National Threatened Species Day: Stories to share

September 6th, 2021

National Threatened Species Day is a time to reflect on and celebrate our unique native flora and fauna. We believe that encouraging children to learn and care about these species is fundamental to protecting them into the future.
Five kids book covers on a background of real life grass. The books are Hold On, Plantastic, Bouncing Back, One Potoroo, and Phasmid

National Threatened Species Day is an opportunity to share stories with children about our unique fauna and flora.


Each year National Threatened Species Day is commemorated on 7 September – a date specifically chosen as it is the anniversary of the death of the last known Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, in captivity.

While the sad significance of the date is an important one to reflect on, National Threatened Species Day is also an opportunity to raise awareness of Australia’s plants, animals and ecosystems currently facing threats, and recognise the passionate people working hard to conserve them.

We choose to share stories of threatened species in beautifully produced picture books for children.



Encouraging children to take an interest in our unique fauna and flora is fundamental to protecting them into the future, as it promotes a love of nature and a sense of caring and responsibility for the environment. A book that will inspire is One Potoroo: A Story of Survival written by Penny Jaye and illustrated by Alicia Rogerson. It tells the tale of the Gilbert’s Potoroo, the world’s most endangered marsupial, and is inspired by real life events of rescuing a potoroo after bushfire destroys its home.


A Gilbert's Potoroo standing on hind legs, surrounded by leaf litter

The Gilbert’s Potoroo is the world’s most endangered marsupial. (Photo: Dick Walker & the Gilbert’s Potoroo Action Group)


Many of you might not have heard of the Gilbert’s Potoroo, and author Penny Jaye herself first learned about the species from a promotional brochure. The leaflet told the story of bushfire sweeping through the scrub at Two People’s Bay in Western Australia, leaving only seven of the species behind.

“As I was doing research for the book I was struck by the proactive approach taken by the conservation team working with the Gilbert’s Potoroos. Their attitude wasn’t one of ‘if a fire comes’, but ‘when a fire comes’. They foresaw the devastating impact a fire could have, and were able to proactively identify alternate environments for the potoroos to be relocated to,” explains Penny.

Author Penny Jaye smiling and holding a copy of her book One Potoroo

The plight of the Gilbert’s Potoroo and the passionate people working to save them, was a story author Penny Jaye had to tell.

With approximately only 100 animals left, the Gilbert’s Potoroo is the world’s most endangered marsupial, which is why this conservation tale is so important to share.

“The Gilbert’s Potoroo is a fantastic example of the interconnectedness between a species and its natural habitat, reminding us that there is an ecological balance we need to respect and pay attention to. I would love young readers to be excited to learn more about Australia’s unique animals, and the work that can be done to protect and provide for them.”

“There is a very proactive role people can play in protecting species like this and I hope children will imagine the possibilities for their own involvement in conservation, whether they are scientists, researchers or volunteers,” shares Penny.

So this National Threatened Species Day we hope you take the time to reflect on, learn about, and celebrate Australia’s amazing plants, animals and ecosystems, and that you are inspired by the work being done by conservationists, researchers, volunteers, and community experts, to protect them for generations to come.


Great children’s books to share, educate and inspire:

Cover of 'One Potoroo', featuring an illustration of a Gilbert's potoroo emerging from a cloth bag, surrounded by rocks and native plants on a white background.


One Potoroo: A Story of Survival

Written by Penny Jaye, illustrated by Alicia Rogerson

Cover of 'Hold on!' featuring an illustration of a spotted handfish on the ocean floor, surrounded by seaweed.


Hold On! Saving the Spotted Handfish

Written by Gina M Newton, illustrated by Rachel Tribout

Cover of Bouncing Back featuring an illustration of an eastern barred bandicoot in a rubbish tip.


Bouncing Back: An Eastern Barred Bandicoot Story

Written by Rohan Cleave, illustrated by Coral Tulloch

Cover of Phasmid featuring an illustration of a Lord Howe Island Stick Insect on a rocky outcrop at night.


Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

Written by Rohan Cleave, illustrated by Coral Tulloch

Cover of Plantastic! featuring illustrations of various Australian plants, flowers and animals surrounding the orange book title.


Plantastic! A to Z of Australian Plants

Written by Catherine Clowes, illustrated by Rachel Gyan



These books are available to order from all good bookstores, or from our website via the links above.