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children's picture books about our planet and the animals we share it with.

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About Us

Tusk Books features books by award-winning author Nicole Godwin with animals rights, environmental and social justice themes. Nicole creates some books directly through Tusk Books and others with leading Australian publishers such as Wild Dog Books, CSIRO Publishing and Walker Books Australia.

Our aim is to plant seeds of compassion for animals and to help families thing more deeply about the interconnected world around them. Nicole's next book 'Swoop' will be released in September 2022.

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Swoop

Magpie has one job, one desire, one purpose: KEEP THE EGGS SAFE. Always on alert for danger, will Magpie’s determination be enough when rock-carrying intruders arrive?

Why do magpies swoop and why do we have such a fascination with them? Discover more about these clever and cheeky and charming songbirds through this delightful book. Published by CSIRO Publishing, this book includes illustrations by Susannah Crispe.

Visit the Swoop Page to learn more.

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We Are Australians

We Are Australians, explores what it truly means to be an Australian citizen. Co-authored by Nicole Godwin and Wiradjuri man, Duncan Smith OAM, this book reflects on our rich First Nations history and encourages readers to walk forward together, stamping our feet to wake up the ancestors and listening deeply to stories. To points of view. To Country.

Published by Wild Dog Books, the book includes exquisite artwork from acclaimed artist, Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung man, Jandamarra Cadd.

Visit the We Are Australians page to learn more and see the book trailer.

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Jelly-Boy

Find out what happens when a jellyfish falls in love with a plastic bag she mistakes for a jelly-boy. Will their love endure or will she learn the dangerous truth? A quirky picture book, with a strong message, Jelly-Boy will inspire the next generation of readers to protect the animals in our oceans.

Published by Walker Books Australia, written by Nicole Godwin and Illustrated by Christopher Nielsen.

Visit the Jelly-Boy page to learn more and see the book trailer.

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Billie

Written by Nicole Godwin and illustrated by Demelsa Haughton, this eye-opening story draws attention to the human-made perils for dolphins and other marine wildlife. Billie sets off to find the biggest wave and soon encounters issues such as pollution, huge driftnets, dolphins in captivity and whaling. Will Billie find the biggest wave? And why does Billie have a fishing net stuck to her tail? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Click below to check out the Billie page to order your copy and see the book trailer.

Ella

Written by Nicole Godwin and illustrated by Demelsa Haughton, Ella tells the story of a baby elephant who was taken from her mum to work in the tourism industry. Visit the Ella page where you can find out more and even get a sneak peak at some of the pages. You may also want to check out media articles about Ella and teaching resources.

You can purchase Ella online here or check out where you can find us in person at markets and festivals here.

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