Celebrating National Tree Day


National Tree Day has just passed, but every single day can be tree day and I highly recommend selecting a native tree or plant and getting out in some sunshine very soon to plant your carefully selected new baby.

This year the girls and I planted an Injune Bottlebrush (Callistemon Injune) which was sent to us by the Penguin Random House Green Team, a staff-led team with members spread across all their offices and warehouses. This post is in no way sponsored by them, but I was pretty darned impressed with their initiative in sending trees and books to celebrate National Tree Day.

Below is my selection of books which you may like to use in helping you to celebrate the natural world and the wonder of trees, bees, environmental activism and reducing waste. I have a really extensive (and very popular – the most read blog post on Children’s Books Daily actually) list of my top 100 books on sustainability here, which I encourage you to check for more titles. Many of the titles in my longer list are now out of print but can be sourced from your local library. The Wilderness Society awards short list has also just been announced and those books can be found here.

ChickPea and I have been particularly loving new book ‘Enough Apples’ by Kim Kane and Lucia  Masciullo for it’s strong messages about urban greening and creative adaptation to change; we’re on about our sixth night of reading it!

I’m also going to highly, highly recommend my new favourite app ‘Paperbark: A Story of a Wombat’. Get your headphones and prepare to be mindful – the sounds transport you to the Australian bush and the ‘action’ is less action and more meandering along with a wombat learning about plant species and threats to native animals. I’m classifying this more as an interactive book than a game, probably because I’m a librarian (!) and one of my fav author/illustrators, Renee Treml is involved, but whatever you want to view it as, it’s a delightful experience and one to immerse yourself in – perfect for all ages.

From the developers: ‘Paperbark’ tells a beautiful short story of a wombat, the bush and a very hot Australian Summer. Follow a sleepy wombat who spends its day exploring and foraging, while in search for a new home. Wander through a beautifully stylised interpretation of Australia, and watch as you bring the illustrated landscape to life, through vibrant watercolours and sounds. Inspired by iconic Australian storybooks and landscape artists, Paperbark will make a wonderful addition to anyone’s library. Paperbark is only compatible with iPad Air 2, iPad 9.7″ and iPad Pro, iPhone 6, iPod Touch 6 and up. It will not be able to run on earlier generations, even if able to be installed.

Along with our bottlebrush, Penguin Random House also sent a selection of books, some of which I’ve added to my ‘Tree Day Prize Pack’, which will be drawn on Sunday 5th August 2018 – entry details below.

‘Last Tree in the City’ by Peter Carnavas

‘The Last Tree’ by Mark Wilson

‘Enough Apples’ by Kim Kane and Lucia Masciullo

‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle

‘A Zero Waste Life’ by Anita Vandyke

‘How to Give Up Plastic’ by Will MccAllum

 ‘How to Bee’ by Bren MacDibble

 ‘An Activist Life’ by Christine Milne

 ‘Bouncing Back’ by Rohan Cleave and Coral Tulloch

‘The Bee Book’ by DK

‘A Forest’ by Marc Martin

‘Florette’ by Anna Walker

‘A Patch From Scratch’ by Megan Forward

‘The Earth Book’ by Jonathan Litton

I’m really loving the two titles above, ‘How to Give Up Plastic’ and ‘A Zero Waste Life’ – achievable and practical advice, lots of info in an easy to read style and one’s to keep on hand as we all look at ways we can lesson the impact we have on the planet.

WIN a Tree Day Prize Pack

To win the titles listed below – tell us what your family are doing to lessen your impact on the planet. Enter via comment on the blog or on social media associated with this competition.

The prize is one copy each of: ‘Lulu Belle and the Sea Turtle’ by Belinda Murrell; ‘How to Bee’ by Bren MacDibble; Pippa’s Island: The Beach Shack Café’ by Belinda Murrell; ‘An Activist Life’ by Christine Milne; ‘Grow Fruit and Veg in Pots’ by DK; ‘Jackie French’s Chook Book’ by Jackie French; ‘Bouncing Back’ by Rohan Cleave and Coral Tulloch; ‘The Bee Book’ by DK; ‘A Forest’ by Marc Martin; ‘Florette’ by Anna Walker; ‘A Patch From Scratch’ by Megan Forward; ‘The Earth Book’ by Jonathan Litton.

Please note that comments on the blog are moderated – don’t panic, your comment will appear soon enough! Find out about future giveaways by signing up to the Children’s Books Daily weekly newsletter in the left-hand sidebar.

Terms and Conditions

  • Entry is open to residents of Australia only. Competition opens 30/7/18 at 6pm and ends at midday 5/8/18.
  • Entry is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining a winner.
  • Winners will be chosen by CBD admin from all eligible entries received.
  • Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Winners will be contacted via their email address as given in the entry.
  • If a winner is unable to be contacted or does not claim their Prize within 14 days the prize will be forfeited.
  • In the event of forfeiture a further draw will be conducted within 14 days and a new winner will be selected.


  • The Prize will be sent to the winner’s address.
  • Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash.


