A delightful addition to the Nature Storybooks series, The Echidna Near My Place tells the story of a child and their nana, and the echidna they love to follow around

Nana and I walk through the paddock most days. And you know what? An echidna lives here. We don’t always see it. But I’m always looking for it.

As a young child and their nana go for walks together, they follow a short-beaked echidna keenly observing and discussing what its life might be life. Learn with them about what echidnas eat, where they live, and how they protect themselves.

A wonderful addition to the acclaimed and award-winning Nature Storybook series, which provides memorable reading experiences, combining narrative and factual forms.


This is the latest addition to the Nature Storybooks series, one of my favourites for young readers as it combines a narrative story with a factual account so they learn so much more about the fascinating creatures that inhabit their world, particularly Australia.

The Bottom Shelf

If you’re looking for a book that will teach you lots about echidnas and has fun illustrations as well as quirky story, then this might just be it.

Oz Book Snail

Sue Whiting introduces us to the world of the ‘spiny anteater’ in a heart-warming story between a child and her grandmother.

CBCA Reading Time

A familiar native animal to Australia and parts of New Guinea is the sole focus in The Echidna Near My Place (Walker) by Sue Whiting, illustrated by Cate James. It’s teeming with interesting facts (the snout is usually seven to eight centimetres long, they eat about 40,000 ants a day) about a solitary animal often only glimpsed through a car window. By book’s end, young readers will have a renewed respect for this tenacious, toothless, and shy animal.

Sydney Morning Herald

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