A Hollow is a Home

October 2019
More details
  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    17th October 2019
  • ISBN 9781486308057
  • Language English
  • Pages 104 pp.
  • Size 9.8" x 8.5"
  • Images color illus, maps, & photos

Do you know what a tree hollow is?

To you and me, a tree hollow is just a hole, cavity or tunnel in a tree or branch. But to an animal, that hollow may be a bedroom, hiding place, nursery or shelter. It is the ultimate tree house!

Come and take a peek inside the amazing world of tree hollows and discover more than 340 species of incredible Australian animals that call hollows home. With color photos of glorious gliders, darting dunnarts, minute microbats and many more, this book is full of fun facts about animals that use tree hollows as places for resting, nesting or hiding.

Find out how hollows are created, why they are threatened, and meet scientists who spend their time hollow-hunting. There are also plenty of tips on how you can spot hollows yourself, help to protect the environment and encourage habitat for hollow-dependent animals.

  • Highly visual and engaging content, making learning easy and fun
  • The first book for young readers dedicated to Australian hollow-dependent species
  • Teaches young readers about Australia’s unique fauna and their habitat requirements, and inspires the next generation to tackle the challenge of biodiversity loss

How to use this book
1: What is a tree hollow?
2: A hollow is a home
3: Hello hollows
4: Nature's apartment block
5: Hollow hunting
6: Hollow housekeeping
7: How safe is my tree?
8: Alternatives to hollows
9: A world of hollows
10: Through a scientist's eyes
11: Hollow heroes
List of hollow-using species in Australia
Nest box designs
Other useful links

Abbie Mitchell

Abbie Mitchell is an environmental educator who provides school and community programs to celebrate and promote Australian biodiversity. She lives in the bush with her husband, two kids, some stingless beehives and a couple of charismatic dogs – and lots of native creatures.

Astred Hicks

Astred Hicks is an award-winning book designer, illustrator, and author. Her illustrations have appeared in books shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, and highly commended in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Astred was also the illustrator of A Hollow Is a Home and Ocean Animals.

children's book, habitats, Australian animals