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A-Z of Australian Animals by Jennifer Cossins

Title: A-Z of Australian Animals

A turquoise cover with a sugar glider on the cover, sitting on a native plant. It reads A-Z of Australian Animals by Jennifer Cossins in white text.

Author: Jennifer Cossins

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publisher: Hachette/Lothian

Published: 23rd February 2022

Format: Paperback

Pages: 64

Price: $18.99

Synopsis: A beautifully illustrated anthology of 26 of Australia’s most fascinating animals from CBCA Honour Book author/illustrator Jennifer Cossins.

From the award-winning creator of A-Z OF ENDANGERED ANIMALS comes a stunning non-fiction picture book for children with a love of animals and a thirst for all things encyclopaedic. This exquisite full-colour picture book is packed with interesting facts and is perfect for young conservationists and students with a keen interest in the world around us.

On this expedition through the alphabet, you will encounter some of Australia’s rare and enchanting animals, from the gorgeous azure kingfisher and the sleepy koala, to the shy numbat and the friendly zebra finch.

Come on an illustrated journey through Australia’s unique wildlife with Tasmanian artist Jennifer Cossins.

‘For… children who have an enquiring mind and a thirst for knowledge, any book by Tasmanian author and artist Jennifer Cossins is ideal.’ Kids’ Book Review


Learn your alphabet whilst also learning about Australian animals! What could be more fun? Jennifer Cossins has created another fantastic alphabet book – this time with a focus on Australian animals that readers of all ages will adore. First published in 2018, the A-Z of Australian Animals has been released as a paperback, and will sit nicely with Jennifer’s other books, like the Ultimate Animal Alphabet Book and the Ultimate Animal Numbers Book, to begin and build on a child’s understanding of letters and numbers, alongside animals, ecology, and Australian animals in particular in this book. Each letter is paired with an Australian animal – some well-known and others that might not be, the common name, the scientific name size, a description and fun fact, and a colourful illustration of the animal.

The combination of the above makes it an engaging and educational read, to help children recognise letters, animals, and their names, and give them a chance to learn whilst having fun. It is the kind of book that engages children visually, aurally, and for their literacy development as young children. Each child will respond differently, but ultimately, the book allows this to happen and allows kids to learn in their own way whilst enjoying this book. There were some animals I’d never heard of so it was fun to find out more about Australia’s fauna diversity, and where they live whilst also recognising the ones we all know well.

Its focus on Australian animals is perfect for an Australian audience, and can help introduce an international audience and newcomers to our country to our varied wildlife, and showcases how special they are to Australia. It can be used at home for entertainment, in a home-schooling environment, or in a classroom setting for a variety of reasons, and can be enjoyed by kids of all ages – it is one that will be loved for a long time to come.

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