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  • Published: 6 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143789253
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $16.99

One Small Island

A beautiful, award-winning picture book by much-loved children’s book creators Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch about the remote and precious World Heritage site, Macquarie Island, and the battle to save it from environmental destruction.

A book of importance and hope, this is a must-have book for schools, libraries and of course, the bookshelf of every Australian child. " Kids' Book Review

Macquarie Island lies in the Southern Ocean, between Antarctica and New Zealand. A speck of green in the vast, windswept sea, it is a haven for many creatures that live above and below the waves.

In One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch bring us the story of this remote and precious World Heritage Site. Together they explore the island's unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today.

Through beautiful illustrations and engaging storytelling, this picture book takes young readers on a journey of discovery to learn about:

*Environmental conservation and protection
*Unique wildlife of Tasmania
*How human activities impact nature
*The importance of preserving habitats
*Collaboration and teamwork

A must-read for young nature enthusiasts and budding environmentalists, One Small Island asks the important question: can Macquarie Island and places like it be saved?

*Australian Book Industry Awards: Shortlisted Book of the Year 2012*
*CBCA Book of the Year Awards: Winner Eve Pownall Award for Information Books 2012*
*Whitley Book Awards: Winner Best Children's Book 2012*
*Environment Award for Children's Literature: Winner Picture Book 2012*

Another classic from Alison Lester, the creator of many much-loved and award-winning picture books, including:
Are We There Yet?
I'm Green and I'm Grumpy!
Who's that Knocking?
Running with the Horses
One Small Island
Kissed by the Moon
Our Island
My Dog Bigsy
Sophie Scott Goes South

  • Published: 6 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143789253
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $16.99

About the authors

Alison Lester

Alison Lester is one of Australia's most popular and bestselling creators of children's books. Her picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special.

In a career spanning decades, Alison Lester has written many books, and won numerous prestigious awards, including the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Award for her much-loved classic Are We There Yet? and the CBCA Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award for One Small Island. Her picture books include Kissed by the Moon, Running with the Horses, Sophie Scott Goes South and My Dog Bigsy – to name just a few. Alison Lester became Australia's first Children's Book Laureate in 2012, a position shared with Boori Monty Pryor. In 2016, Alison was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children's and young adult literature, and in 2018 she became the first children's book writer to win the Melbourne Prize for Literature, for her contribution to Australian literature and cultural and intellectual life.

Alison lives on a farm in the Victorian countryside. She spends part of each year travelling to schools around Australia, helping students and teachers develop their own stories.

Coral Tulloch

Coral Tulloch has illustrated over 50 fiction and non-fiction books for children, in Australia and internationally.

She is the creator of a syndicated page for children, 'The Tales of Wombat Creek', which appeared for over 20 years in newspapers throughout Australia and overseas. Her book Antarctica, The Heart of the World, which she wrote and illustrated, won the Environment Award for Children's Literature in 2004.

As well as having a passion for environmental education, Coral loves Antarctica, which she visits when she can as artist-in-residence on tourist voyages; but recently drawings of penguins have given way to tortoise shells.

Coral lives in Hobart with her husband, Peter and daughter, Tully.

Praise for One Small Island

A beautiful and supremely important book for children of all ages.


Awards & recognition

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

Winner  •  2012  •  Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Environment Award for Children's Literature

Winner  •  2012  •  Picture Fiction

Whitley Book Awards

Winner  •  2012  •  Best Children's Book

WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  2012  •  Picture Books

Melbourne Prize for Literature

Winner  •  2018  •  Alison Lester