection, he finds a way to make things better. A poignant tale about the environment and the way children relate to its beauty, written, illustrated and read by the talented Peter Carnavas.
With a powerful, poetic text by Sarah Brennan, wonderfully read aloud by Akina Edmonds and with illustrations full of life and movement from Jane Tanner, Storm Whale celebrates the majesty and vulnerability of nature and our place in it.
From creator Marc Martin, a glorious treasure of a story, with exquisitely composed artwork, that marvellously resembles the flow of the gentle text and contains subtle environmental messages, A River, thoughtfully read by author Will Kostakis, will inspire curious minds to explore the wonders of the world.
A Walk in the Bush by author/illustrator Gwyn Perkins is a story about the wonders of nature, the funny side of life and spending time with the ones we love. Grandad and Iggy delight in the sights, sounds and smells they encounter on their walk and we learn about some fascinating aspects of the flora and fauna they come across.