Author visits are heavily focussed on discussing the importance of literacy in the constantly evolving learning area of sustainability. Rather than covering familiar concepts such as recycling and energy conservation, we use examples from middle grade eco-fiction novels such as Melody Finch to examine how they inspire empathy toward other people and the non-human world. We also show how our uniquely Australian wildlife and landscapes shape the formation of characters and plots.
Meet Biji, the greater bilby.
Students learn the physical attributes of bilbies that have allowed their species to survive in Australia for millions of years. They are then taken on a journey into Biji's world through the use of words and the power of their own imaginations.