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Wednesday 10 April 2019

Guest Post: Karen Tyrrell on Great Barrier Reef Books

Today we welcome SE Queensalnd children's author, Karen Tyrrell as she demonstrates how books about natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef can inspire and educate young people promoting them to care more about the world around them.

‘The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger. – It’s time to step up.’– David Attenborough

With our Great Barrier Reef, oceans and waterways ravaged by climate change and pollution, kids need hope for the future. What can children do to save our Great Barrier Reef from further damage?

Kids need eco education to inspire and empower themselves to take action and become eco warriors. One pathway is by reading books with positive messages of hope.

Books with positive eco messages highlight environmental and ecological influences on our planet - and what we can do about it. Eco warrior books motivate children to take care of the reef, endangered marine animals, and precious resources of Planet Earth. They teach kids about sustainability and how to reduce the human imprint on the ocean and the waterways.

Eco warriors are our modern-day superheros. Eco superheroes help kids to connect with their inner super powers and take charge.
Super eco warriors fight environmental problems and villains, challenging themselves to find solutions. They model how children can take action to become little eco warrior themselves. Kids learn how to keep our waterways clean, green and beautiful.

#7 Ways to Inspire Kids to take care of the Great Barrier Reef
  1. Pick up litter in waterways, parks and streets
  2. Reduce your purchase of plastics or excessive packaging, especially plastic water bottles, plastic straws and takeaway containers
  3. Reduce your carbon footprint and live more sustainably, a way of living that minimises impact on the planet
  4. Where possible, use public transport or ride your bike
  5. Recycle as much as you can, and use reusable shopping bags and water bottles
  6. If you’re visiting the Great Barrier Reef, help scientists and researchers by getting involved in any of the Save the Reef programs.
  7. Read books to kids about environmental superheroes and how to become an eco-warrior.
#4 Great Barrier Reef Books to Read 
  • Great Barrier Reef Recue (Song Bird) by Karen Tyrrell - Junior Fiction
  • Turtle Trackers by Samantha Wheeler - Junior Fiction
  • Turtle Love by Renee Hills - picture book
  • Great Barrier Thief by Dr Suzie Starfish - picture book 

Karen Tyrrell is the Brisbane author of Great Barrier Reef Rescue (Song Bird) out 5 May. How does eco warrior, Song Bird Superhero rescue the Great Barrier Reef? Karen writes superhero books to help kids live strong and connect with their inner superhero. She's a teacher, speaker and workshop presenter.

Find Song Bird eco series at: