Life in a Hollow

April 2023
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    11th April 2023
  • ISBN 9781486316342
  • Language English
  • Pages 32 pp.
  • Size 9.84" x 9.84"
  • Images color illus throughout

Who is home in the hollow?

Tree hollows are very special places that provide animals, both big and small, with a space to nest and feel safe.

Explore life in a tree hollow in the Australian bush and meet the native creatures who come to call a hollow a home. You’ll be surprised just how many choose to move in!

You’ll also discover the important role tree hollows play in the environment and how we can help protect them.

Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 5 to 9.


  • Highlights the importance of tree hollows for native birds and marsupials.
  • Explores how one tree can provide a home to many different species.
  • Engaging non-fiction narrative with charming illustrations and rhyming text to delight younger readers.

"In Australia almost 350 species of animal need a tree hollow for resting, nesting or hiding. This book is sure to pique curiosity, stimulate imagination, spark conversation and foster conservation, by illuminating the parade of diverse animals homed over the evolution of a single tree hollow. With dreamy illustrations and lyrical prose Life in a Hollow is sure to become a treasured go-to."

Abbie Mitchell, author of A Hollow Is a Home (CSIRO Publishing, 2019), 30 September 2022

David Gullan

David Gullan is a primary school teacher, who developed a love of Australian wildlife from his parents. He now aims to share his passion for Australia’s native creatures with children everywhere.

Suzanne Houghton

Suzanne Houghton is an award-winning author and illustrator of several books, including Wonderful Wasps and Life in a Hollow. She loves nothing more than to splash color on a page and bring joy to readers.

picture book; tree hollows; Australian bush; wildlife