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  1. Our family made a trip to biome at Indooroopilly to pick up some reusable products. After much deliberation we chose a bag of mesh produce bags, a shampoo bar and some metal straws. We are now the proud owners of Poppy and Fiji (chooks) who eat our green waste and provide fertiliser for our herb garden. New water bottles have been purchased so we don’t buy water when we are out. My eldest now always asks to not have a straw if we buy drinks from cafes and restaurants. I am trying to use essential oil cleaning products. All little easy changes that cost very little and are easy to maintain. We are going to keep making changes.

  2. Our impact on the earth is a discussion that arises in the moment in our family. During the grocery shopping we discuss our choices in terms of packaging, ethical purchasing as well as nutritional value for our bodies. The children continue these discussions at school with their friends and teachers and in their projects. I love it that they are aware that our simple choices and actions have a global affect for wildlife, wilderness and weather. We spend a lot of time in nature and this connection and love of our planet is strong. We are mindful about wildlife input garden and neighbourhood, learning about native plants and how we can use these to attract and feed birds and bees in our own backyard. We also keep chooks, compost our garden waste, carpool with neighbours and shop for clothing at op shops before buying new. There are so many small ways we can make changes, which eventually just become great habits.

    • Love your discussions of ethical purchasing with your family – really making them aware. Education is the key to making better habits. Thanks for your entry!

  3. Our family is starting small. Our children are young and so now is the time for us to implement lifestyle changes that become their normal. One step at a time we hope to living an enviromentally ethical life. Step one is to sort out our recycling and waste there is so much room for improvement. I love watching my 3 yr old pick up rubbish in her older sisters playground and put it in the right bin without being asked 🌳

  4. As a mother of 2 young toddlers we are trying to reduce our waste footprint on this Earth! We use all our own shopping bags, have a worm farm and compost! We have waste free lunch boxes and metal refillable water bottles! We try to buy as many plastic free packaged products as we can however ensure we recycle all plastics including soft plastics which are dropped to the local supermarket for recycling into school furniture!
    We participate in the local Sea Shepherd beach clean up and always pick up any rubbish we see in local parks or beaches! My 4 year old son now does this without even being asked!
    We also read books about the impact our lives have on this Earth- my son is learning empathy through these characters- especially the animal characters! We regularly discuss this issue and are committed to help make a change!

  5. Our family has been steadily decreasing our use of plastic by replacing common household items with eco-friendly versions. Toothbrushes, soaps, washing powder etc. and I am constantly looking for new products we can replace. Next on my list to try are the new shampoo bars. We’ve been shopping with reusable bags for a long time now (even stacking everything back into the trolley when leaving the bags in the car by accident AGAIN so I can put them in bags back at the car. Remembering to take the bags into the shops is soooo much easier 😂). We shop at our local farmer’s market to make sure we are reducing the travel cost of the food we eat and to buy directly from the farmer. I have also booked into a ‘Make your own beeswax wraps’ workshop in a few weeks. Also, of course, I educate my children about how we can look after our planet through example and by reading awesome books! They’re waste warriors and are keen to go and pick up rubbish off our beaches soon!

  6. Hello! Our family have been using reusable shopping bags for many years. We also use bees wax wraps in the kitchen. When out we take our own containers and steel straws. We have steel drink bottles and the kids have planetbox lunch boxes. In the bathroom we use bar soap and bamboo cotton buds. For cleaning I use natural material scrubbing brushes/sponges and vinegar. We recycle batteries by taking them to the collection point at our local library and soft plastics by taking them to the collection point at the supermarket. I have phased out using glitter in our kids craft. I take the kids to as many community environmental events as possible – tree plantings, helping at community gardens, squirrel glider nest box installation and monitoring, and flora and fauna walks. We get out into nature a lot so the kids can form a deep connection with the natural world and a strong sense of the importance of preservation.

  7. Firstly thank you for this opportunity! I love your blog! You are an inspiration to me and my son! Love your recommendations! We are starting our own vegetable garden so we don’t have to buy anything from the shopping! We will have also a compost bin and we don’t use straws at all! This is just the beginning…

  8. I love your blog – thanks for this opportunity! In our house we’ve been having lots of discussions about straws in particular recently! We use our own bags for groceries, have chooks to eat all our food scraps, have a veggie garden and I’ve become a little hooked on essential oils and am making my own skin care & cleaning products!! Lots of little things to make a difference in the long run – hopefully! I teach year 12’s and we are currently looking at global health and having lots of discussions about what we can do locally to make a difference for our planet! I think it’s all about awareness and getting my own kids and those I teach to think about our actions and how we can make small changes for the better!

  9. Fantastic blog and what a great competition. We just completed Plastic Free July and did so well to not use cling wrap at all by making beeswax wraps together and some produce bags out of old netting as well. We shopped together at a bulk supply shop and used our own containers which was great as helped with their maths as well!

    We too have chickens who eat all our scraps and are lovely pets as well. My eldest daughter is trying to introduce ‘Nude Tuesdays’ lunch days at school to reduce plastics and awareness at their school.

  10. Winner Winner green, green dinner! Congratulations to Amy Peters on her insightful entry! Please contact us so we can send you your stack of fabulous books.
    Thank you to everyone who entered. It sure is wonderful to read your ah-mazing eco-friendly, impact lessening strategies.


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